A half-ton (0.45 metric tons) of butter was transformed into a sculpture to celebrate Pennsylvania’s dairy industry and mark the start of the state’s 102nd Farm Show. The butter came from waste scrap butter unsuitable for human consumption and was turned into energy in a methane digester after the show.
The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the nation’s largest indoor agricultural event, featuring 12,000 competitive exhibits, more than 5,200 of which are animal competitions.
The sculpture was sponsored by the American Dairy Association North East (ADANE) and reflected the show’s theme, “Strength in our Diversity,” by depicting a dairy cow, a dairy farmer, an agronomist, a milk processor and a consumer, carrying agriculture products from Pennsylvania.
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding says the sculpture highlights the careers and roles the dairy industry plays in the state.