It was a beautiful evening for the annual Lancaster County Holstein Field night was held on the evening of July 10th. Over 500 Holstein enthusiasts attended the event full of food, fun, fellowship and great cattle hosted by Hollow-Ridge Holsteins, Eli & Barbara Stoltzfus of Gordonville, PA.
Eli and Barbara currently have 55 registered Holstein cows. Their herd’s current BAA is 107.5 which consist of 7 Excellent and 25 Very Good cows. The Stoltzfus family grows alfalfa and corn on 64 tillable acres. A key cow family they are working with is the Chief Adeen family. Popular sires in the milking string include: Durham, Dundee, Shottle, Talent, Primetime and Norman.
Visitors had an opportunity to view the sale cattle as well as judge three classes. The top 5 individuals from each division (men, women and youth) were announced and had first chance at the numerous door prizes that were donated by area businesses.
The herd recently classified and had two cows raised to EX-93. These cows are the first two in the photo above sired by Durham (front) and Norman (second).
Complimentary Ice Cream was provided by Liberty’s Creamy Dips.
The featured guest for the evening was the legendary Horace Backus. Horace fielded a question and answer session. Topics ranged from his background and start in the business to genomics to some thoughts on current bulls and current cow families.
Horace was presented a Dunloggin milk bottle from the Lancaster Holstein club in appreciation for coming to the event. Club President, Jill Dice and Vice President, Bob Landis made the presentation.