Goodling receives Extension Award from dairy group

Posted: February 13, 2012

The Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association has honored Robert Goodling, extension associate in dairy and animal science, with its 2012 Extension Award.
Extension Award honoree Robert Goodling

Extension Award honoree Robert Goodling

The award, which was presented at the recent Pennsylvania Dairy Summit in Lancaster, goes annually to an individual working in extension and serving Pennsylvania’s dairy industry.

Goodling works in a variety of areas related to data and record management, dairy profitability, genetics and reproduction. He was a key developer of the Profitability Assessment Dairy Tool, as well as the sole developer of a series of data-analysis tools designed to help producers pinpoint production areas needed to gain improvement on the farm.

Most recently, Goodling collaborated with colleagues across the country to develop a herd-assessment tool for genetic evaluation using information from parent averages and DHIA records.
Goodling previously was an extension educator in Lebanon County, where he worked with a number of dairy profit teams and presented workshops on enhancing reproductive management, utilizing accounting programs and building team management skills.
Goodling represents Penn State on the Center for Dairy Excellence’s board of directors and is a past president of the Pennsylvania Association of County Agricultural Agents.