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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | May 16, 2008
The escape of four heifers and a cow from a Hagerstown livestock auction house sent local police scrambling Wednesday and early Thursday. The final heifer was caught Thursday after it was tranquilized near Frederick Street, according to Hagerstown police. One animal had to be shot and three others were tranquilized so they could be captured, said Jim Starliper, co-owner of Four States Livestock Auction on First Street. The final one, a black heifer, was at large until late afternoon Thursday, when Starliper said it had been seen near Old Forge Road.
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March 4, 2008
The 72nd annual Spring Swine Show took place Feb. 16 at Four States Livestock Sales in Hagerstown through the generosity of Jim and Barb Starliper. Blaine Brown of Elizabethtown, Pa., served as the judge for the event, which drew 100 spectators. Fifty-six hogs were exhibited by 17 Washington County 4-H/FFA exhibitors. Brown began the day evaluating the youth on their showmanship abilities, followed by the market show. Fourteen exhibitors showed in the showmanship categories.
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By JEFF SEMLER | November 13, 2007
While this past year has been good for livestock and dairy producers because of better than average prices for meat and milk, it is not without its challenges. The problem - much of the Tri-State area has suffered through a drought from June through October. This followed a spring that was also on the low side of moisture needs, which resulted in a reduction in the first cutting of hay. Much of the second and third cuttings of grass hay were almost nonexistent and alfalfa yields were also significantly reduced in quantity.
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November 12, 2007
Colleen Cashell, executive director of USDA's Farm Service Agency in Washington County, has announced that sign-up has begun for the new Livestock Compensation Program. This ad hoc disaster program provides benefits to farmers who suffered losses to livestock feed caused by natural disasters in recent years. "Between 2005 and early 2007, many agricultural producers across the country experienced financial difficulties as the result of devastating drought, floods, blizzards, tornadoes and other natural disasters," Cashell said.
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by JEFF SEMLER | January 30, 2007
Last week you might remember, I wrote about the needs of horses during the winter. The major nutrient that is often overlooked regardless of the weather and the animal is water. As a matter of fact, dehydration can be an often unmonitored problem in cold weather because we humans are not prone to sweat. However, our bodies continue to use water. So what is this magic elixir? Water is a chemical substance (H2O) that is essential to all known forms of life. It appears colorless to the naked eye in small quantities, though it is actually slightly blue in color.
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November 7, 2006
MERCERSBURG, Pa. - James Buchanan High School's FFA Agricultural Sales team - Garrett Rice, Garrison Pleasanter, Stephanie Jones and Julie St. Clair - won a silver medal in the national competition. In the event, the team did a sales presentation on selling a 317 John Deere Skid Steer. They also had to answer 50 multiple choice questions on agriculture sales and marketing. Each student had individual practicum on customer relations - solving a customer's problem. They also had a group project involving a market analysis and sales situation, in which they were judged on their ability to work together in solving and presenting the situation.
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October 17, 2006
Christopher Thomas, of Boonsboro, has entered five beef cattle in the 33rd annual North American International Livestock Exposition. The exposition is to be held Nov. 4-17 in Louisville, Ky.
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November 1, 2005
At least three from the area have entered livestock in the 32nd annual North American International Livestock Exposition, which is being held in Louisville, Ky., from Saturday through Nov. 18. Participants include: Linda Jordan, of Waynesboro, Pa., who has entered seven head of Southdown in the sheep division; Kornerstone Farms, of Boonsboro, which has entered one beefer; Allen M. Hess, of Smithsburg, who has entered...
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January 18, 2005
HARRISBURG, Pa. - The 2005 Sale of Champions and Junior Livestock Sale proved a resounding success last Tuesday at the 89th Pennsylvania Farm Show. Followed by the presentation of 24 Farm Show Scholarships, the Sale of Champions kicked off with the offering of the Grand Champion Swine exhibited by Hunter Hood of Adams County. The 248-pound Crossbred sold to Hatfield Quality Meats for $5,000, an increase of $500 from last year's auction. Selling for $2,000 to Westfield Insurance, the 255-pound Reserve Champion Pig was a purebred Spot gilt shown by Lexie Matthews of Washington County.
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October 12, 2004
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia is among six states included in an expanded federal livestock program, allowing 11,000 cattle producers in the Mountain State to protect themselves against a drop in prices for a specific feeding or grazing period, Commissioner of Agriculture Gus R. Douglass said. Feeder cattle, fed cattle and swine are included in the program, and policies should be available this month, Douglass said. "These programs will help West Virginia farmers better control their bottom lines from year to year," he said.
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