N.Y. Holstein Association event draws 300 to Eagle Bridge


EAGLE BRIDGE, N.Y. -- About 300 New York residents and farmers attended the state's annual Holstein Association picnic and auction, which was hosted by the Tudor family of Elm-Spring Farm in Eagle Bridge on Saturday.

The association is made of of memberships of over 3,000 registered Holstein breeders and supporters from around the state. The association's executive manager Patsy Gifford said the event is usually a public auction, "each year, a generous and hospitable member hosts our state picnic at their farm."

The association provided some seed money for the picnic, which is returned in a percentage of the auction sales by the 15-year cattle raiser at New York State Fair.

"Some people have always seen their show cattle, but this gives them the opportunity to come and walk all over the farm," Gifford said. "The farm is immaculate anyway, but we just kind of put paths in for people to follow from barn to barn. And they'll reap some rewards by selling some of their cattle."

The Tudors put up 30 of their high pedigree Holstein cows of various ages for silent auction, and hosted lunch for their out-of-town visitors.

Cows were sold unless the auction participants didn't reach the minimum bid. Every cow on the Tudors' farm is raised by the family.

Some of Tim and Jason Tudor's top pedigree cows were put on display to show off the bloodline of some of the calves that were for auction.

The show cows and auction cows were washed, clipped and examined before the event was underway.

Tim Tudor said some that come purchase a cow for breeding or dairy purposes, but most are just looking to show them at county and regional fairs."This is pretty prestigious, but kind of hectic and nerve-wracking This is a good opportunity for us to merchandise. A lot of people are just show people and like nice-looking cows," he said.

Donated gift baskets and a pie plate donated by Bennington Pottery went up for a side silent auction to raise money for the association's scheduled 2016 hosting of the National Holstein Convention. From June 28 to July 2 that summer, 1200 people from across the U.S. are expected to gather in Saratoga for the convention.

Next year, the annual picnic and auction is scheduled to be held in Avon, N.Y. See more upcoming events on the association's website at http://www.nyholsteins.com/.

Elm-Spring Farm was purchased by the Tudors' parents, John and Mary Tudor in 1960, and has been a family-owned and operated dairy farm since then. Visit the Tudors online at http://www.elm-springfarm.com/.

Contact Tom Momberg at tmomberg@benningtonbanner.com. Follow him on Twitter @TomMomberg.


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