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June 18, 2012
“To conduct a farm of considerable extent, so as to be a profitable concern, requires nearly as much management, (though, to be sure, of a somewhat more straightforward sort) as to be a leading politician in these wayward times.” While this statement could have been written today, it is actually a quote from The New England Farmer, and Horticultural Journal, Oct. 9, 1829.   With that said, June is Dairy Month and we will once again endeavor to pay tribute to those who provide us with these wholesome and nutritious products.
NEWS
July 23, 2012
Many youngsters these days spend a chunk of their time immersed in technology. Abby McDougal, 11, of Smithsburg, said Monday that she enjoys spending time with her cows. “They're big for me, so it's kind of hard to show,” said Abby, who was at the Washington County Ag Expo and Fair. “But, I love cows.” Abby, the daughter of Dan and Mary McDougal, said she usually needs an adult with her when she works with bigger animals.  “I like working with smaller animals because of my size,” the pint-sized Abby said, because she can have full control of smaller animals and likes to do everything herself.
NEWS
By DON AINES | March 26, 1998
Cows escape barn fire WILLOW HILL, Pa. - More than 100 cows escaped a fire that destroyed a Metal Township barn early Wednesday, according to Metal Township Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Dru Allen. "They just ran. They were terrified," said Anna Swailes of 19056 Swailes Road. She and her husband William own the barn, which was on adjoining property they own at 18690 Swailes Road. The fire was reported at 4:52 a.m., Allen said. While the wooden bank barn was destroyed, he said an attached loafing barn was not badly damaged.
NEWS
By ERIN JULIUS | December 14, 2007
WASHINGTON COUNTY - Officials from the Humane Society of Washington County recently seized more than 30 cows owned by a man who has been in the news during the last several years for owning two cloned cows and their offspring. Paul Miller, executive director of the Humane Society, would not elaborate about a complaint filed against Greg Wiles, owner of the cows. On Dec. 6, the Humane Society seized 15 Holstein heifers from a pasture on College Road in the Hagerstown area, spokeswoman Katherine Cooker said Thursday in a press release.
NEWS
October 5, 1998
  By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro by: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer MERCERSBURG, Pa. - The cows at Cove Mountain Farm graze all day in pastures of lush green grass creating a pastoral scene that belies a high-tech dairy management system. --cont. from news page -- At Cove Mountain there are no giant tractors, acres of row crops or cows being milked three times a day in factory barns like most modern, conventional dairy farms.
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 ERIN JULIUS | December 13, 2007
WASHINGTON COUNTY ? Officials from the Humane Society of Washington County recently seized more than 30 cows owned by a man who has been in the news during the last several years for owning two cloned cows and their offspring. Paul Miller, executive director of the Humane Society, would not elaborate about a complaint filed against Greg Wiles, owner of the cows. On Dec. 6, the Humane Society seized 15 Holstein heifers from a pasture on College Road in the Hagerstown area, spokeswoman Katherine Cooker said Thursday in a press release.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | February 10, 2007
WILLIAMSPORT - A Washington County farmer has kept 52 of the more than 100 cows he cared for on his father's farm near Williamsport until he was evicted. The cows farmer Greg Wiles kept include a clone and offspring from clones. Wiles originally had two cloned cows, but one died a day or two after his Jan. 9 eviction, he said Friday. Genesis, a clone, is among the 52 cows in Wiles' possession, he said. The other clone, Cyagra, died after it fell on concrete shortly after the eviction, he said.
NEWS
July 30, 1998
photo: KEVIN G. GILBERT / staff photographer enlarge By JULIE E. GREENE / Staff Writer RINGGOLD, Md. - Driving down Ringgold Pike the fields are spotted with black and white cows. But on a farm on Misty Meadow Road, among 200 black and white Holstein cows are the only three milking shorthorn cows to be exhibited at the Washington County Ag Expo, which begins Saturday. --cont from news -- The three cows - one white, one red and the third a mixture of red and white - are the only milking shorthorns registered with the Washington County 4-H Club, said Jeff Semler, of the Washington County Extension Service.
