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January 10, 2006
Few people who have grown up on the farm would dispute the idea that modern machinery has taken much of the back-breaking hand work out of agriculture. But although there have been advances in breeding livestock, how many cattle a farmer can raise or milk has been determined by how much land is available on which to pasture them. Until now, that is. Last week The Associated Press (AP) reported that a number of breeders are developing "mini-cattle. " Most are now being sold as pets, but their advocates say they have the potential to allow farmers, especially those with fewer acres, to get a better return on their investments.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | June 26, 1999
BOONSBORO - Melody and Dorie are used to being pampered. They receive the best food, are constantly groomed and have spacious grazing pastures. In return, they have provided cattle developer Ernie Kueffner with some rather large trophies and valuable frozen embryos. Now Kueffner, 48, of 431 Potomac St., is preparing to sell them and about 38 other cows, heifers and calves on July 3 at an auction that is expected to draw 300 to 500 people to the Washington County Agricultural Education Center off Sharpsburg Pike.
NEWS
October 3, 2006
HARRISBURG As his wife, children, and grandchildren watched from ringside, David Patrick of Maple Dell Farm in Woodbine, Md., exhibited both the Grand and Junior Champion at the All-American Ayrshire Show in Harrisburg on Sept. 20. After being named Intermediate Champion of last year's All-American, Maple Dell Zorro Dafourth won the 4-Year-Old class and was named Senior and Grand Champion. "This cow is just exceptional," judge Lynn Lee said. "She is the complete package with the winning combination of style, dairyness and a terrific mammary system.
NEWS
October 14, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 39-year-old man accused of selling a man's cattle and pocketing the money was arraigned Monday on one count of grand larceny in Berkeley County Magistrate Court. Robert Mitchell Boyd of Bunker Hill, W.Va., was released on personal recognizance after Magistrate Jim Humphrey set a $10,000 bond, according to court records. Boyd is accused of selling at least five animals between June 2006 and May 2007 when he was a caretaker of Mill Creek Farm in Bunker Hill, according to a complaint filed by Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Deputy Lt. D.S. McGown.
NEWS
November 27, 2007
HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania's nationally recognized veterinary laboratory is preparing more than 6,000 cattle for export to Saudi Arabia and Turkey in the next two months, Ag Secretary Dennis Wolff said. All of the cattle were blood tested for diseases through the lab to meet rigid export requirements and to ensure animal and human safety. "We commend the efforts of those working in the vet laboratory who efficiently and accurately conducted the testing on such a large number of animals," Wolff said.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | June 19, 2013
Cops turned into cowboys Wednesday afternoon as Maryland state troopers and Washington County sheriff's deputies tried to corral an elusive herd of bovine escapees along Interstate 81 north of Hagerstown. Five beef cattle escaped through a break in a fence and wandered north and then south along the shoulder of the interstate, frequently disappearing into the dense brush and woods bordering the highway. The incident started at 2:07 p.m. with a 911 call from a motorist who told a dispatcher that a man was running up and down the highway warning drivers to slow down because of the renegade cattle, said Cpl. James Grinnan of the Maryland State Police.
NEWS
By JEFF SEMLER | October 13, 2009
While there's not a whole lot to celebrate in the dairy industry these days, for several local dairy producers there are some things to feel good about. For those of you outside of agriculture or the dairy business, each fall there are several major dairy industry gatherings, including one in Harrisburg, Pa., and another in Madison, Wis. These gatherings are known as the All-American Dairy Show and the World Dairy Expo, respectively. They are part trade show, part cattle show, part youth contests and part social gathering.
NEWS
By MARIE GILBERT | June 5, 2010
HAGERSTOWN -- The lead longhorn danced down a sloping passageway, followed by a dozen other cattle forming an undulating river of beef. With their massive bodies and curling horns, they slid through a wooden gate and into a show ring, where people greeted them with respectful nods. The Texas Longhorn -- symbol of the American West -- had made a grand entrance. A durable legend, it still can turn heads. But this wasn't a town along the Chisholm Trail. It was East First Street in Hagerstown.
NEWS
By ASHLEY REID | July 22, 2009
Karen Holloway, Darlington, Md. Judge for beef cattle show Karen Holloway has seen some of the best cattle in the state of Maryland, but this year was her first as a judge for the beef cattle show at the Washington County Ag Expo and Fair. Holloway said judges look for well-structured and healthy cattle. "The females have to look feminine and pretty like a female, and the males have to look masculine," she said Wednesday. Holloway said the hope is the traits they are looking for will be passed on to the cattle's young.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | January 7, 2012
A common school of thought in Pennsylvania claims the state's annual agricultural showcase brings with it the worst weather of winter. But the 96th Pennsylvania Farm Show opened Saturday with sunshine and temperatures that reached 60 degrees. Themed “From Farm Gate to Dinner Plate,” the farm show is expected to draw 400,000 people to the state's capital through Saturday. Visitors will find 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits, 290 commercial exhibits and the always-popular food court.
