Field Notes
Members traveled to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to visit Mason Dixon Farm owned by the Waybright family whose ancestors purchased the original tract of 375 acres from Richard Penn. The farm, which derives its name from the fact that it is situated on the Mason-Dixon Line, produces 80,000 quarts of milk daily and, at 3,000 acres, is one of the largest and most technologically advanced dairy operations in the world. Much of the equipment used on the farm is designed by the Waybrights. A manure digester generates enough electricity to run the operation and sell excess energy to the local utility company. A new robotic milking system is the first such system to be installed on a farm in the U.S. Richard Waybright, who heads the operation, represents the seventh generation of Waybrights to do so. The eighth generation runs the farm on a day-to-day basis. Richard Waybright is a past president of the PSPA.