Teabow, UME host breakfast on farm event
WALKERSVILLE, Md. — The University of Maryland’s Extension service and Department of Animal and Avian Sciences held its first Breakfast on the Farm event on June 30, hosted by Teabow Farms, a dairy operation.
During this free event, people from the community were encouraged to walk through a working farm and meet the people behind the operation.
“We felt honored to be asked to host the first Breakfast on the Farm,” said Jimmy Stup, president of Teabow Farms. “But most of the success needs to be credited to the volunteers, sponsors, and the community for planning and organizing the event as a whole.”
More than 650 people attended the breakfast portion of the event which required advance ticket purchase.
After the breakfast, visitors were able to go on a tour around the farm’s facilities where experts discussed cattle health, veterinary care, breeding and reproduction, and demonstrate how the milking equipment works.
“If we even changed just one person’s perception of the dairy industry, I consider that a win,” said Crystal Spradlin, part owner at Teabow and Jimmy’s daughter.
“The Breakfast on the Farm was a great opportunity for the public to see first-hand what a working dairy farm looks like,” added Jimmy’s son, Adam.
The Maryland Agriculture Education Foundation Showcase was on site during this event, which gave youth the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities. “It was amazing to see the different diversity of people here at the farm that day,” Crystal sais.
Teabow Farms owned by the Stup Family, was named Farm Family of the Year back in 2014.
The farm is in it’s third generation of family ownership and milks about 1,050 head two times a day.
“Maryland is a very diversified state from dairy to orchards, vineyards, poultry and many other agricultural aspects,” said Jimmy, “We were happy to share out piece of the agricultural pie with our community.”
“I hope the University of Maryland decides to keep doing this every year,” Crystal said. “I think it is so important for the agricultural community.”
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