Free Lance-Star reporter Robyn Sidersky covers Caroline County government and schools. You can reach her at 540/374-5413 or You can follow coverage on Facebook or Twitter as well.

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Farm tour interrupted by arrival of heifer

I spent some time today with Hunter Gravatt at his family’s farm in Caroline County.

This is Gravatt’s second year teaching agriculture at Caroline High School. His family has farmed in Caroline County since the 1700s, he says. You’ll read more about that in a story that will appear in The Free Lance-Star soon.

Sometimes, unexpected things happen on a farm. Sometimes the equipment doesn’t work perfectly and it takes sticking your hand in a truckload of warm, freshly cut hay to find the problem.

But sometimes, those surprises are not so bad.

Today was one of those days.

Gravatt was feeding the cows and heifers in another part of the farm and I was waiting for him to come back so we could continue our little tour.

After just a few minutes, he came back  to where I was waiting and said, “You’re not going to believe this. There is a calf over on the hill.” So we hopped in his truck and drove over to where the newborn was. He estimated that it was no more than a day or two old because it was already walking.


It was the first time I had seen something like this. In covering Caroline County, I’m trying to learn more about agriculture and the farms around the county. This is a perfect example of why I like to get to know the people in a community.