Crawford County ram, Ohio ewe win Junior Show Supremes at the Keystone International Livestock Expos

CW-TM-2-Crawford County 1cHarrisburg, PA — Derek Wilson of Titusville, Crawford County, PA, exhibited the Southdown named Supreme Champion Ram, while Travis Johnson of Minerva, Ohio, led the Border Leicester named Supreme Champion Ewe during the Junior Breeding Sheep Show, on Sunday, Oct. 5, during the 2014 Keystone International Livestock Exposition at the Pennsylvania Farm Show and Expo Center.

Wilson and Johnson were each presented with a $200 check sponsored by EMM Sales & Service Inc., Brownstown, Lancaster County. [Read more…]

Spring Flight Farm

CW-MR-1-Spring Flight2814by Sally Colby

John and Jacqueline Chotkowski, of Spring Flight Farm in Elmira, NY, have plenty to do with a herd of 160 to 180 cattle, but recently took time to exhibit some of their best Highland Cattle at the Keystone International Livestock Expo (KILE) in Harrisburg, PA.

The Spring Flight herd includes both purebred Highland and purebred Angus. “We use a Highland bull on our Angus cows,” said Jacqueline, who is past president of the American Highland Cattle Association. “Angus are brood cattle — they’re used to being with people. Our Angus cattle see us every day so they aren’t wild.” Jacqueline noted that because the gene for horns is recessive, nearly all of the crossbred calves are polled. “We also get hybrid vigor,” she said. “We have faster meat production but not so fast that we’re taking animals at 12 or 14 months.” [Read more…]

Horse rescuer among 2014 Empire Farm Days winners

CW-MR-1-Horse rescuerSENECA FALLS — The winners of the 2014 Empire Farm Days competitions and drawings at the farm show held at Rodman Lott and Son Farms in Seneca Falls, NY, include a horse rescuer, a dairy farmer, an organic producer, tots and teens, the NYS FFA President, and noteworthy agricultural environmental stewards.

Marty and Laurie Mosher run Haven of Rest Farm, a horse rescue operation in Owego, NY. Marty, who won the Empire Farm Days Equine Center Show King saddle sponsored by Empire Farm Days, says, “The Equine Center programs are a favorite stop at Empire Farm Days for us. We will definitely use the saddle for trail riding and with the grandkids at horse and pony shows.” [Read more…]

Elite Dairy has another banner day at the International Brown Swiss Show

MADISON, WI — The dynamic duo Ken Main and Peter Vail of Elite Dairy — home of Cutting Edge Genetics — received multiple honors during the International Brown Swiss Show on Oct. 2 at World Dairy Expo. Topping the outstanding performance for Main and Vail was Eloc Wagor Kandid, the winning Aged Cow and eventual Senior and Grand Champion. Kandid received the Udder Comfort $1,000 Grand Champion Cash Award. Elite Dairy also exhibited the Intermediate Champion and was named Premier Exhibitor of the show. Reserve Grand and Reserve Senior Champion was Brown Heaven Glenn Fantasy, owned by Brown Heaven of Verchères, Quebec. [Read more…]

From the Miss Milk Maid Contest to the Dairy Princess Coronation

CEWM-MR-3-DairyPrincess3by Steve Wagner

A former Miss Milk Maid contestant from 1958 was present at the 58th Pennsylvania Dairy Princess Coronation. She participated in the content when she was a junior at Penn State. Like many of the former dairy princesses in attendance, she had a lot to say about talk about the old days. Everything was less back when she vied for the title of Miss Milk Maid — fewer contestants, fewer prizes, less money and fewer competitive aspects. These were girls, after all, and girls were expected to be secretaries, librarians or homemakers. Agriculture and marketing were not considered viable career paths for women. [Read more…]