MDA Mission Statement
The Missouri Dairy Association, an organization of dairy producers, is committed to promote, protect and enhance the Missouri dairy industry by working to insure the profitability of dairy producers.

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Charles H. Voelker | 1960 - 2018

Charles H. Voelker, 58, of Perryville, died July 22, 2018, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau, MO.

He was born February 27, 1960 in Perryville, MO, son of Chalmer H. and Evelyn A. (Doll) Voelker.  He married Nancy M. Davis on July 30, 1983.  She survives in Perryville, MO.  

Charles was a dairy farmer.  He was a member of Christ the Savior Catholic Church and Holy Name Society in Brewer, Knights of Columbus Council 1263, Missouri Farm Bureau, Missouri Dairy Association Board member, Missouri Brown Swiss Association, former President and Director of the National Brown Swiss Association. Distinguished Dairy Breeder of the Missouri Dairy Hall of Honors. He was winner of the 2016 National Brown Swiss Active Master Breeder Award and Dairy Producer for Praire Farms Coop. Read more...

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Supreme Junior Dairy Award Now Available
The Missouri Dairy Association (MDA) is pleased to announce the 23rd Annual Supreme Junior Dairy Champion Award is now available at all local Missouri fairs with dairy cow competition. Apply now!

The award is for the supreme dairy cow (appearance) shown by junior in 4-H or FFA. The MDA board highly desires 4-H or FFA participants. There is one award per fair and no one individual can win more than once in the same year. There are no district fair winners unless the winner has not previously won at a local fair.

Previous year’s winners are eligible to win again. The Supreme Junior Dairy Champion Award consists of a certificate and a $25 CASH AWARD from MDA with statewide recognition. Apply now!

“We continue to receive great comments from the youth and their families for our support and we appreciate it, but our main goal is to encourage our youth to participate and show at Missouri’s fine local fairs,” says Ted Sheppard, MDA president from Cabool and an active dairy farmer. “The MDA board, made up of 10 dairy farmers, feels very strongly about the purpose of the award and we encourage Missouri’s dairy youth to also exhibit at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.” 

“The enthusiasm and pride of our dairy youth in taking proper care of their animals and displaying their showmanship needs to be recognized by everybody in the State so these youth are encouraged to continue their involvement in the dairy industry by returning to the family farm. Missouri is a milk deficit state which presents an opportunity for new producers and the expansion of existing dairy operations in the State," he says. “Good luck to all participants in this year’s fair competition across the state."

Questions or comments can be directed to the MDA office at 636/519-9300 or Apply now!

Welcome Governor Parson
Welcome Governor Parson!  We look forward to working with Mike and his administration. Then Lt. Gov. Parson spoke at this year's Heart of America Dairy Expo in Springfield.

Celebrating World Milk Day

Celebrating World Milk Day June 1. Toasting the day, at the Missouri Dairy Products Association summer meeting, are (front) Chris Hackman, Central Dairy and Ron Thompson, DFA; (back) Danny and Brian Opie, Opies Transport; Dave Drennan, MDA and Joe Horner, University of Missouri.

MDA Summer Classic
Save the date for the MDA Summer Classic, Friday, June 8. Join us for a Pack Barn Field Day and June Dairy Month Celebration!
Open to all dairy producers and their families and allied industry.  Registration is free!
Plan to visit the new pack barn of Lloyd and David Gunter and celebrate June Dairy Month.

10 a.m.: Tours begin with talks on manure handling, pack barn design, and feed inventory/chopping with NRCS and University of Missouri dairy specialists.
Refreshments furnished by Midwest Dairy Association
Noon: Lunch 
1 p.m.: State of Missouri June Dairy Month Proclamation presentation and introduction of special guests
1:30 p.m.: Adjourn
RSVP to Dave Drennan ( for lunch reservations. 

Missouri Farmers Care Ice Cream Social

MDA sponsored and helped serve the ice cream for the Missouri Farmers Care Ice Cream Social for state legislators and staff in the Capitol at Jefferson City on Wednesday May 2.  Pictured (L-R) are Executive Director Dave Drennan, MO Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn, MDA Director Norris and Annette Sloan of Mountain Grove, Bessie and MO Deputy Director of Agriculture Garrett Hawkins. 

MDA Supports Missouri Farmers Care Ice Cream Social

MDA sponsored and helped serve the ice cream for the Missouri Farmers Care Ice Cream Social for state legislators and staff in the Capitol at Jefferson City on Wednesday, May 2.  Pictured (L-R) are Executive Director Dave Drennan, Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn, MDA Director Norris and Annette Sloan of Mountain Grove, Bessie and Missouri Deputy Director of Agriculture Garrett Hawkins.

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Highlights from the Heart of America Dairy Expo

Kids, Cows and Camp: Preparing the Next Generation

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – With an aging population of farmers and producers, preparing agriculture’s next generation is more important than ever.

University of Missouri Extension has been teaching dairy producers how to hand over their operations to that next generation. “That’s very important if we want to keep the industry alive,” said Karla Deaver, MU Extension 4-H youth specialist.


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Missouri Dairy Association
David R. Drennan - Executive Director 
1954 Sumter Ridge Court
Chesterfield, MO 63017 
Phone: (636) 519-9300 
Fax: (636) 519-1403


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