Heartland Farm herd

Part of the Heirland Farm herd grazes on the rolling hills of the Derrenbacher family farm.

Israel Creek runs between two grass-fed beef cattle pastures in Woodsboro, and keeping the cows out of the water and the grass roots deep and protecting the stream banks from erosion are high on the priority list.

Steve and Ruth Ann Derrenbacher’s 70 to 80 cows, calves and yearlings have been blocked from the creek in Heirland Farm for the past 15 years by an electric fence. The cows don’t mind, but fast-moving water coming from upstream has begun to erode the creek’s sides, he said.

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Samantha Hogan is the state house, environment, agriculture and energy reporter for The Frederick News-Post.

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