Humans of Calvert County, Sarah Merranko & Anita Santoyo

“My sister and brother started showing when they were about 8, so I’ve been around it my whole life. I first started showing when I was 5. When I was 7, I had my first heifer calf, and I’ve done goats, sheep, pigs, and cows.

This year, I have one steer for the auction and one that I’m not selling …and I have a heifer here. I love meeting all the people and getting to learn stuff that you wouldn’t learn in a normal classroom.

Normally, over the summer is the main time, but you’re raising them all year round. After this week, I start looking for new cows and as soon as I get them, it’s all until next year. It used to be kind of sad to sell them when I was younger and I mean, there’s still a few …I mean, one of the ones I have this year I had since he was a baby, so it’s super bittersweet. You get so see stuff and you get to experience stuff and get to sell your animal, but I mean you spent a year with them every single day, it’s like a little piece of your heart is gone.

I mean it’s not heartbreaking, it’s just that you have pride for that animal because you cared for it. So, Thursday night at the Dairy Show, I won Champion in showing and Best in Show doe and then yesterday, at the Sheep Show, I won Best ewe.” 


David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...