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On September 26, 2017, Audrey Gay Rodgers of Hameau Farm (located at 6364 PA-655, Belleville, PA 17004) will be hosting an educational session about the practices used on her farm. Not only are these good for her herd, but good for the environment. Starting at 10 a.m., attendees will have an opportunity to hear from...

Wisconsin ABA Rewarded for Outstanding Efforts to Market Ayrshires

Since 2015, the Wisconsin Ayrshire Breeders Association has been marketing the breed in a unique way never seen before. It’s yielded impressive results, introducing Ayrshires—and their many positive qualities—to numerous farms and new breeders. That’s why the U.S. Ayrshire Breeders Foundation has selected the association as the winner of their 2017 grant of $3,000.

According to their grant application, “The Wisconsin ABA board had a vision: to help more dairy farmers become involved with the Ayrshire breed. The board knew that if a dairy farmer had a little help in getting an Ayrshire into their herd, they would like the breed and want more. In 2015, the Wisconsin Beginning in Ayrshires Grant was established to fulfill this plan.”

Darrin Mayer Confirms Resilience Is Still a Trademark Today

The Legend of Tomboy and AliceIf you ever doubt the tales of just how hardy and healthy Ayrshires are, just read about the adventures of Tomboy and Alice.

Never heard of them, you say? True, as famous duos go, they’re not as celebrated as Antony and Cleo­patra, Lewis and Clark, or Simon and Garfunkel.

Heck, they’re not even as big as Batman and Robin.

But if you truly love the Ayrshire breed, then you should know the story of Tomboy and Alice. You see, 88 years ago, Tomboy and Alice were a pair of Ayrshire cows who walked—literally walked—all the way from the Ayrshire Breeders’ Association national headquarters in central Vermont to St. Louis for the 1929 National Dairy Show. (They weren’t alone, of course, seeing as cows have a terrible sense of direction. They were walked all the way by their handlers.)