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Md. Shorthorn breeders meet for banquet, prep for show

By CARYL VELISEK
Staff Writer

LISBON, Md. (March 29, 2016) — Maryland Shorthorn breeders met at the Lisbon Fire Hall for their annual dinner meeting and banquet on March 19.
Martin Hamilton of Woodbine, Md., who was the 2015 Shorthorn Builder of the Breed, reported on the Eastern Regional Shorthorn Show which is scheduled for June 17-18, at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, Md.
Hamilton said this year will mark the 30th year for the Eastern Regional and told how it was the idea of the late George Bowman, a Maryland Shorthorn breeder for many years, who persisted in his dream of a regional Shorthorn show and never gave up until the Eastern Regional was a reality.
Kelsy Wolfe of Mt. Airy, Md., secretary of the junior association, spoke about her experiences as the 2015 Maryland Shorthorn Ambassador and her pride in representing the Shorthorn breed at shows and fairs and other events throughout the year and 14-year-old April Troyer, of Monkton, Md., was introduced as the 2016 Maryland Shorthorn Ambassador.
Judging coaches were recognized and Michael Buck was recognized for his work with the association.
Officers for the coming year were nominated and confirmed. Brenda Strohmer of Woodstock, Md., was re-elected president and Sean Hough of Woodbine, Md., was re-elected vice president.
Heidi Braun of Mechanicsville, Md., replaced retiring Susie Eyler of Keymar, as secretary, and Martin Hamilton will continue as treasurer. Susie Eyler was elected as a director and Michael Buck was re-elected to the board.
In a report from the Pennsylvania Shorthorn Association Masonic Village was announced as the National Beef Quality Award winner and, despite Pennsylvania’s budget woes, the Keystone International in Harrisburg, Pa., is scheduled to be held the first weekend in October.
The Dynamic Duo Calf Sale will again be sponsored by the Maryland Shorthorn Association, and will be held at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, Md., on Oct. 8, at 6 p.m. New this year, the sale will include all breeds, steers and heifers.
An auction of donated items was held at the close of the meeting to benefit the Maryland Shorthorn Association and the Maryland Junior Shorthorn Association.