Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, July 24, 1971, Image 1

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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
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Pennsylvania
Angus Association field
day, Twin Oak Farms,
9 a.m. Lancaster County 4-H
Horse and Pony Round-up,
' Lancaster County Riding
Club, 2615 .Columbia Ave.,
Sunday, July 25*'
Farm Safety Week, July 25-31.
Monday, July 26
7 p.m. Fulton Grange annual
picnic, hall grounds, Oak
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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
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
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
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.
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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
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
Stauffer noted that all ex
hibitors are urged to get their
animals on the grounds before
the highest bidder at the auc-
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-
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
$2.00 Per Year
7 p.m. Wednesday for showing
A professional photographer
will sell his services to interest
ed' dairymen throughout the
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.