Brothers at Ag Expo share interest in cows

August 08, 2002|by Liz Boch

Sitting in his little red wagon across from his younger brother, Taylor Crabtree summed up his perspective on dairy cattle: "I like the cows, but they're stinky."

Taylor, 5, of Hagerstown, was at the Washington County Ag Expo with his parents and 2-year-old brother Jayden Eichelberger Wednesday. He said he rode the ponies and petted the "big animals, not the small ones."

Taylor said he wanted to see the bulls because he was not afraid of them, even if he only came up to their knees.


Jayden seemed excited to watch a dairy steer pass by, pointing out, "That's a cow right there."

Taking the morning to relax in the shade after days of blistering heat, a group of Ag Expo kids competed in an almost never-ending card game.

Hagerstown resident Jamie Beckley, 14, told fellow player Austin Lewis, 17, also of Hagerstown, to sit down after she discovered that he had a distinct advantage over her and the other three players by standing over the pile of cards.

"What is up with you doing that?" said Tommy Shank, 14, of Hagerstown, after he lost a play, apparently because of Austin's edge.

Garrett Hamby, 12, and Travis Rhoton, 11, pass the time at Ag Expo by playing tricks on others.

After making off with a bucket of goat's milk from Travis's sister, Angela Rhoton, and pouring it into a milk bottle, they tried to sell the milk for $40.

"No one would take it because it wasn't pasteurized, but it was in a clean bucket," Hamby, of Williamsport, said.

When that plan didn't work, they convinced people to drink it straight from the bottle.

Travis, of Williamsport, said they got someone to take a drink "and we drank some. It was really good ... fresh from the goat."

Garrett said after he squeezed chocolate sauce in the milk to improve its taste, the secret was revealed.

"The trick would have succeeded, but Patrick Hammond told everybody it was goat's milk," he said. "We got to see what other jokes we can pull off."

The two were last seen Wednesday at the pony rides near the tractor display.

With a high of only 79 degrees Wednesday, Timmy Martin, 12, said it has become much easier for his pigs to gain weight before the sale on Saturday.

He said he wants to put an extra 5 to 10 pounds on his pigs before the auction.

"So far, ours have done OK," Timmy, of Smithsburg, said. "We feed them twice a day and increased the amount of feed to three cups each time."

He said he put down sand in his pens because it holds more moisture than wood shavings, thus keeping the animals cooler. The cooler they are, the more they eat.

While his pigs squealed in the wash ring from the hot sun, Timmy said he understood why they prefer the shade.

"I think they don't like it shining in their eyes and they're used to being indoors," he said. "Plus pigs don't sweat so the heat can really get to them."

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