In July, Harold “Cap” and Peggy Long (pictured left and right above) were inducted into the Maryland Dairy Shrine. Their daughter, Becky Long Cheney had the honor of presenting a slideshow highlighting their dedication to the dairy industry and the success of the Long View Farm Brown Swiss, Ayrshire, and Holstein cattle. Forty special friends, grandkids, great-grandkids, nieces, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews attended the special evening honoring the Longs. Granddaughters Rianna and Sheridan Chaney presented a thank you on their Pap and Grandma’s behalf.
Cap and Peggy Long established Long View Farm in 1956 near Thurmont milking Brown Swiss, Ayrshire, and Holstein cattle. Cap and Peggy, their six children, and many grandchildren have been involved extensively in breeding Brown Swiss as well as leadership in state and national programs. Although the herd dispersed in 1993, the Longs’ impacted the breed lines of today through offspring that trace back to Long View genetics.
They have bred and developed numerous All-Americans and All-American nominations; won a combined 14 Maryland State Fair Brown Swiss Premier Breeder and Exhibitor banners; and had Long View animals selected as junior, senior, and grand champion and reserve at more than 20 state shows and 12 national shows. Their greatest success was breeding a legend of the breed, Long View Jade’s Raisin. Raisin is one of five of the most decorated national grand champions in the breed, being named grand or reserve at the Eastern National Show, Central National Show, and the Southeastern National Show.
Other prominent Long View animals included Long View Jubilation Isabel, (Topped National Brown Swiss Sale for $10,000 in 1982); Long View Jetway Oprah (named grand champion at 2000 World Dairy Expo); and Long View Chall Rosemary (named junior champion at both the Eastern National and Central National Shows as a winter calf in 1993). That same year Long View Farm exhibited the winning WDE junior best three females. The Longs also had some state Total Performance Winners as well as two grand champion females at the Eastern National Junior Show and several state milk production winners.
Cap and Peggy also developed one of the breed’s most prominent bulls, Bridge View Jubilation, and his semen was sold all over the world by Sire Power and World Wide Sires. The Longs also had much success with several of their Ayrshire cattle with several county and state champions. Long View Fickle’s Whisper was the reserve Jr. All-American Jr. Yearling and 2-year-old. Their most prominent Holstein was Long View Tong Suzy, pictured around the globe to promote the Tong bull.
Cap helped with the Mid-Atlantic Brown Swiss Calf sale for 30 years as well as managing the Great Frederick Fair milking parlor for 10 years. Peggy is most known for her dedication as a 4-H Club leader for 50-plus years and for coordinating many Brown Swiss food stands. They are proud that some of their children and grandchildren continue working in agriculture and promoting the Big Brown Cow.
For the full list of previous inductees, please check out sites.google.com/site/mddairyshrine/awards/guests-of-honor.