YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. -- After an absence of more than 23 years, the cows have returned to Hilltop Hanover Farm, and a ceremony will be held to honor their arrival.
In early July, the Friends of Hilltop Hanover Farm purchased two pregnant Dutch Belted cows from Hampshire College where they participated in the school’s educational program.
These gentle, intelligent, and effective milk producers – there are only 200 Dutch Belted cows in the US – will now demonstrate their skills at Hilltop Hanover Farm for children and adults.
The farm intends to develop a small breeding program – with the guidance of Carol Lake, the farm’s new director of education and experienced livestock breeder – and sell the cows to other educational institutions or new farmers who want trained and gentle cows.
Since the purchase of the two cows, one additional male cow was born (Bullock), and just recently the second pregnant cow gave birth to a female cow (heifer). Grandma Clover gave birth to a baby boy Cosmo on Sunday, July 20, and daughter Coco gave birth to a girl on Thursday, July 31.
Hilltop Hanover Farm is sponsoring a naming contest for its newest arrival and is asking folks to vote for their favorite name on the Farm’s facebook page.
The farm’s staff has several “C” names on the site and will be announcing the winning name during “Welcome Back Ceremonies” on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Milk and cookies will be served in honor of the newest farm members, and all area residents are invited to attend. At a noon ceremony, the winning name for the heifer will be announced.
For more information visit www.hilltophanoverfarm.org.