Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, April 04, 1970, Image 1
I —— BA BB * # Hl T n I hjl y VOL. 15 NO. 19 Official Thinks Market Should Hold Egg Prices Drop 12 Cents Egg prices to producers col lapsed over the Easter holiday weekend. Prices dropped about 25 pe>- cent, Irom 49 cents just before Easter to 37-38 cents through Friday this week A leading national egg market ing official told Lancaster Farm ing late this week that price stablizathm efforts are underway and current prices should hold He thinks demand will be suffi cient to clear the market at the new price levels (News analysis, a Lancaster Fanning exclusive.) But both the national official and local egg producers said the new price puts egg income for the average producer at the “break even” level and inefficient producers or producers with old er flocks are probably losing money,-. ■. Delano Discusses Ray Delano, general manager of the Northeast Egg Marketing Association and a nationally re- Farm Calendar Saturday, April 4 9 00 am.-4.40 p m.—District 10 Youth Confeience of Grange, Red Hill, Montgomery Co. Uonday, April 6 Annual Meat Packers and Pro cessors Semmai at Penh State. 630 p.m.—Fruit Growers and Honey Produce! s, annual banquet. Meadow Hills Dm ing House. 7-30 p.m. Elm-Penryn 4-H Club, Penryn Fire Hall. (Continued on Page 12) Lancaster County vocational agricul ture officials are shown this week planning year-end FFA contests and programs at a 4 30 pern, meeting Wednesday at-Warwick High School. cognized authority on egg mar keting, discussed the present egg market with Lancaster Farming by telephone from his New Ham pshire office Thursday. Delamo bad just finished conferring with other egg marketing officials across the country While producers with young flocks laying at an 80 per cent rate can still make a profit at current prices and average pio ducmg flocks will about “break even,” the older flocks are now money loseis, according to De lano As a result, Noi theast Egg Mar Guemsey Breeders To Tour York, Adams Farms April 10 The Lancaster County Guern sey Breeders’ Tour will feature -visits to farms in York and Adams Counties from 8:15 a.m. rio 4:45 p.m. (Friday, April 10. Cost is $3 50 pei person Visit ors are asked to bring lunch Reservations can be made by contacting Melvin R Stoltzfus, 687-7340, Jesse G Balmer, 626- 8055, or Raymond F Witmei, 786-3526 by noon Apul 9 'The tour schedule is as follows leave Conestoga Tiansportation Company bus bams at 825 E Chestnut St, Lancaster at 8 15 sharp, and visit the Harry Bles sing farm, Wnghtsville at 9 The 90 cow stall bam has a dumping station The Lehman Bios farm is next at 9 45 at Yoik RDII The stall barn built in 1963 for 86 cows, featuies panel side walls, pipe line, and chain conveyor for sil age feeding At 11:30, the Lester Van Ars They are: Jim Kerr, Warwick High School vo-ag teacher; Mark Campbell, Manheim Central High School vo-ag teach er and county vo-ag teacher president, and Henry Givler, district FFA leader. Lancaster Farming, Saturday, April 4,1970 keting early this week sent let ters to more than 70 of its biggest producers with flocks of more than 150,000 birds telling them to cull and sell the older flocks Sale of these older birds, be sides eliminating money losers for egg producers, will help re duce the supply of eggs and hopefully help stabalize egg pric es, Delano said Othei price stabahzmg efforts are underway. Surplus Removal Arrangements are being made to sell 14,000 cases of eggs over the next three weeks to mstitu dale farm at Biglerville RD2 will show a 68 .cow operation with pipeline milker, a new controlled environment free stall barn with bunk feeder and chain conveyor for manure loading. The herd is divided into two groups which alternate between free stall and stall barn At 2 p m , a tour of the Harold Good farm at Airville RD will featuie a 130 cow operation with loose housing, stall barn, pipe line milker and bunk feeder The 2 45 p.m tour of the Mel vin Wessel farm at Airville RD will show 150 cow operation with two pictuie window milking par lois, fiee stalls with liquid ma ma e and a heated calf bam Animals from this herd have been shown at the National Show The group will return by