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NEWS
July 30, 2013
4-H dairy cattle show Showmanship Junior showmanship champion - Ryan Snyder Intermediate showmanship champion - Sydney Davis Senior showmanship champion - Tessa Wiles Overall showmanship champion - Tessa Wiles Ayrshire Junior champion - Rachel Wiles Reserve junior champion - Hannah Reed Grand champion - Rachel Wiles Reserve grand champion - Hannah Reed Brown Swiss Junior champion - Grace Holder ...
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NEWS
July 26, 2013
More than 80 spectators gathered in the main arena at the Washington County Ag Expo and Fair on Friday morning to watch this year's 4-H/FFA Beef Heifer and Open Class Beef Cattle shows. The lone adult taking center stage in the competition of youngsters aged 8 to 10 was Ruth Boden of Clear Brook, Va. The 45-year-old Boden said she has been judging beef heifers since she was 9 years old. Boden, who is a volunteer 4-H leader, helps run a commercial cow operation with her husband and three sons.
NEWS
By KAREN MAWDSLEY | kmawdsley@schurz.com | July 26, 2013
The weeklong Washington County Ag Expo and Fair might be winding down for this year, but competition was still Grade A in Friday morning's 4-H/FFA Beef Heifer Show and Open Class Beef Cattle Show. Children ages 8 to 18 paraded around the show arena, showing off their best beef heifers to judge Ruth Boden. More than 80 onlookers watched Boden, 45, scrutinize the heifers. The Clear Brook, Va., resident, who has been judging heifers since she was 9 years old, knew what she was looking for: structural correctness, femininity, volume, depth of body and muscle, she said after the show.
NEWS
July 23, 2013
More than 150 people gathered for the 4-H/FFA Dairy Cattle Showmanship competition on Tuesday morning, but not all for the same reason. Mark Schnebly, 34, of Clear Spring was there to help run the event and announce the winners. Schnebly participated in the 4-H dairy club while growing up and coached the county's dairy club judging team. When judge Emily Yeiser judged the cows, following the showmanship judging, Schnebly said: “She's looking for a cow that looks like she'll produce the most milk for the longest time.” That generally translates to good legs, strength and udders, he said.
NEWS
By KAREN MAWDSLEY | kmawdsley@schurz.com | July 23, 2013
Two dozen competitors “beefed up” their game Tuesday morning in the 4-H/FFA Dairy Cattle Showmanship judging at the Washington County Ag Expo and Fair. The participants, ranging in age from 8 to 18 years old, took to the show arena by age group - junior, ages 8 to 10; intermediate, 11 to 13; and senior, 14 to 18 - to display their best showmanship and compete for the ultimate title of overall grand champion. They demonstrated their abilities to what started as a small audience but grew to one of more than 100 spectators by the time the contest was in full swing.
LIFESTYLE
By LEIGH-ANNE MAUK | Special to The Herald-Mail | July 18, 2013
For more than 30 years, the annual Washington County Ag Expo & Fair has provided activities for children of all ages and has given families a place to socialize and learn about local agriculture, crafts and trades.  Shawna Corbett of Downsville has made the Ag Expo a regular summer event for her daughters, Kaitlyn and Erin.  “The fair is really great for the community, and my kids have always loved it,” said Shawna Corbett, who is also...
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | June 19, 2013
Cops turned into cowboys Wednesday afternoon as Maryland state troopers and Washington County sheriff's deputies tried to corral an elusive herd of bovine escapees along Interstate 81 north of Hagerstown. Five beef cattle escaped through a break in a fence and wandered north and then south along the shoulder of the interstate, frequently disappearing into the dense brush and woods bordering the highway. The incident started at 2:07 p.m. with a 911 call from a motorist who told a dispatcher that a man was running up and down the highway warning drivers to slow down because of the renegade cattle, said Cpl. James Grinnan of the Maryland State Police.
NEWS
April 23, 2013
The Humane Society of Washington County rescued a brown and white Australian cattle dog mix Saturday. The female dog was hit by a car and was found on North Locust and West North Avenue in Hagerstown at 3:58 p.m. Anyone with information about the dog is encouraged to contact the shelter at 301-733-2060.  The dog has been treated for its injuries and is waiting to go home.  “She is a very well behaved, friendly dog. We hope to...
NEWS
February 26, 2013
The 26th annual Maryland Cattle Industry Convention, along with the Maryland Hay and Pasture Conference, will be held at the Clarion Hotel and Hager Hall Convention Center on Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2. More than 200 cattle producers from five states are registered to attend. The annual convention is meant for individuals interested in beef cattle. The educational activities cover practical and current issues that help produce better beef in the most efficient and cost effective manner possible.
NEWS
June 13, 2012
Shane Heizer of Hagerstown will exhibit Angus cattle at the 2012 Eastern Regional Junior Angus Show in Timonium, Md., June 21-24, according to Robin Ruff, junior activities director of the American Angus Association. Shane is the son of John and Mary Heizer and attends Smithsburg High School. Shane, a junior member of the American Angus Association with headquarters in St. Joseph, Mo., is one of 164 young Angus breeders from 20 states who have entered a total of 337 head to compete for championship honors.
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