Breakfast on the Bay with Jeanne, Bobby, and Val
You Are Invited to Breakfast on the Bay
The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay made a three-minute video of Jeanne, Val, and me working at Whiskey Creek Angus. It debuts on July 8 at 0900 ET with a Q&A session with the chief executive officer of the Alliance, Kate Fritz, and us. The video features Val herding the cows and Jeanne talking about conservation. Please join us by registering here.
It will be a one-hour remote event the Alliance calls Breakfast on the Bay. Here’s the trailer.
Conservation at Whiskey Creek Angus Featured on Breakfast on the Bay
We’ve been busy setting up the farm for rotational grazing and livestock exclusion since we arrived in September last year. With help from our conservation partners, we were able to install about a mile of livestock exclusion fence to keep our cattle out of Whiskey Creek and Rye Branch, both tributaries of the Middle River, which is a tributary of the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. We also put in about a mile of pipeline to six livestock watering stations and about a mile of internal cross-fencing.
So Many Programs and Organizations Help Farmers
We had a lot of help to get it completed. The critical players were the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, and the Headwaters Soil and Water Conservation District. The USDA also offers helpful programs. Read this post to find out how we did it and more!
Val Is Awesome
Border Collies love to herd animals. Some say they are the smartest dogs on the planet, and I believe it. Val is our beloved Border Collie, certified with Therapy Dogs International, champion cattle herder, phenomenal Frisbee catcher, and happy bed snuggler.
Val and Jeanne Move the Cows
Adam Miller, communications director for the Alliance, made a two-minute video of Val and Jeanne moving the cows through four fields. See if you can find the “Oh sh*t” moment.
Jake Wilson Was Our Contractor
We could not have completed all the fencing, pipeline, and troughs without the excellent help of our contractor, Jake Wilson of Wilson Fence Company. He and his employees exceeded our expectations and the specifications required by the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Join the Livestock Exclusion Movement
Want to join the conversation? Register for the remote event, Breakfast on the Bay.
Want to fence your livestock out of streams and wetlands? Let me help you or contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District or USDA office.
Breakfast on the Bay with Jeanne and Bobby, Full Three-Minute Video
Don’t have time to join Breakfast on the Bay with Jeanne, Bobby, and Val? Here’s the full three-minute video that Adam Miller filmed and edited. The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay produced it.
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