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she says. "He registered Ayrshire stock and
was doing Triple A breeding before the guy
who invented it was even born. My father
would get so mad because we'd get a barn
full of gorgeous cows and my grandfather
would back up the truck and load them all up
and take them off for sale. That's where he
made his money."
When Harold died unexpectedly in 1957,
the farm passed to Julanne's father, Chandler, whose talents and interests took him in a
somewhat different direction.
"My father really loved mechanical things.
He loved to invent, make, build. He built a
hay elevator in the barn that went up, over,
around and through. It was hundreds of feet
long. And..." she raises an eye in amused
exasperation. "He invented a self-propelled
chopper, but was discouraged by the neighbors from patenting it."
Although the two generations before and
after her graduated from Vermont Technical
College (known as the Vermont Agricultural
School when her father and grandfather attended), Julanne took a more business-oriented path. "They sent me to secretarial school,"
she says. "I loved the numbers, so I ended up
getting into auditing, listing, doing the books
for farm and the sugar house, and I've been
treasurer for every organization in town."
She also went off into the world for a time,
married and had a son, and when she brought
her family back to the farm, her father had a
new assignment for her.
"He said, why don't you feed the calves for
me. Sure enough, I killed 'em all."
What?! No!
"Oh yes!" she exclaims, attributing the disaster in part to the conditions on the second floor of the barn where the calves were

raised. What once had been a warm environment grew cold and damp once a milking parlor was installed and the cows were housed
elsewhere.
"So my father told me to start making 'Polish puddin'," Julanne says. "You take the
colostrum milk and put it in a barrel and let
it pickle and then feed it back to the calves.
We experimented and I kept playing with it.
It's just like yogurt. You stir it every day, you
let it rise up like bread and then it goes back
down and it's ready to use. I fortify it with

a little powdered milk. Well, now I've been
feeding calves for 49 years with my pickled
colostrum and haven't lost a single calf. I
swear by it."
She inherited the farm when Chandler Smith
died of a heart attack in 1984, holding the
business steady until her son Neal graduated.
Now he, his younger brother Chad, and his
son Chandler jointly work the farm, which
currently comprises 500 acres, with a modern
milking parlor and multiple barns and farm
buildings. Their herd of Holsteins stands at
100, and the milk goes to the Agrimark-Cabot

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