way of the Norman Wood Bridge, ar riving at the Buck by 4 pm and Lancaster by 4 45 p m tions as “breakers or frozen and liquid eggs. “We have a surplus removal program underway now,” he said. At the same time, Delano anti cipates “a lot of promotions and retail sales” and “retail sales should really pick up. “Our organization 'feels that with the market at 37 to 38 cents, eggs should be sold at retail for not more than 55 to 56 cents ” At this price, which compares to recent sales in the 79 cent area, normal consumer demand should pick up and retailers can be expected to feature eggs more The combination of culled flocks, lower consumer prices and increased retail promotion should stabalize prices at about the present level acordmg to De lano, who feels the market can absorb the available eggs at the lower prices. Market Unstable But will the maiket hold? He’s not sure. He said producers need from /" ' Center To Hold Youth Coop Meeting Apr. 14 The Youth Institute on Cooper ative Business will be held from 9 am to 2-15 pm Tuesday, April 14, at the Farm and Home Center. The annual institute sponsored by the Lancaster County Council of Farmer Cooperatives is pri marily geaied to explaining and encouraging farm cooperatives Chaired by Henry Givler, vo cational aguculture consultant, the morning program is as fol lows 9. get acquainted, refiesh ments, 9 15, introductions; 9 25, “Caieers in Agncultuie,” a tele lecture by William Matson, man ager of the Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association, Harusbuig 9-45, “What Faim Cooperatives Aie,” jointly by the Lancaster County Cooperative Council, Pennsylvania Association of Fai mei Cooperatives, and Ameucan Institute of Cooperation Also on the piogiam is Boyd Gaitley of the Inter-State Milk Pioduce's Coopeiative 10 10 Youth Questions the Co opeiative Panel Management Lom Coopeiatives Youth Mem beis, 11, As We Saw It, Linfoid D Martin, AIC Scholar, and Ruth K Biubaker, PAFC Sch olar Lunch is scneduled for 11 30, followed by a film at 12 15 p m on “Rewarding Caieers in a Dy namic Industry,” Hal F. Doran, Penn State agriculture business advisor, will speak A cooperative quiz will be giv en farm youth at 1:15 and win ners will be announced at 2:10, $2.00 Per Yew seven to ten days for the new market situation to clear and to see if the egg surplus which brought on the price drop will move. But Delano indicated he’s not sure if the present price will hold long enough the seven to ten days to see if the eggs can be sold. While Delano feels the present market situation should stabalize and that present prices possibly can hold, he’s openly concerned about long term trends toward bigger flocks Lancaster Fanning recently ra. leased USDA figures showing January layer hatch was up 21 per cent. More recent figures show February hatch was up 17 per cent over a year ago. These figures represent potential in creases in lawer flock number several months in the future show February potential increas es in layer flocks number seveial months in the future. (Continued on Page 9) following a wrap up by Jay W. Irwin, associate County agent, and Mrs. Mary Enkson, FHA vo cational consultant Lancaster County Cooperative Council officers are, C. P. Brant ley, chairman, Atlantic Breeders Cooperative bianch manager, and Charles Cowan, vice chairman, field representative of Inter-State Milk Producers Coop. Cooperative Council member businesses are Agway, Inc.; At lantic Breeders Cooperative; Faim Credit Association; Inter- State Milk Produceis’ Coopera tive; Mount Joy Fanners Cooper ative, and Produceis Coopeiativo Exchange of Coatesville. SCreider Farm’s ’Copter Featured The helicoptei pictmed on the fiont page of the Maich 1970 is sue of “Nations Aguculture” was photogiaphed while spray ing potatoes on :he Noah Kieider faim neat Manhe.m Kieidei, who fauns in a tlnee way paitneiship with his sons, Noah Jr and Richard, has one of Lancastei County's larger farm ing opeiations Page 10 of the issue explains that use of helicopters for agri cultural purposes is growing. The paiticulai helicopter was operated by Dr Carrol M. Voss, who emphasized that properly ti ained pilots are “of greater im poitance” for helicopter farm work.