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by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL | January 15, 2005
bonnieb@herald-mail.com HARRISBURG, PA. - The crowd in the Equine Arena applauded several times as six champion cows slowly circled the show ring while three judges evaluated them. The parade of dairy champions Friday afternoon at the 89th annual Pennsylvania Farm Show culminated in a 9-year-old Guernsey cow, Cedar Fringed Altann, being named Supreme Champion for the second year in a row. The cow is owned by Aaron Gable of Snider Homestead Farm in New Enterprise, Pa. Although the Supreme Champion hails from Bedford County, Franklin County dairymen made a respectable showing in the competition.
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January 11, 2005
ANNAPOLIS - The Maryland Dairy Industry Association's annual meeting and conference will feature presentations by national leaders in manure management. The speakers will discuss new uses for manure as ways to better manage nutrients and increase farm revenues. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Carroll County Agriculture Center in Westminster, Md. "Manure management is of particular concern to farmers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and we are proud to work with our dairy farmers to explore profitable, alternative uses of manure," said state Secretary of Agriculture Lewis R. Riley.
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July 20, 2004
Maryland's newest Dairy Princess will be chosen Thursday at the FSK Holiday Inn in Frederick, Md. The event begins at 6:45 p.m. with a reception and silent auction. Vying for the state title are Laura Gaver, Frederick County Dairy Princess; Jolene McKenzie, Carroll County Dairy Princess; Heather Connelly, South Central Dairy Princess; and Suzanne Perdue, Upper Chesapeake Dairy Princess. "Each of these girls brings such a different perspective of the industry to the table," says Debra Spurrier, state program coordinator.
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by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL | April 30, 2004
bonnieb@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - Franklin County dairy farmers, buoyed by rebounding milk prices and a promising start to the growing season, are looking ahead to a good year. Dairyman Carl Wenger of Pleasant Hall, Pa., said he is "optimistic that we'll have an average year weather-wise, and an outstanding year price-wise for milk. It was around $17 (per hundred pounds) last time I checked. "But if history repeats itself, it won't last a long time," he said.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | August 7, 2003
pepperb@herald-mail.com Milking the judges with a dairy delivery girl message, Hannah Smith, carrying milk and parading her dairy cow Ethel, took first place at the Ag Expo's annual 4-H Pretty Animal contest. Ethel, a 5-year-old Holstein, had two pieces of cardboard, spray-painted to look like her own hide and cut like the body of a delivery truck, on either side of her body. Hannah, 15, wore a delivery shirt on which her name was embroidered on one side, while on the other side was hand-written "Moo Mobile Delivery.
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by JULIE E. GREENE | June 15, 2003
julieg@herald-mail.com Dairy farmers are accustomed to milk prices dropping up and down for a few months, but who could predict the latest drop was going to last nearly 18 months and counting? Milk prices have been so low it cost dairy farmers more money to produce a gallon of milk than they can make on that gallon so farmers are having to dip into their savings and tighten farming operations, some local farmers and extension agents said. "People realize there's no light at the end of the tunnel," said David Herbst, of Misty Meadow Farm in Ringgold.
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by STACEY DANZUSO | August 6, 2002
chambersburg@herald-mail.com While a brief rain shower in Chambersburg, Pa., sent some diving for cover under umbrellas and store awnings, Franklin County will need a lot more than the 0.42 inches that fell Monday afternoon to pull it out of its current drought. "It isn't going to take an afternoon shower. We need some substantial rains," said Phil Tarquino, chairman of the Franklin County Drought Task Force. The county is about 71/2 inches below the average rainfall for the year, said Jerry Ashway, a Chambersburg-area weather watcher.
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March 21, 2001
Animal antibiotic study halted By LAURA ERNDE laurae@herald-mail.com Maryland's rural senators on Wednesday blocked the state from studying antibiotic use by farmers. Arguing the study would hurt the state's ailing farming industry, lawmakers killed it on a 16-to-30 vote. Speaking against the study on the Senate floor, Sen. Donald F. Munson said Washington County dairy farmers are going out of business. "This bill is only going to help accelerate that trend," said Munson, R-Washington.
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July 29, 2000
Farm raises heifers for farmers who can't By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer LURGAN TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Tri-State dairy farmers who don't have the time to raise their own heifers can now turn to a commercial operation to do the job for them. Lane Sollenberger, a former Franklin County dairy farmer, since May has been managing the new Agway TSPF Heifer Service, which is still under construction on a 160-acre farm in Lurgan Township in northern Franklin County.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | April 11, 2000
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Fred Gold Butler Sr. was supposed to leave Sunday for the Dairy Farmers of America convention in Kansas City. But Butler, the group's Northeast director, died Saturday while milking cows beside his son, Fred Jr., at the family's Inwood, W.Va., farm. He was 71. When they heard what happened, about 10 other directors of the national organization flew in a corporate jet to Hagerstown Monday so they could visit Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg and pay their respects.
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