We were absolutely thrilled to learn our friends Barry and Rosey Chase brought home the gold from the Dutchess County Fair. Congratulations!
Here are the details from Rosey:
Her name is Hill-Over Roy Ditto. She was Senior and Grand Champion of the 2011 Dutchess County Fair Holstein show. She was also first place 5-year old with best udder in her class and won the award for the most milk production in her class of 5 year old cows.
She is exhibited by Chaseholm Farm in Pine Plains, but, more importantly, bred by Fred Barringer of Hill-Over Holsteins in Copake, New York.
She was scored Excellent 92 points in an assessment by cattle experts and has had three calves. When she finished her milk record as a three year old (she has not yet finished the record she began as a four-year old), she had made 25,866 pounds of milk. The conversion to gallons would be 3,233 gallons of milk so far since her fourth birthday.
Not only does she look beautiful, but she is an excellent milker and she seems so happy to be both.
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Also at the Dutchess County Fair were our friends Jeff Daley and Gary Delemeester. They snapped a few photos and sent us this report:
If you’ve noticed fewer animals grazing in the nearby farms, it’s because many of them are now at the Dutchess County Fair. And what a fair it still is even after 166 years.
It’s nicely laid out between all the carnival rides, food stalls, exhibition halls, animal pens and entertainment areas. And all the winning baked goods, flowers, quilts and 4H projects are on display. It’s great to have a fresh milkshake and wander around taking it all in.
We particularly enjoyed seeing representatives from our neck of the woods in Ancramdale. Millerhurst Farm and Pleasant View Farm have their best cows on display. And the Amazing Real Live Food Company has their artisanal pro-biotic cheeses to sample in the Distinctly Dutchess & Best of the Hudson Valley Pavilion.