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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.
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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.
OPINION
October 22, 2012
Subject 2. One bovine, female, with brain the size of a lemon. Mission: Move Subject 2 about 30 feet to the west, with the encouragement of Subject(s) 1. Long story short: We've been at it for three weeks now, but the aforementioned cow is in the same place she's always been, with little sign that we will ever get her to the desired location. What is so hard about moving a cow from one 10-acre pasture across a farm lane to a second 10-acre pasture, and why would you want to do this in the first place?
NEWS
July 27, 2012
Brittany is very sensitive. She is a young Holstein breed and Ryan Snyder , 9, of Hagerstown, takes great care of her and tends to her sensitivity. "She gets spooked by a lot of things," Ryan said. "Especially the fan in the show ring at the Ag Expo. " He adds that she is not the calmest heifer. Snyder said sometimes Brittany is difficult to work with during showmanship. "Sometimes she won't cooperate with me," he said. "It's hard to get Brittany to put her foot back because sometimes she takes an extra step.
NEWS
July 23, 2012
Many youngsters these days spend a chunk of their time immersed in technology. Abby McDougal, 11, of Smithsburg, said Monday that she enjoys spending time with her cows. “They're big for me, so it's kind of hard to show,” said Abby, who was at the Washington County Ag Expo and Fair. “But, I love cows.” Abby, the daughter of Dan and Mary McDougal, said she usually needs an adult with her when she works with bigger animals.  “I like working with smaller animals because of my size,” the pint-sized Abby said, because she can have full control of smaller animals and likes to do everything herself.
NEWS
June 18, 2012
“To conduct a farm of considerable extent, so as to be a profitable concern, requires nearly as much management, (though, to be sure, of a somewhat more straightforward sort) as to be a leading politician in these wayward times.” While this statement could have been written today, it is actually a quote from The New England Farmer, and Horticultural Journal, Oct. 9, 1829.   With that said, June is Dairy Month and we will once again endeavor to pay tribute to those who provide us with these wholesome and nutritious products.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | March 5, 2012
About five years ago, farmer David Herbst and his family had a big decision to make. With two of his four children - married with kids of their own - wanting to continue the family business of operating Misty Meadow Farm on the outskirts of Smithsburg, they either needed to drastically increase their dairy production or undertake more custom-crop farming to support everyone. “We needed to go to 600 cows if we wanted to support these other families,” Herbst said, saying the idea was met with great resistance by his daughter, who handles most of the milking of their 160 cows.
OPINION
February 22, 2012
I tell people that I breed my own cattle - which I do, in the same sense that people who say they “remodeled the kitchen themselves” have really just purchased the materials from a home-improvement center and then watched as an unemployed handyman from down the street does the work ... usually in exchange for soup and a two-week supply of Pabst. It's easy, but not too scientific, to turn a bull loose in the pasture, and then wash your hands of the project for a month or two. I tried this route with moderate success.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | October 6, 2011
A Mercersburg dairy family walked away as big winners last month at the 48th All-American Dairy Show in Harrisburg, Pa. During the competition, James and Nina Burdette's Holstein, Pledge, was selected as Grand Champion Holstein. Not only did Pledge emerge as top cow at the show, she also was selected as Senior Champion and first-place cow in the 125,000-pound production class. Pledge - or Pledge-ET as she is formally called - is the product of superior genetics, the family said.
NEWS
By JANET HEIM | janeth@herald-mail.com | September 29, 2011
Clear Spring farmer Steven "Steve" Ernst doesn't understand what all the fuss is about. The state of Maryland has recognized him with Excellence in Agricultural Stewardship, as a 2011 Smart Green and Growing Award recipient. "It was a surprise to us," Ernst said of being honored for his years of sustainable, conservation farming. Ernst Grain and Livestock also was recognized in 2010 as one of two Maryland farms, along with Rinehart Orchard in Smithsburg, in the Farm Stewardship Certification and Assessment Program launched last year, Ernst said.
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