Twin Brook Farm, owned by the Marchezak and McMurray families of Bentleyville, Pa., received the Charles Itle Exhibition and Display Award Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the 2013 All-American Dairy Show in Harrisburg.
“How we present our cattle represents us as individual exhibitors, our farm and an industry in front of a national audience,” said Patty McMurray. Twin Brook has exhibited at the show since the first edition in 1964. “Media who have covered the show and spoken with us have noticed our pack and that we care for our animals, giving our farm a positive public image. We’re glad to help get the right message out about dairy – that your milk comes from a good place.”
The herdsmanship awards recognize those who best promote the family business. Beyond the cleanliness and attractiveness of the display, judges evaluate the presentation of and proper identification of the farm’s animals. As important in judging is the exhibitors’ spirit of cooperation and friendliness toward other exhibitors.
Twin Brook Farm received an embroidered jacket, the second place farm received a hand-painted lamp and third through fifth places received hand painted pie dishes. All five farms received cash prizes, and have the opportunity to request their stall space for next year’s show.
Prizes were sponsored by the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association.
Second through fifth place winners were:
2nd – Windy Knoll View Farm, owned by the Burdette family, Mercersburg, Pa.
3rd – Keuffner Holsteins and Jerseys, owned by the Keuffner family, Boonsboro, Md.
4th – Waverly Farm Jerseys, owned by the Stiles family, Clear Brook, Va.
5th – Green Slopes Farm, owned by the McDonald family, Imler, Pa.
The 50th All-American Dairy Show, the world’s largest dairy show, runs Sept. 7-12 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. This year’s show features 23 shows in six days, the nation’s only all-dairy antiques show, nearly 3,000 animals and 2,000 exhibitors from across the nation. For more information, visit www.allamerican.state.pa.us or call 717-787-2905.