STORMONT — Outside, the weather was a cold, snowy, slushy, muddy mess. Inside, the barns on the Stormont County Holstein Club’s annual spring tour were a delightful treat of farmer-to-farmer hospitality.
Spring planting must have seemed eons into the future, given the conditions April 1, so there was no excuse but for a good turnout on the tour that drew farm families to a series barns for a look-see. Ten farms participated.
In a time-honoured scene in rural Ontario, participants dutifully strapped on temporary boots over their footwear as a biosecurity measure, then marched into each barn, kept snug and warm by the bovine bodies inside. Each stop featured the requisite table festooned with coffee, lunch and other edible dainties. The operations on this tour ranged from very traditional tie-stall barns to those with free-stall housing and milking parlours.