2017 Outstanding Maryland Holstein Dairyman Award
Pheasant Echo’s Farm
Barney Stambaugh may not have been backed by generations of dairy farmers but with the help of his children and wife Debbie, support of friends, strong work ethic and God’s will, he’s been blessed with many accomplishments in a field he dreamed to endeavor.
The Stambaugh family built their operation from the ground up starting in 1991 with a 30 cow herd. They chose the Pheasant Echo’s prefix after the presence of pheasants at the farm they rented. As the children grew up to take on more work and major responsibilities, herd size increased to 140 cows with a RHA of over 25000M, the farm was bought, more land was rented and everyone found their place in the business. Today, everyone in the family is involved. The oldest of the children Tanya raises the show heifers and is in charge of feeding calves. Crystal became the herd manager when Barney’s custom harvesting and farming operation took off some twenty years ago. She is in charge of the daily milking, herd health, and breeding decisions. Bud is the integral part of the crop raising and custom harvesting business that has developed to encompass 2200 acres of land Pheasant Echo’s farms, with an additional 10,000 acres of custom harvesting, planting, and baling done for customers. Bud and Barney recently developed Uniontown Ag Services LLC., which specializes in custom fertilizer application and sales. Kenny is in charge of the daily feeding of the milking herd and young stock, helps with mating decisions, and fills in any “extra” time running equipment in the farming operation.
This summer Catlin Christman came on board with the P.E. family. His love for dairy farming is undeniable and he fits in perfectly with the family taking care of the daily chores. Barney gets a pass from milking the herd now as he’s more likely to be found on a sprayer or chopping corn. However, Barney is still intricately involved in making sure that the farm stays current with up to date milking equipment and outstanding cow care. The farm just completed the construction on their newest expansion, an 80 ft. by 300 ft. free space compost pack to keep the cows more comfortable.
Pheasant Echo’s has registered over twelve hundred animals and has bred forty excellent cows and 210 very good animals. Pheasant Echo’s has had a presence in the show ring for many years with some of their fondest accomplishments being named Miss Maryland Holstein Futurity in 2012, 2014 and 2017, Premier Breeder of the Red and White show at Maryland State Fair in 2014, 2016 and 2017 and Grand Champion Red and White at the All-American Dairy Show in 2017. But 2016 proved to be their most exciting year when their homebred cow Pheasant Echo’s Turvy-Red-ET hit the colored shavings at Madison. Kenny got to strap Turvy as she was tapped the Grand Champion Red and White Holstein! She went on to capture the title of National Red and White Cow of the Year. Another honor bestowed to the Stambaugh family was being named Dairy of Distinction and a 25 year member of the MD-VA milk producers.
The Stambaughs are the perfect example of what can be achieved with hard work and dedication. Whether it be in their cow care and comfort, or in planting and harvesting crops, they strive to do it right.
Past Winners:2009- Red Vision Genetics
2010- Mike & Liz Doody
2011- Robert & Alice Bender
2012 – Chip Savage
2013 – Palmyra Farm
2014- Robert & Sam Smith, My Ladys Manor
2015- Jones Family Farm
2017- Stambaugh Family, Pheasant Echo’s Farm