Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, October 07, 1972, Image 1

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    oT Agriculture
Vol. 17 No. 46
The grand champion steer at the New Holland Fair was
shown by Twila Snader of East Earl R 2. The steer sold after
the show for $l.OO a pound.
Ten-year-old Jeanie Martin took the grand champion hog
prize on Thursday afternoon at the New Holland Fair. It was
Jeanie’s first year of competition, and she won with a 210
pound crossbreed.
Lancaster Farming, Saturday, October 7, 1972
New Holland, Ephrata
Fair Winners Named
Lancaster County’s fair season
went into its third week with the
New Holland Fair which began
on Wednesday Last Friday and
Saturday saw the closing events
of the Ephrata Fair. The
Manheim Fair begins on Wed
nesday, October 11, and will close
out the season.
Earl Stauffer entered his last
dairy show on Friday night at the
Ephrata Fair, and finished his
career of FFA competition with a
sparkling performance Stauffer
turns 21 soon, the mandatory
retirement age for FFA com
petition He won both the grand
and reserve Holstein Cham
pionships at the Junior Dairy
Cattle Show, third place in senior
calf competition, first in junior
yearling, first and second in
three-year-and-over, and grand
champion showman
Other Holstein winners were;
Russell Kline, Reinholds, junior
calf; Jay Zimmerman, Ephrata
Rl, intermediate calf; Richard
Bollinger, Lititz R 4, senior calf;
Ken Groff, Leola, senior
yearling; Russell Kline, two
year-old. Ken Groff was the
junior champion, Yvonne
Stauffer was reserve junior
Farm Calendar
Saturday, October 7
8 p.m. State Grange talent
elimination, Kutztoivn Grange
Sunday, October 8
1-5 p.m. First annual Apple
Festival, Menges Mill.
Monday, October 9
7:30 p.m. Lancaster County
Soil and Water Conservation
District board meeting, Farm
and Home Center.
Fulton Grange meeting, officer
installation, Oakryn.
8 p.m. Lancaster County
Poultry Association meeting,
Farm and Home Center.
Tuesday, October 10
10 a.m. Soybean meeting,
Southeast Research Farm,
1-3 p.m. Lancaster County
Gourmet Cooking Workshop,
Farm and Home Center.
8 p.m. Farm and Home
Foundation board of directors
meeting, Farm and Home
45th National FPA Convention,
Kansas City, Mo., October 10-
Wednesday, October 11
Manheim Farm Fair, October Il
Chester County sewing course for
Men’s Fashions, Paoli
Presbyterian Church.
North American Dairy Show,
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Flashing a beaming victory smile, Mrs. Harold Stuber of
Schoeneck stepped into the winner’s circle at Friday night’s
Ephrata Fair. She'd just pulled her way to a resounding
victory in the annual cow milking contest, beating out three
men in the process.
Winners in the Guernsey
competition were: Connie
Balmer, Lititz R 4, intermediate
calf; John Miller, Manheim,
senior calf, Dennis Nolt, junior
yearling, Jesse Balmer, Lititz
R 4, senior yearling; Cindy
Balmer, Lititz R 4, 2-year-old,
Jesse Balmer, Lititz R 4, 3-year
and-over Jesse Balmer showed
the junior champion, and the
senior and reserve senior
champions which went on to take
the grand and reserve breed
Ayrshire winners were: Ray
Martin, New Holland Rl, senior
calf, Daryl Martin, Stevens Rl,
junior yearling, Dennis Martin,
Wolgemuth Bros. Fighting
Pa. Sales Tax Imposition
Wolgemuth Brothers, IncT,
Mount Joy feed dealers, are
fighting a sales tax case that’s
being watched carefully by
poultrymen all over the state
The Bureau of Taxes for
Education is a part of the Penn
sylvania Department of
Revenue. The Bureau is
responsible for collecting and
disbursing all the sales taxes in
the state Back in April of this
year, Wolgemuth Brothers were
informed that their contract
broiler operation was not really
within the realm of farming.
Therefore, the Bureau said, the
company had to pay a six percent
sales tax on all feed, fuel and
litter bought to feed chickens
being grown by farmers under
contract to Wolgemuth.
“This whole thing is really a
matter of definition,” Guy J.
DePasquale told LANCASTER
Fair Schedule
Wednesday, October 11
2:30 p.m. Sheep and Swme
5 p.m. 4-H and FFA Baby Beef
7 p.m. Parade
8 p.m. Tractor Pulling Contest
following Baby Beef Show
Thursday, October 12
6 p.m. Baby Parade
6:30 p.m. Dairy Show
Friday, October 13
10 a.m. FFA Tractor Driving
2 p.m. Adult Tractor Driving
8 p.m. Market Hog Sale
8:15 p.m. FFA Beef Sale
following Market Hog Sale
$2.00 Per Year
Stevens RI, senior yearling, 3-
year-old, Daryl Martin. Daryl
Martin took grand champion
honors with his 3-year-old cow,
and Dennis Martin took the
reserve champion ribbon.
In Brown Swiss competition,
Donald Wenger showed the top
junior yearling, two-year-old and
three-year-old, and took both
reserve and grand champion
honors. Kerry Boyd had the top
senior yearling
At the New Holland Fair, grand
champion honors in the baby beef
competition held on Thursday
went to 17-year-old Twila Snader
of East Earl Rl.
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FARMING in a telephone in
terview. “We say that if a
company contracts with a farmer
to grow that company’s chickens,
then the company isn’t engaged
in farming. They therefore aren’t
entitled to a farming exemption
from the sales tax. If the farmer
bought the feed, he wouldn’t have
to pay the sales tax, because he’s
obviously farming. But how can a
company that doesn’t even own
any farmland claim to be far
Jay Wolgemuth said that his
company hasn’t yet begun to pay
the sales tax “We’re waiting
until the Bureau’s decision is
reviewed by a tax board. If the
board rules against us, we’ll take
it to court. I don’t see how the tax
people can get away with it.”
Asked if he knew of any other
poultry operations threatened by
the sales tax, Wolgemuth said,
“Not as far as I know. I think
we’re their guinea pig.”
Kenneth Longacre, president of
H. W Longacre, Inc., and the
Pennsylvania Poultry
Federation, said that he feels a
six percent tax on feed could
drive the poultry industry out of
Pennsylvania. “Right now,” he
said, “I think we’ve got about 85
percent of all the chickens in the
state being grown under con
tract. If the companies doing the
contracting get socked with a big
cost increase, they’re going to
have no choice but to move out.”
The sales tax law has been in
effect since 1962, and this is the
first time the revenue depart
ment has gone after contract
farm operations. If they succeed
with the poultry industry, it will
wipe out a source of earning for
many small farmers throughout
the state.
One industry spokesman said
he feels that other firms which
contract for the growing of hogs
and grain crops will also be
Industry leaders seem to feel
generally that the state has a
pretty weak case. But as one
poultryman said, “We can’t
count on winning.”