Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, February 26, 1972, Image 1

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    Vol. 17 No. 14
Inter-State’s Dr. Honan Talks of ‘Politics and Milk’ or Vice Versa
District 7 of the Inter-State
Milk Producers’ Cooperative
held its annual dinner meeting at
Hostetter’s Dining Hall, Mount
Joy, at noon Thursday.
Jersey Calf
Sale Set
A Jersey calf sale to benefit 4-H
and FFA work and sponsored by
the Pennsylvania Jersey
Breeders will be held at 10:30
a.m. Saturday, April 1 at Top-O-
Hill Farm, die home of the
George Seeds family,
In conjunction with the regular
Pennsylvania State Jersey
meeting, the sale will be the first
of its kind in the history of the
Jersey Association in Penn
Donald Koontz of Walabe Farm
is chairman of the sale. Jim
Boswell of Unionville will be
donating his time as auctioneer.
The calves are from dams with
10,000 pounds of milk or more and
are from proven sires.
Also included in the Saturday
morning activities will be a tour
of the New Bolton Center.
Anyone desiring reservations
for the Saturday, April 1 banquet,
contact George A. or Mildred
Seeds, 1208 Seeds Lane,
Downingtown, 19335, or call 215-
269-0759 no later than March 20.
New Egg Act Will Force
Down Breakage, Birth
The “main good” to come from
new federal egg inspection
regulations effective July 1 will
be “to force farmers to reduce
breakage” Kermit Birth, Penn
State poultry marketing
specialist, told local farmers
Thursday night at the Farm and
Home Center.
Birth said he has seen some
instances of breakage exceeding
13 per cent and even much
higher. But he stated there’s
“absolutely no excuse for it.”
Birth showed slides and
discussed numerous causes of
breakage, nearly all of them
involving improper handling of
eggs or birds.
In This Issue
Ag Teacher Report 14
Classified Ads 32,33,34,35
DHIA Report 18
Editorial Page 10
Market Section 2,3,4
PEMA Report 12
Sale Register 28,29,30,31
Women’s News 24,25
Also see special reports on the
Garden Spot Young Farmer
banquet on page 16 and the Inter-
State District 7 banquet on page
Elsewhere, see reports on
growing discontent by farm
organizations with policies and
programs of the Pennsylvania
Department of Agriculture.
Election of local officers and a
talk by Dr. James E. Honan,
Inter-State secretary and general
manager, were among the
Honan zeroed in on several
issues facing milk producers
including what he described as
“prices and politics,” something
which he said “happens every
four years when milk prices get
involved in politics and politics
get involved im milk.”
Honan said that in general he
sees the recent action to replace
the U.S. Secretary of
Agriculture as “something
that had to be done to move
farmers back into the present
administration.” Honan says he
sees a number of things being
done to improve U. S. farm
He noted that Senator Hubert
Humphrey, presidential can
didate, already is recommending
price support increases for milk
and Honan indicated he thinks
the present administration may
raise milk prices in the next three
or four weeks.
But Honan noted that the in
terest of consumers is for lower
When federal order fodr
(Philadelphia) is extended to
include a larger area and more
farmers, prices to farmers in
these areas will be increased,
resulting in higher prices for
consumers. Honan said be
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According to Birth, “Some
farmers who say they can’t af
ford to spend more money to stop
breakage may not have spent
enough time pushing the pencil”
to see how much breakage is
costing them.
Other discussion at the second
of three Lancaster County
Poultry Association education
meetings at the Farm and Home
Center revealed that it will be
illegal to “sell inedibles” after
Phase II of the new Federal Egg
Products Inspection Act becomes
effective July 1.
When fanners inquired if this
will outlaw selling of a few eggs
at their farms to neighbors and
others who stop by, officials
explained that it will be illegal to
sell inedibles and that it will be
impossible to know if the eggs
contain inedibles unless they are
Some fanners indicated they
currently sell a few eggs without
candling and that this would
mean purchase of candling
equipment will be necessary.
In other discussion, it was
indicated that responsibility for
egg quality, except for farmer
sales directly to the customer,
will rest primarily with the
processors and retailers.
Further educational meetings
are expected on the Egg Products
Act to further familiarize
producers and processors with
Lancaster Farming. Saturday, February 26,1972
Among those appearing on the Inter-
State Cooperative District 7 annual
banquet program Thursday afternoon are:
Daniel L Martin, District director; Dr.
But Ail Farm Equipment Needs Emblem
Pennsylvania State Police this
week reported that the new slow
moving vehicle (SMV) law does
not apply to Amish buggies.
Previous indications from
State Police and other sources
were that the law would apply to
all vehicles traveling on public
roads at speeds less than 25 miles
per hour.
But State Police reported this
details of the new law. One such
meeting has been scheduled by
the USDA in Harrisburg on
March 10.
Also speaking were E. J.
Lawless, Pennsylvania Depart
ment of Agriculture chief of
poultry and eggs division, and
Richard Shockley, USDA. The
meeting was chaired by Jay W
Irwin, associate Lancaster
County ag agent.
Railroad Accepts
Stock Yards Bid
A high bid submitted by the
Lancaster Livestock Exchange
has been accepted tentatively by
the management of the Penn
Central Railroad for sale of
Lancaster Union Stock Yards.
A second bid of Bunarco Inc.
for purchase of a 5.1 acre tract
across Marshall Avenue from the
stock yards, was also accepted.
The Exchange bid $803,331 for
the 22.9 acre stock yard site,
which includes cattle pens as well
as the Stock Yard Inn, at the
corner of Lititz Pike and Mar
shall Ave.
Because Penn Central is
operating under bankruptcy
proceedings, the bids must now
go through a complicated legal
procedure before sale of the stock
yards is finalized.
Buggies Exempt From SMV Law
week that the law is being strictly
interpreted and that this in
-erpretation excludes Amish
The law will apply, however, to
farm implements and
machinery, including those
pulled by horses. Present in
dications are that the law will
apply to Amish farm equipment
on public highways, but not to the
Sgt. Donald Hollywood, traffic
sergeant at Lancaster Police
barracks, explained this week
that the official state slow
moving vehicle emblem is
required on “all farm machinery,
implements of husbandry, in
cluding all road construction and
maintenance machinery
designed to operate at 25 miles
per hour or less traveling on a
public highway, day or night.”
Hollywood said, “The
legislature did not include (in the
SMV law) the horse and buggy
being used by the Amish sect.”
He noted that local State Police
checked with the traffic Bureau
in Harrisburg and “they con
firmed it is not required on the
Amish buggy.” But Hollywood
added that farm machinery
pulled by horses will be subject to
the law, which required the of
ficial triangular slow moving
vehicle emblem.
Previous reports in Lancaster
Farming had indicated that the
emblem would be required on all
vehicles traveling under 25 miles
per hour, including the buggy.
Hollywood said his office has
Livestock waste disposal will
be the topic at an educational
meeting at the Farm and Home
Center at 7:30 p.m. Monday,
February 28.
A. Roger Grout, Penn State ag
Extension engineer, will speak on
“Manure Management and
Disposal” and N. Henry
Wooding, Penn State ag Ex
tension ■ engineer, ■ will- discuss
James E. Honan, Inter-State secretary and
general manager; Robert Kauffman,
District president and banquet toast
master, and Andrew A. Marvin, fieldman.
Waste Meeting Set
$2.00 Per Year
recieved numerous inquiries in
recent weeks in regard to ap
plication of the law to buggies. He
acknowledged there was some
uncertainty initially on whether
the law would apply to buggies,
but this has been resolved to
exclude buggies.
The law requires that the
emblem be positioned as near as
practical to the center of the
machinery. The emblem is not
required on vehicles being towed
if the towing vehicle has an
emblem which is readily visible.
Hollywood also noted he has
received some inquiries on how
the law would apply if an emblem
is on a vehicle which is being
transported by a fast moving
vehicle which exceeds the 25 mile
per hour limit. Hollywood said
that as far as he can tell there is
nothing in the law to prohibit the
transported vehicle from having
the emblem, but he advised that
as a practical matter the emblem
should be covered in such cases
Farm Calendar
Monday, February 28
7:30 p.m. Waste Disposal
meeting, Farm and Home
Farmers Union National Con
vention, Houston, Texas,
February 28 - March 2.
Fulton Grange 66 meeting,
Tuesday, February 29
7:30 p.m. Central 4-H Tractor
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“Liquid Waste Management.”
In urging farmers to attend the
meeting, Max Smith, Lancaster
County ag agent, noted changing
agricultural methods, growing
pressures on farmers and the
need to “become as
knowledgable as possible in
livestock waste management in
order to .maintain good com
munity relations.”