Susquehanna County 4-Hers excel at PA State Junior Dairy Show

CE-MR-2-Susquehanna CountyThirty-five Susquehanna County Dairy 4-Hers recently traveled to the PA Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg to compete at the PA State Junior Dairy Show. Participants qualified for the State Show by exhibiting and receiving a blue ribbon at the District Dairy Show. Susquehanna County was well represented, and did an excellent job competing against other 4-H Dairy members from across the state.

Once again, Susquehanna County was very proud to have three 4-Hers exhibit State Champions. [Read more…]

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…]