BEDFORD (August 22, 2014) – Multiple beef producers across the commonwealth opened their doors to Mel Poulton, a Nuffield scholar from New Zealand, during her visit to the United States this week.  Mel spent time at Penn State University before traveling to central and southeastern Pennsylvania touring various beef farms and feedlots.

Mel and her husband run a 2,500-acre hill country beef and sheep farm in New Zealand.  She also works as an extension manager for Beef + Lamb New Zealand.  Mel is here on a Nuffield scholarship through which she is currently undertaking a four-month international tour learning about global agriculture and trade.  She recently spent a month touring South America and will visit the UK, China and India before returning home at the end of October.

The Pennsylvania tour started on Tuesday, August 19, at Nissley Bros. Farm, hosted by Darwin and Bernard Nissley.  On Wednesday, Mel toured Penn State University and met with Dr. Dave Wolfgang and Dr. Bob Van Saun, Pennsylvania State Department of Veterinary Sciences.  She began Thursday, August, 21, in Bedford, PA, with Bridget Bingham, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Beef Council; Paul Slayton, cow/calf producer and owner of BearDance Farm; and Jana Malot, Cattlemen Beef Board representative.  Thursday afternoon was spent at Herr Angus, Nottingham, where Mel visited with Herd Manager, Dennis Byrne and Christie Brown of the Pennsylvania Beef Council.  Mel ended her Pennsylvania tour on Friday, August 22, with Frank Stoltzfus at Masonic Village Farm, Elizabethtown.  She will depart for the next leg of her journey north to New York City.

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The Pennsylvania Beef Council is a producer-controlled and funded organization, which administers the Beef Checkoff Program in Pennsylvania. The Beef Checkoff Program assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. Checkoff revenues may be used for promotion, education and research programs to improve the marketing climate for beef.