Diversity is important in ecosystems, stock portfolios and farm sustainability. The Tangerini family demonstrates success with diverse enterprises at their 67-acre farm in Millis, MA. Neighbors and visitors treasure the open space and support this diverse agricultural operation west of Boston. Tangerini’s Spring Street Farm is a model for open space preservation for landowners who want to see their land remain productive while sharing it with future generations. [Read more…]
University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H selected 30 4-H’ers to represent Vermont at the show. They competed in both fitting and showmanship classes, where exhibitors are judged on their poise and presentation and handling of their animal, and in conformation classes, where the animal is evaluated on body condition and appearance. Awards also were presented by breed for state herds with Vermont winning first place for Brown Swiss and Holstein and fourth for Ayrshire. [Read more…]
BURLINGTON, VA — Several Vermont 4-H’ers had an opportunity to represent the state in dairy competitions at Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA recently.
In the general dairy knowledge contest, held Sept. 17, Maggie Kirby of East Montpelier placed fifth overall in the senior division. Sharon Palmer of Weybridge came in 7th. In the junior division, Elizabeth Menard of Fairfield was 7th and Lillianne Seward of East Wallingford, 9th. All dairy exhibitors were required to take part in this contest. [Read more…]
Cedarcut Burdette Clove Colata, owned by Erin Curtiz-Szalach of Cazenovia, NY, took home first place in the Senior Three-Year-Old Cow class, and was awarded Bred & Owned, Best Udder, and Production at the International Ayrshire Show on Sept. 29 at World Dairy Expo. She also took home Intermediate Champion Female and Grand Champion Female honors in addition to Grand Champion of the Junior Show. Colata was awarded the Udder Comfort $1,000 Grand Champion Cash Award. Reserve Grand Champion Female was awarded to Ski-Pal L G Kalina, owned by Glamourview of Walkersville, MD. Kalina placed second in the Senior Three-Year-Old class and received Reserve Intermediate Champion Female honors.
It seems like every year the Pennsylvania Dairy Princess Coronation is less pageant and more entertainment. Don’t misunderstand. All of the pageant trimmings are there – tiaras, gowns, milk toasts, and a plethora of pageant and princess photographs from yesteryear. Those pictures festoon the Radisson Hotel lobby in Harrisburg with a room dedicated to scrapbooks of princessiana off the lobby. There is singing, acting, recitation, a bit of light footwork that passes for dancing on occasion only because there isn’t any real room for it onstage. To top it all off there is Kirk Sattazahn, the pageant’s perennial emcee, a genial humorist whose jokes always deliver. When the judging gets to the ‘push comes to shove’ stage, the judges are faced with assessing stage ability – speeches, radio commercials, Mary Poppins ‘selling’ milk (this year), and a host of thespian-related abilities. But exactly what is a dairy princess? According to the 59th Pageant program guide, she is many things. [Read more…]