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• :f ' |& lo fe£fs£« % VOL. 16 NO. 35 Cucumber Picker Makes Job Easier This is a cucumber picker built by a Lancaster County farmer to assist with harvesting the cash crop. Made from scratch out of a truck chassis and 15 horsepow- er motor, the unit moves slow- ly through the field, operated by hydraulic pressure built up by the motor, according to Isaac Z. Smoker, Intercourse, who built the machine. Folding platforms on either side of the machine allow up to 3 Pay $15,000 for Cow Three Lancaster County men combiined to pay $15,000 for a Holstein cow at the annual Black and White Show and Sale in Lan caster July 16. This is reportedly the highest price ever paid for a dairy cow in Pennsylvania. The three are: Robert Kauff man, Elizabethtown RDI; Elvin Farm Calendar Saturday, July 24 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Rough and Tumble Tractor Pulling Contest 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Pennsylvania Angus Association field day, Twin Oak Farms, Quarryville. 9 a.m. Lancaster County 4-H Horse and Pony Round-up, ' Lancaster County Riding Club, 2615 .Columbia Ave., Lancaster. Sunday, July 25*' Farm Safety Week, July 25-31. Monday, July 26 7 p.m. Fulton Grange annual picnic, hall grounds, Oak rynu (Continued on Page 3) six pickers to lie face down, picking the cucumbers and plac ing them on a conveyor which lift them to a box container on top. The box can be hydraulical ly emptied into a waiting wa gon, ready for delivery, Smoker built the unit for his son-in-law, Reuben S. Stoltz fus, Gordonville RDI. Stoltzfus has one acre of cucumbers this year. Smoker noted that more would have been planted but he Hess, Strasburg RDI, and Char les C. Myers, Lancaster. Myers had previously bought the animal" from Robert Rigsby, Lawrence,_ Kansas to highlight the Black and White’s annual sale. The cow, Rockledge Idol Tracey, was bred April 14 to the famous Osborndale. Ivanhoe and Myers said the three buyers are hoping for a bull calf. Tracey was the prize 1970 Jun ior All-American two "year old and won numerous other nation al awards. Her sire was Pretz Burke Idol, purchased by the Atlantic Breed ers Cooperative, Lancaster, and classified at 90 (Excellent). Her dam is Rock Home Sky Clarice VG), with a lifetime record of 114,700 pounds of milk and 4,627" _ pounds of buitterfat for a 4.1 per cent test and still producing heavily. Myers said he was informed by Backus Brothers, pedigree read ers from New York State, that this is the highest price ever paid in Pennsylvania for a cow. ‘Myers said the top 100 cows in the sale averaged $1,004 each and the entire 155 averaged $922. , Lancaster Farming, Saturday, July 24,1971 wasn’t sure the new machine would work. (Continued on Page 3) Slave Auction Slated Thursday These three farmr youths are among several who will be available to any interested bid ders at the second annual farm and Home Foundation Slave Auction next week. The auction at 8:45 p.m. Thursday, July 29 at the Farm and Home Center is designed to raise money to help retire remaining debt incurred in con struction of the Center. Karen Horst, Lititz RD4, in spects the working’ apparatus of two Lititz area men who have volunteers to donate their ser vices for an eight hour day to 4-H, Black and White Dairy Shows Planned The Lancaster County Black and White Show and the Lan caster County 4-H Dairy Show will be held next week at the 1 Guernsey Sales Pavilion. The Black and White Show wilLbe held Thursday, July 29, beginnifig at 10 a.m. The 4-H show will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, begin ning at 9 a.m. On Tuesday, Ayrshire, Guernsey, Jersey and Brown Swiss breeds will be judged, followed on Wednesday with Holsteins. All 4-H Holsteins will be eligible foi the open class show Thursday. Clarence Stauffer, Ephrata RDI, show, chairman, said a total of 253 animals, more than last year, have been entered in both the 4-H and open competi tion. 4-H animals are automatically eligible for the open class com petition Thursday. While not all the 4-H animals remain for the open competition, experience _last year shows that 80 per cent will remain, Stauffer said. Judge in the open class com ' petition will be Neil L. Bowen, Wellsboro RD3. , 4-H judges are: John P. Harris, Harrisburg, type judge; Richard A. Bailey, Doylestown, showmanship judge, and Duane G. Duncan, Carlisle, fitting judge. Stauffer noted that all ex hibitors are urged to get their animals on the grounds before the highest bidder at the auc- tion. Kenneth Grube, left, Lititz RDI, was the highest priced slave in last year’s auction. Grube went for $l2 25 an hour when a bidding contest develop- ed between two would-be mas- ters. On the right is Jesse L. Balmer, Lititz RD4 who also participated in last year’s event. in the background is Forney Longenecker, Lititz RD3, foun- dation committee member who is helping with* planning the auction. $2.00 Per Year 7 p.m. Wednesday for showing Thursday. A professional photographer will sell his services to interest ed' dairymen throughout the day. Stauffer urged exhibitors and interested persons to drop by Monday, beginning at 7 p.m , to help put up tents He said entries have been received in about every class available and the animals are well dispersed among classes Prize money will be awarded in all the heifer and wet cow classes for the first eight places, beginning with $8 for first, and going down 7,6, 5, 4,3, 2, 1. Dry cow classes will be awarded 8, 6,4, 2, and bulls 4,3, 2,1. Assisting Stauffer on the Lancaster County Holstein Breeders Association show com mittee are: Loren A. Zimmer man, East Earl RDI, and J. Robert Hess, Strasburg RDI. In This Issue Classified 22, 23 Editorial Page 10 4-H News 14, 15 Market Reports 2,3, 4 ' Women’s News 16, 17, 18 See many other reports on activities of local farmers and groups, including a special re port on a Lancaster County Farmer’s experience with a new high-yield, high-protein grain, triticale, on page 19. Miss Horst is also volunteer ing her services to interested bidders. Girls will be available for baby sitting and housework Longenecker noted that while several youths bet ween the ages of 14 and 18 have volunteered their servic es, others can volun teer by calling Mrs . Joan Erbj at 626 % 591 0 r Everett Kreider at 284-4517. Longenecker also noted that a volleyball game will be held * rom 7 8:30 P- m - Proceeding the auct lon. Refreshments will follow the game.