Scenes from 2002 Ag Expo

August 03, 2002|by Liz Boch

When Joe Heaney's wet Yorkshire pig angrily squealed at him for hosing him down at the Ag Expo, Heaney's reaction was simple.

"If she's mad, that's her problem," the Boonsboro resident said.

His pig, known as No. 1299, had been washed twice Friday before coming to Ag Expo, but Heaney said for her to put on the pounds, she must stay cool.

"They're the same as people," he said. "When it's hot, they eat a few small meals. They eat two-tenths of a pound less for every degree above 65."


He hopes all the pig's 210 pounds will hopefully increase before she is weighed. Heaney, 17, said he would wash her another four times and feed her corn and soybean meal before she was weighed Friday.

"I just have to keep her normal, fat self going," he said.

Four-foot Katrina Smith came head-to-head with her Holstein calf "Cutie" Friday morning in the wash ring at the Ag Expo.

"She's being really good," 7-year-old Katrina said as Cutie nudged her to keep the petting going.

"She likes to be pet on her neck and ears," she said.

Katrina said she plans to work with more calves next summer and "just try my best."

"Calves are cute and smaller," Katrina, of Clear Spring, said as Cutie tried to break loose from the rope around her neck before Katrina began her bath.

It's a good thing Beth Bragunier brought more than one Angus Heifer to show at the Washington County Ag Expo.

At about 10:45 a.m., one of hers jumped off her trailer and bolted across the grounds. By afternoon it had not been back since it broke through three fences to enter the neighboring farm.

"She was excited from her trailer ride here," 17-year-old Beth said. "It was the first time she was in a trailer, plus the new smells and new surroundings; she just took off."

The Clear Spring resident said the 700-pound animal was last seen in Browning's Field behind the expo grounds around 12:30 p.m. As of 4:30 p.m., the heifer had not come home.

Beef Superintendent Kelly Shank said she hopes the heifer will return for companionship and water.

"Coming to a new place, they tend to get spooked easily," she said. "It will either come back here or go to the farm next door to see their cows and we'll get it."

Despite the heat, Angela Rhoton's Alpine dairy goat, Lucy, not only ate her own hay but stuck her head into the pen next to her and stole her neighbor's hay.

"Last year, she won reserve champion and her sister won grand in their class," the Boonsboro resident said. "It was all in the family."

Rhoton said she expects 3-year-old Lucy to do well again this year.

"She's eating despite the heat and she did well last year," the 14-year-old said. "She's had three kids and she's still going strong."

Jessica Stiles decided to not only keep her Jersey cows cool but stay chilled herself with a strawberry cheesecake-flavored snow cone in the shade.

The 15-year-old from Boonsboro has been showing animals since she was 9 and believes she has a chance at winning this year.

"I checked around and I'm pretty sure I'm the only one in my class," she said. "I'm up against myself."

Stiles said although her friends tease her, saying she wins because fewer Jerseys compete than other cow breeds, she prefers to show Jerseys because they are the "sweetest" ones.

"They're the smallest breed, but they're cute that way," she said. "Everyone thinks they're the tamest, and ours are good because they are spoiled from us rubbing their necks and giving them attention."

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