Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, November 09, 1974, Image 1

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    Periodical* Division H /, ///N
Vol. 19 No. 52
Although this young calf doesn’t
look much like the American bison,
yet he was sired by an animal with
buffalo blood. The calf is one of the
first-born in the state, and is the
Farmer, Grain Dealer
Clash Over Contract
over con
tract contract
language 5 and production
supplies between a
Maryland farmer and a York
County grain dealer saw the
two locked in a court battle
last Thursday in Gettysburg
in the Adams County Court
House. The dealer, Kenneth
Hostetter of the K & D Grain
Co., Hanover, lost the jury
trial, but says he plans to
appeal. The winner in the
case, Charles Campbell, is a
grain farmer who operates
several farms with his
father, Christopher, just
across the Maryland line.
The dispute between
Hostetter and Campbell
arose in November of last
Dave Gerhart, New Providence, wahts to continue
farming especially raising small grains and dairy
animals, when he graduates from Solanco High School
this spring.
Serving The Central and Southeastern Pennsylvania Areas
beginning of what is hoped to be a
purebred Beefalo herd at the
Graterford Prison in Montgomery
year, when Campbell
delivered a load of soybeans
to Hostetter’s plant. Prior to
that delivery, die farmer had
delivered some 10,000
bushels of corn, in July, to
partially satisfy a contract to
deliver 20,000 bushels at a
price of $1.70 per bushel. The
market price at the'time of
delivery was $2.95. He had
also delivered 1500 bushels of
wheat on a 3000-bushel
contract at $2.15.
Campbell delivered the
entire 1000 bushels of
soybeans called for in the
contract, which called for a
payment of $7 a bushel.
Market price at the time of
the November delivery was
about $5 a bushel.
As the com and the wheat
Lancaster Farminp Saturday, November 9, 1974
were being delivered in June
and July, Hostetler paid for
their grain. But when they
came to claim their soybean
check in November, he
withheld it, saying they still
owed him 10,000 bushels of
com and 1500 acres of wheat.
Campbell then sued
Hostetter for the soybean
check. Hostetter, in turn,
countersued, claiming that
Campbell’s non-compliance
with the com and wheat
contracts had caused him a
monetary loss of some
$14,000. That claim was
based on the difference
between the contract price
and the market price on the
last day for delivery under
the contract terms. In order
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Dave Gerhart
Be His Career
by: Melissa Piper
David Gerhart, is a young
man who is interested in
farming after he graduates
from high school this coming
spring. “Not such a
desireable career you say?”
Well, Dave thinks so and is -
anxious to begin raising his
own dairy animals and small
grain crops.
David has bad lots of
practice as he has been
active in the Solanco FFA
Chapter of Solanco High
School. During his FFA work
David has taken dairy,
grain, hay and corn projects.
His dairy animals have
been a success to him as he
Beefalo Calves Are
First In Pennsylvania
by Dick Wanner
The sons and daughters of
an American legend are
walking the grounds of
Graterford Correctional
Institute in Montgomery
County. They’re only calves,
but they are descendants of
the massive buffalo herds
that once thundered through
the Great Plains.
If the advance publicity is
to be believed, animals like'
these young calves will soon
be making a thunderous
noise in the marketplace.
Would you believe a beef
animal that weighs 1000
pounds at 10 months, an
animal that can convert four
pounds of grass into a pound
of beef - without any grain
supplement - an animal with
a lean carcass that dresses
out at 63-percent of its live
weight, meat that is ID
percent higher in protein
than beef, and meat that is
said to be more tender,
juicier and tastier than beef?
Woule you believe all that?
Would you like to order a
truckload of feeders?
Well, we can’t verify the
claims for Beefalo - the first
American “exotic” - and we
can’t tell you where to get
In This Issue
Markets 2-4
Sale Register 55
Farmers Almanac 6
Classified Ads 25
Editorials 10
Homestead Notes 58
Home on the Range 43
Organic Living 45
Junior Cooking Edition 42
Sale Reports 58
Berks Co. Baby Beef 51
Farm Women Calendar 40
Poultry Queen 24
has shown prize-winning
animals at the Solanco Fair,
District Dairy Show and at
the State Dairy Show. One of
his most prized awards was
winning the reserve junior
champion award at the
District show with his
Guernsey dairy cow.
Not only has he been active
with dairy projects, but
Dave also served as
photographer for the FFA
and participated on the
Small Gas Engine team and
in the County Soil Judging
He also participated on the
initiation committee and has
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any feeders. But when Nick
Kohut, Graterford’s farm
manager, called us and said
he had brand new Beefalo
calves, we drove over to take
a look, Kohut, who lived in
Lancaster for several years
while he managed the Jet
Age Swine Breeding
operation, is trying to see
how well the Beefalo animals
live up to their advance
Irwin Honored
at Poultry Fete
Jay Irwin, Lancaster’s
Associate County Agent, was
honored for his outstanding
contributions to the poultry
industry during the Lan
caster County Poultry
Association’s annual
meeting held on Thursday,
November 7th at Good ‘N
Plenty Restaurant-
John R. Huber, Jr., Lititz,
president of the board of
directors presented Irwin
with an attractive desk set
and dock in appreciation of
his work.
“Jay Irwin,” Huber ex
plained “has put in long
hours of work for the Lan
caster Poultry Association
often working many hours at
night and on weekends to aid
our group.”
“We want to honor him for
this time and effort,
John Hoffman,
representing the Penn
sylvania Poultry Federation
gave a report of the State
organization’s work and
called upon the Lancaster
Association to continue its
John Huber, Jr., president of the board of directors
tor the Lancaster County Poultry Association (right)
presents Jay Irwin, Associate County Agent with a
desk set in appreciation of his contributions to the
poultry industry.
$2.00 Per Year
publicity. And if they come
close, Kohut plans to develop
* a purebred Beefalo herd
sometime around 1960.
Beefalo animals, which
are not yet considered a
recognized breed, are the
result of 15 years of work by
D. C. Basolo, Jr, Basolo now
has a 5000-head Beefalo herd
in California. He began
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outstanding work in the
educational and promotional
Lancaster County’s
Poultry Queen, Michele
Melhom, then addressed the
guests, explaining the
functions that she has been
involved in during her reign
in the county.
Directors elected at the
meeting for the coming year
were: Melvin Shumaker,
representing Victor F.
Weaver’s, New Holland; J.
Leroy Esbenshade,
Manheim; Ed Moshier,
Lititz and John Melhom,
Mount Joy.
John G. Fish, Plant
Engineer at Sperry New
Holland, was Keynote
Speaker for the event. Along
with his address, Fish
showed a slide presentation.
Master of ceremonies for
the evening was Ed Moshier,
a poultry producer from the
Lititz area, with en
tertainment being brought
by the Good Brother’s
Quartet of York.