12/07/2005 1:00AM

Hill 'n' Dale buys more land


Hill 'n' Dale Farm in Lexington, Ky., has added approximately 317 acres to its property by buying a former cattle farm about 3 1/2 miles away from the main Hill 'n' Dale land. Dr. Henry Wells of Lexington formerly owned the land.

"We've been looking for several years to expand our operation out of necessity," said Hill 'n' Dale's president, John Sikura, who estimated that the operation houses as many as 400 mares at peak times of year.

Sikura said the new property will be devoted mostly to mares and foals. Hill 'n' Dale plans to build six barns there. The purchase brings Hill 'n' Dale's total acreage to about 825 acres.