The Thurmont sale: The New Year’s Day tradition

by Hope Holland

Between the dips of the economy and the new-wave attitude that horses are no longer livestock but pets the good old horse auction has almost vanished from the agricultural scene. However, RSD Horse Auctions, LLC is proving to be the exception every first Friday of the month. This small community could not be better suited to the agricultural purpose of the sale with neighboring Pennsylvania barely 15 minutes north up Route 15 from Thurmont and West Virginia and Virginia easily less than an hour to the south along the same road. [Read more…]

Feeding your horse naturally, part 2

by Paul Burdziakowski

In part 1 of feeding your horse naturally, holistic horse expert, Dr. Harman covered the basics of proper nutrition. The cornerstone of optimal nutrition comes from six main classes of nutrients including water, fats, carbohydrates, protein, vitamins and minerals. In order to get these six nutrients in the horses diet Dr. Harman offered some basic guidelines to follow. [Read more…]

2016 Championship Skid Steer Rodeo won by Mitchell Stinespring

cm-mr-19-4-Skid-steer-rodeo1by Jon M. Casey

The 2016 Country Folks Championship Skid Steer Rodeo at the Virginia Farm Show, was sponsored by the Virginia Farm Bureau and Young, Nicholas, Branner & Phillips, LLP an accounting firm located in Harrisonburg, VA. With fifteen competitors competing for cash and trophies on six skid loaders, this year’s competition found several new names at the top of the winner’s list. When the dust settled, Mitchell Stinespring walked away as this year’s Champion. [Read more…]

Goat meat featured at 100th PA Farm Show

CM-37-1-Goat-meat-feature1dby T.W. Burger

According to the U.S. Extension Service, goat meat has been making inroads into the U.S. market for some time. That fact was hammered home at the 100th running of the Pennsylvania State Farm Show this January in Harrisburg.

For the first time ever, goat meat was featured in the show’s food court, served as a mild, slightly sweet blend of ground meat and taco sauce in a dish called “Walking Goat Tacos.”

Volunteers at the stand reported the treat was selling well. One member of the state meat goat association said the meat was “practically selling out every day.”  [Read more…]

Lee Newspapers makes an investment in the future of printing

CEW-MR-3-Lee-Newspapersq2Starting in late 2014, Lee Newspapers began the process of upgrading their printing capabilities.

Lee produces an average of 87,000 publications each week and uses about 40,000 pounds of newsprint. Over 95 percent of our printing is our own publications. Our goal is to upgrade the appearance of our publications and to also serve the commercial printing needs of publishers and customers in our surrounding area. To do this we needed to bring in some newer and faster equipment. [Read more…]