Chester Co. Dairyman to be Recognized as 2015 Distinguished Alumnus

Posted: October 25, 2015

William Moore, Walmoore Holsteins, West Grove, Chester County, will be recognized by Penn State's Department of Animal Science on Friday, November 13, at a departmental ceremony

William Moore, Walmoore Holsteins, West Grove, Chester County, will be recognized as the 2015 Dairy Science Distinguished Alumnus by Penn State's Department of Animal Science on Friday, November 13, at a departmental ceremony.

Moore began the herd with his first purchase between his junior and senior year at Penn State. Today, Walmoore Holsteins includes about 875 milking cows and an additional 675 young stock. They farm 1400 acres of corn, alfalfa, wheat, soy beans, triticale and perennial grasses, and employ 12 fulltime and two regular part-time people. During peak harvest times an additional five or six people come on board.

An innovator and creative thinker, Moore had the first milking parlor in Chester County, in 1960, and developed a self-propelled windrow merger thirty years ago.

Dr. Terry Etherton, Head of the Department of Animal Science, said, "It is a delight to recognize Bill for the many contributions he has made to the dairy industry, to agricultural preservation and to the broader community. We look forward to welcoming him and his family to campus in recognition of the strong and lasting impact he has had."

Moore said, "When I received the call from Terry Etherton, I was humbled. It is particularly gratifying that the honor is being given to one of generations of dirt farmers from the trenches where the rubber meets the road as we have had to deal with the challenges of the EPA, FSA, Zoning Board, CAFO, stink bugs and shatter cane." Moore said he appreciates the practical education he received at Penn State which created the basis for his success as a businessman.

The family farm was named a Century farm in 2009, and the Chester County Farm of the year in 2001. It spans five generations of the Moore family.

With Moore fully committed to agricultural preservation, the farm was preserved in the first round of agricultural preservation in Chester County in 1992. He served on the Chester County Agricultural Land Preservation Board from 1999-2011 and on the Agricultural Security Area Advisory Committee for London Grove Township from 1995-2010.  He was on the Chester County Committee of the USDA Farm Service Agency from 1998-2008 and the Environmental Committee of the Brandywine Conservancy in Chadds Ford from 1998-2004.

Moore is a member of Genex Breeders Co-op, Land O'Lakes Dairy Co-op and Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, Chester County Holstein Association and Dairy One, all of which he served in various leadership capacities over the years.

A 1957 graduate of Penn State, Moore was a member of the Coaly Honor Society, Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, the Agricultural Student Council and served as president of the Dairy Science Club. He also was employed at the dairy barns as a student.

He was president of the Penn State Ag Alumni Association in 1972.

He is active in the London Grove Friends Meeting and served his community as a member of the zoning hearing board and township supervisor, a 4-H club and Boy Scout Troop leader, and the Westtown Friends School Board.

Moore and his wife Sally have traveled widely, including agricultural trips to South America, Italy, Australia and New Zealand. Fulfilling his love of history, he has traveled on the Lewis and Clark Trail, the Oregon Trail and the Santa Fe Trail. He enjoys antique farm equipment and is the owner of a team of oxen as well as horses for riding and sleigh pulling.

He is married to Sara Walter "Sally" Moore, a 1957 Penn State graduate. They have three children and twelve grandchildren. Four generations of the family have been Penn Staters.