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Maryland Holstein event held March 13
By CARYL VELISEK
LIBERTYTOWN, Md. (March 31, 2015) — The Libertytown Fire Hall in Frederick County, Md., was the scene of the 2015 Maryland Holstein Convention held on March 13.
The large group was welcomed by Arthur Johnson, of Artie Jay Farm in Dickerson, Md., who is president of the association.
The morning started off with the business meeting and election of three new directors, Mitchell Mast of Grantsville, Md., Cynthia Savage of Knoxville, Md., and Scott Youse of Ridgely, Md.
After lunch speakers were, Sandy McCauley and Lindsay Worden of Holstein USA, who spoke on the Holstein genomics program, and Randy Blodgett of Holstein World.
The Holstein Juniors morning program consisted of a tour of Teabow Farm, a progressive 1,000 cow dairy in Walkersville, Md., after then lunch and bowling.
Several awards were presented during the day and at the evening banquet.
The 2014 Outstanding Maryland Holstein Dairyman Award went to Robert and Sam Smith of My Lady’s Manor Farm in Monkton, Md.
My Lady’s Manor has been home to dairy cows since Robert Smith’s great-grandfather’s time. The great-grandfather was also a blacksmith and had his shop on the farm.
The first registered Holstein was purchased by Smith’s Uncle, Charles, of Cool Lawn Farm, and given to Smith’s father, Ross, to exhibit in 4-H about 70 years ago.
Robert and Sam took over the farm in 1999 from Robert’s dad and brother, and now milk more than 300 Holsteins in a double-twelve parallel parlor, and farm more than 1,000 acres in northern Harford County. Crops include corn, soybeans, and hay.
Their children, Jarod and Justin are also heavily involved in the operation, Jarod and his wife Katie are in charge of crops and, Justin and his soon-to-be wife, Kim, help with the young stock, tech support, and social media.
My Lady’s Manor was one of EmTram’s first embryo clients in the late 70s and they have continued to take an aggressive approach to increasing the genetics of the herd in a way that keeps them competitive and viable in both the artificial ensemination world and the show ring.
They do extensive in-vitro fertilization and embryo transfer work on a weekly basis.
My Lady’s Manor has received the Progressive Genetic award for 18 years and the PBR award for 14 years.
Carole Doody of Tulip Pond Farm in Union Bridge, Md., was the recipient of the 2014 Maryland Holstein Distinguished Service Award. Doody has been involved with dairy since she began helping her brother milk when she was just five years old.
At 17, she won an essay contest and was awarded her first registered Holstein calf.
She was the 1980 Frederick County Farm Queen and in 1983 was Frederick County Dairy Princess. She became a partner in her parents farm after high school graduation and married Dave Doody in 1985.
In 1989, they started Tulip Pond Farm which consists of 158 acres of owned land, 700 rented acres growing corn, soybeans, wheat and hay, and currently milk 150 cows in a double eight parallel parlor, raise all of their replacement heifers, and have a rolling herd average of 23,000 pounds of milk and 885 pounds of fat.
Doody is extremely involved with the youth, both 4-H and junior Holstein, and has been co-chair of the state Junior Holstein Committee for seven years.
She has attended 11 of the last 12 National Holstein Conventions and served as delegate for Maryland this past year.
She has coached the winning Senior Dairy Bowl team and is a director of the Maryland Holstein Association board and on Frederick County’s Holstein board.
Other awards presented at the meeting included:
2014 Junior Progressive Breeder Award: MD-Delight MACG Taylor, Annie Dell of Westminster, Md.; MD-Delight Sanchez Trinity, also Annie Dell; and Windsor Manor Razzledazzle, Kelsey Zepp, New Windsor, Md.
2014 Junior Breeder of Excellent Cow Award: DeBaugh Damon Manchester-ET, Scott DeBaugh, Boonsboro, Md.
2014 Junior Breeder of a 30,000 lb. Cow Award: Coldsprings VeraBella 4221, Brook Hoff, New Windsor, Md.; and MD-Delight Sanchez Trinity, Annie Dell.
2014 Progressive Breeder Registry Award Winners: Courtney Miller, Darlington, Md.; Gary Brauning, III, Finksburg, Md.
The top two 2014 Progressive Genetics Herd Award Winners were: Jason and Donna Myers of New Windsor, Md.; and Glen Toctin Farm of Jefferson, Md.
Three $750 scholarships were also awarded during the evening. Recipients were Ryan Zimmerman and to Ian Doody and Julia Doody.