Members of the Maryland Farm Bureau Young Farmers gathered in Westminster last weekend for their annual meeting and retreat.
About 25 members from around the state toured three Carroll farms Saturday afternoon, despite a cold wind and sporadic rain.
The first stop was Jack and Ollie Price's sheep farm on Lemmon Road outside Westminster where Jack and his border collie demonstrated their shepherding skills. With Jack giving commands, the collie kept a flock of ewes moving around a field.
The young farmers also walked through a barn to see several newborn lambs with their mothers. The Prices raise Hampshire sheep and have a flock of 100 breeding ewes.
The young farmers, ages 18 to 35, also toured a dairy farm on Sullivan Road outside Westminster owned by Donald I. Dell and his sons, Greg and Roger. Dell, a Carroll County commissioner-elect, owns about 900 acres and 130 cows.
The final stop was Lippy Brothers Inc., a grain operation on Lees Mill Road in Hampstead owned by four brothers. They farm about 8,800 in Carroll and Baltimore counties, said Keith Lippy, a son of Joseph Lippy.
On Sunday, the young farmers attended a "Master Market" seminar, a new Farm Bureau adult education program designed to help farmers identify their needs, wants and dreams, said John F. Butler of the Farm Bureau.
Mark Eck of Queen Anne's County was elected chairman of the Young Farmers committee for the next year.