Youth demonstrate their skills at the Southern Maryland Invitational Livestock Expo

SONY DSCby Hope Holland

The Southern Maryland Invitational Livestock Expo (SMILE) is the fruition of the collaborative efforts of volunteers from the five-county region of Southern Maryland, University of Maryland Extension staff, the St. Mary’s County Fair Board and The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland. Participation in the Southern Maryland Invitational Livestock Expo is open to youth 8 to 21 years of age from the entire region of Southern Maryland, including Anne Arundel, Prince Georges, and Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties, and other counties by invitation. The 2014 show was held on June 21 in Leonardtown, MD. [Read more…]

Junior hereford exhibitors head East

CEW-MR-1-JrHerefordby Rebecca Long Chaney

HARRISBURG, PA — More than 600 junior exhibitors from 34 states across the country spent a week here for the VitaFerm Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE).

“I honestly think it’s the best junior national I’ve been too,” said Andy Billing of Greendale, NJ, co-chair New Jersey. representative on the six-state joint host JNHE planning committee. “The Farm Show Complex was a great facility to host the event. It’s the first time for all the cattle to be in one barn. The complex is air conditioned and there was plenty of trailer parking.” [Read more…]

Misfit Acres

CE-MR-Misfit Acres4by Katie Navarra

No stranger to cattle, Robert Bentley of Argyle, NY, was an avid team penning and sorting competitor until two years ago. At the Washington County Fair his children entered poultry in the fair and met several other youth competing with their beef cattle. “My daughter, Brianna, the younger of our children, got to be friends with another girl who was a member of the Jr. Beef Club,” he explained.

His children, Brian (17) and Brianna (13) showed an interest in the local 4-H club, the Washington County Jr. Beef Club and soon became members, eager to learn the skills needed to raise, care for and prepare beef cattle for the show ring. [Read more…]

The little engine that could: Barstow’s Longview Farm

CN-MR-3-LittleEngine041by Laura Rodley

Cows have always been considered unusual due to their unique style of digestion: their stomach has four chambers. Now Barstow’s Longview Farm in Hadley, MA will be known for having a unique stomach of its own — a BGreen Energy’s Anaerobic Digester that converts manure and food scraps into fertilizer and enough electricity to power the entire farm, plus surrounding houses. The key word is sustainable.

Septimus Barstow started the farm in 1806. It is now managed by 6th generation David Barstow and his brother Steven, with 7th generation Steven Barstow II poised to take over. They raise 450 Holsteins, farm 400 acres and employ six people. Fifteen more people work at Barstow’s Dairy Store and Bakery. [Read more…]