Jeremy and Jody Sharrard of Peck were selected as the state winning 2011 Outstanding Young Dairy Cooperators. They represented Michigan Milk Producers Association's (MMPA) District 8 and the Southern Sanilac Local in the annual OYDC conference, August 17-18. The Sharrards were selected to participate in the program earlier this year by fellow dairy farmers in their district.
Jeremy and Jody farm in an LLC with Jeremy's dad and uncle. Jeremy and Jody manage the herd of 670 cows while his dad manages the farm's 1175 acres of cropland. Jeremy serves as local vice president of the MMPA Southern Sanilac Local. They are also active in the county 4-H and as a Little League coaches.
As the state winning cooperators, Jeremy and Jody represent MMPA at various industry and Association activities. Chris and Michele Daniels of Whittemore, Mich., were selected as the runner-up cooperators. Selection of the OYDC is based on the applicant's farming operations, farm-related and community activities and demonstrated leadership abilities.
The State OYDC Conference, held at MMPA headquarters in Novi, provides participants with information about milk marketing activities, cooperatives, milk testing procedures and other current events within the dairy industry. The program has been held annually during the past 61 years.
"The OYDC program identifies outstanding young leaders in our organization and provides an opportunity for them to gain a greater understanding of milk marketing activities and MMPA," says Ken Nobis, MMPA president.
All the MMPA District OYDCs will be officially recognized at MMPA's 2012 Annual Meeting to be held next March in Lansing.
MMPA is a member-owned and operated cooperative serving over 2,100 dairy farmers throughout Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana.