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Holstein convention to be held March 7-8 in Washington County

February 05, 2008

The 2008 Maryland Holstein Convention will be hosted by the Washington County Holstein Association March 7 and 8.

The annual meeting and banquet will be Friday, March 7, at the Williamsport Fire Hall off Interstate 81 on Md. 68 in Williamsport.

The sale will be Saturday, March 8, at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center. The center is 7 miles south of Interstate 70 on Md. 65, Sharpsburg Pike.

The day meeting on March 7 will feature Pete Gelber from Montezuma, Ga. Gelber graduated from Cornell with a degree in animal science. He moved to Florida in 1990 and began working for Alliance Dairies as a herdsman. In 1997, he became a partner in the Mastock Dairy in Georgia and in 2002 a partner in a second Georgia dairy. Gelber will be sharing his general philosophies on dairying, economics and the challenges of turning a dairy into a winner.

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A tour of Blue Seal Feeds will be available for the junior members followed by lunch and bowling.

The annual banquet will be held at 7 p.m. at the Williamsport Fire Hall followed by junior awards, scholarship announcements and introduction of the dairy judging and dairy bowl teams.

A silent auction will be held throughout the day and a live auction held at the banquet.

These auctions are to benefit the Holstein youth traveling to the 2008 National Convention and the Maryland Judging Team traveling to Europe to compete at the Royal Highland Show in Edinburg, Scotland.

To donate items for the youth traveling to the convention, contact Johanna Allen at 301-834-5358 or Carole Doody at 301- 808-7564 or to assist the Maryland Dairy Judging Team contact Kiera Finucane at 301-405-1392.

Co-managed by the Maryland State Holstein Committee and Chris Hill, auctioneer, of MD-Hillbrook, the sale will be held at 11 a.m. on March 8 at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center. Sale Chairman is Dave Lease.

With approximately 100 lots selling, there are currently 20 milk cows, 20 year-old heifers, 15 bred heifers, 30 calves and five choices of flushes.

There are pedigrees of all kinds; some with high index with dams in the top 100 cows such as Rudolph Zip, Snow Cap, Ladys Manor Autumn, Dellia, Duster Glendetta and many more.

The sale includes high type cattle with most of the cattle going back to or have full siblings that are nominated All-American or are All-American.

There are lots from the Bellwood Linda family, Idee Lustre, Chief Adeen, Ashlyn, Tobi, Roxy and more. This sale has all the makings to be a great one.

Sale catalogs are available on request by contacting Ryan Shank at 301-491-5607 or e-mail otis0085@myactv.net.

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