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2016 Outstanding Recent Alumnus

Posted: December 1, 2016

Joel Krall '06 Animal Sciences
Joel Krall '06

Joel Krall '06

Krall earned a bachelor's degree in animal science from Penn State in 2006. Shortly after graduation, he purchased his parents' dairy operation in South Lebanon through a partnership with his college roommate. Today, Krall and his wife, Christine, own and operate Furnace Hill Holsteins, a registered herd of more than 500 Holstein dairy cows, which they manage on the family farm in collaboration with his parents, Tom and Shirley Krall.

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Over the past decade, Krall and his family have more than doubled the farm's milk production, expanding and cultivating a premier dairy herd. The farm's acreage is dedicated to forage crop production for the dairy operation, which is managed with a focus on high quality feed, optimized cow comfort and milking efficiency. Krall pays close attention to assessing the genetic make-up of the cattle on the farm, which regularly contributes bulls to stud for others in the dairy industry who value the Furnace Hill herd's quality genetics.

Krall is active in the dairy and agricultural communities at a regional and state level, volunteering his time and experience to several agricultural organizations. He is treasurer of the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania board, president of the Lebanon County Holstein Association and a member of Lebanon County's Pennsylvania Farm Bureau board.

Krall has hosted Penn State agricultural students for tours of the farm, served as a guest speaker for agricultural classes and helped support the student Dairy Science Club's fundraising activities.

While he was a student at Penn State, Krall received the Graduate Production Award from the National Dairy Shrine and was recognized with the Young Dairy Leader Award by the Dairy Science Club.