Ag Expo notes

August 10, 2002|by Liz Boch

Sydney Davis of Williamsport was one of the few youngsters who withstood watching "Glitter," a Holstein dairy cow owned by Brooks Long, give birth to a bull calf Friday morning.

"I want it to be a girl," Davis, 3, said staring intently through the pen. It's going to be a girl."

Once the gender was announced, Davis gave her slow approval.

"I guess it's OK. I like him. He's got hay all over him," she said as Glitter cleaned her newborn off with her tongue.

About 40 people watched the 35-minute birth. Glitter was supposed to be shown in the Open Class Dry Cow Show Friday morning, but fell over and prepared for labor 10 minutes before the contest.


"It's a lot worse for them because it's so much bigger with no drugs," said Megan Newkirk, 17, of Boonsboro. "I want all the drugs when I do this."

Wendy Welsch could not keep up with her daughter, Mady, 2, in the petting farm.

Running around in her giraffe T-shirt with neon yellow glasses, the Hagerstown girl yelled, "Look at him, Mommy! What's stinky?" as she pointed at the dairy cows.

Mady was off and running before Wendy could answer her and said, "Look at the pony! He's big, big, big!"

Next were the baby pigs, where she cocked her head of blonde curls and asked "What are they doing?" while the piglets fed on their mother.

Wendy finally rested when her daughter backed away from another dairy cow and said "I love him, but I don't want to pet him" and casually walked away.

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