Billing Farm and Museum Baby Animal Day being held in Woodstock Vermont, folks come on out to attend a mighty fine event. There sure will be a lot to enjoy doing for the whole family.
On Saturday the 7th of April 2012, the Billings Farm and Museum will be holding their Baby Animal Day which is scheduled to be held between 10:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M. The different events that will be held are family-centered programs with Billings Farm and Museum's Calves, Lambs, Chicks, plus some visiting Ducklings, and Goslings. Folks will also be able to enjoy riding on a Horse-drawn Wagon. Folks attending will get to visit Heirloom Gardens and there will be many other activities which the kids will be able to enjoy taking part in.
For more information, please call 802-457-2355
Billings Farm and Museum Baby Animal Day being held in Woodstock Vermont, the Billings Farm was established back in 1871 by Frederick Billings, a native Vermonter who became known for his work as a lawyer, conservationist, pioneer in reforestation and scientific farm management, and railroad builder. Billings set out to make his 270-acre farm a model dairy operation. Back in 1884 he hired George Aitken, an innovative and successful professional farm manager. The farm imported cattle directly from the Isle of Jersey, kept careful records of milk production, and bred selectively to improve the herd. Deeply concerned with the desperate condition of Vermont's forest cover, Billings planted more than 10,000 trees in the Woodstock area, putting into practice ideas that were proposed by an earlier resident of the farm, George Perkins Marsh. Marsh is recognized as one of this country's first conservationists.
By 1890, the year that Frederick Billings died, the Billings Farm had been expanded to nearly 1,000 acres and was widely acknowledged for its premier Jersey herd, Southdown sheep, and Berkshire hogs, as well as its extensive butter-making operation which produced 5,000 pounds of butter annually.Three years later, at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Cows from the Billings herd took top honors in the dairy divisions. Billings' Princess Honoria, was crowned the champion Jersey three-year-old and reserve champion for cows of all ages. Lily Garfield, winner of the butter test, left Chicago with the designation "Champion Heifer of the World." The herd's performance at the exposition was the victorious culmination of the Billings Farm's early years.
Billings Farm and Museum Baby Animal Day being held in Woodstock Vermont, following the Billings/Aitken era, the farm experienced several periods of change, including a successful commercial dairy operation beginning in the 1940s. In the mid-1970s, the breeding of championship-caliber cows resumed. A string of regional show winnings throughout the 1970s and '80s, culminated when Billings Top Rosanne won top honors in both American and Canadian competitions, making her perhaps the finest Jersey in North America.
Then during the last two decades, while continuing to breed excellent Jerseys and produce milk, the farm has developed an educational mission in conjunction with the Billings Farm & Museum, a museum devoted to rural life in east-central Vermont. The farm and museum have been merged into a single entity, sharing the mission of preserving this historic farm, as well as educating the many thousands who visit annually.
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Dale in New Hampshire
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