Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, July 12, 1975, Image 38

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—Lancaster Farming, Saturday, July 12, 1975
Sandy Evans
Will Represent
by: Sally Bair
Farm Feature Writer
Sandra Lee Evans needs only to talk for a few minutes
before it becomes quite obvious that she truly loves the out
of doors and living on a farm.
Sandy, 17, is the new Chester County Dairy Princess,
and she makes il very clear that she has no plans to live
anywhere but on a farm.
Pretty, freckled and deeply tanned, she is the picture of
Sandy just enjoyed a rubber raft trip with her
Ecology Club, and now is trying to learn the finer
points of canoeing.
a healthy farm girl and will be a good commercial for the
dairy products she will speak up for in the coming year.
The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. I. Newton Evans, Chester
Springs R 2, Sandy was selected over a field of six con
testants. The Evans family lives on a 130-acre farm with
additional rented land to total about 400 acres. They milk
about 70 Holsteins and have nearly 180 head altogether.
Sandy’s brother, Freeman, 23, works on the farm, and
she has a married sister LuAnn, 21, and a sister Yvonne,
26, whojs in the Peace Corps in Africa.
When asked what she is doing now that summer
vacation is here she said, “My father takes care of that.”
Then she said her job is mostly feeding and cleaning up
around die barn, with her chores beginning at 6:30 a.m.
when she starts feeding the silage.
She also helps in the fields when necessary, sometimes
raking hay, but mostly she says she just helps to unload
hay.
Later Sandy said that it is her responsibility to keep up
Country Corner
“The Tie That Binds"
by: Melissa Piper
During a press conference earlier this week,
several newspeople heard the Secretary of
Agriculture Earl Butz, relate a concern over the
declining per capita consumption of milk in the
United States. For in his words, the agriculture
official stated, “this decrease in per capita
consumption has become a real concern for the
dairy farmer."
Being of interest in just how much of a con
cern this might be, I checked into the matter by
calling an area dairy co-op and found the
following information to be quite interesting.
It is true that in the last few years, the per
capita consumption of total fluid milk has
decreased, but not by astounding leaps and
bounds as we have been led to believe. For
example in 1969 the per capita consumption
was 138 quarts per person (milk and milk
products) while last year that figure was 132.2
quarts per person.
A slightly different aspect can be seen in the
whole milk consumption however. In 1955, the
per capita consumption for milk was 134.9
quarts per person while in 1969 it had dropped
to 110.2 quarts and last year recorded at 93
A Look at the Dairy Industry
Chester County’s Dairy Enterprise
the grounds around their home, which involves quite a lot
of mowing. She said, “You never consider yourself done,
you just keep mowing and mowing. I really pride myself
in a well-kept lawn that is well trimmed.”
Sandy is emphatic about the matter of living in the
country: “There’s no way you’re going to get me to live in
a city.” And she said she’d like to live on a dairy farm
when she’s older, despite her love of horses. “I don’t know
how you make enough money to live otherwise.”
Sandy also had a few comments on the state of farming
in her area. She said she really-feels like “people are
closing in, and I hate to see it. The ground here is so well
suited for agriculture it would seem they should choose
some poorer locations to build houses, and let the
agricultural land stand. I love the country.”
In talking about the things she really enjoys, she
became very enthusiastic about her quarterhorse, Myrtle.
Sandy said that when she was thirteen she thought she
wanted a motorcycle. Instead her father got her a horse,
and it’s been a “real love affair” ever since, according to
her mother. She uses her horse for hunting, and is a junior
member of the Belwood Hunt Club.
Sandy patiently explained what a “hunt” is. The season,
she said, extends from sometime after Labor Day until.
May 31, at which time the hunts are stopped to allow the
foxes to raise their young. She said they never shoot a fox -
Homestead
the purpose of the hunt is primarily for the exercise and
the enjoyment of being outdoors. The hunts begin
somewhere around 9:00 a.m. and often continue until mid
or late afternoon.
To prepare her horse for this rigorous riding, she
exercises him daily in the winter months, but she admits
that in the summer she slacks off and then slowly builds
him up again.
But what about the dairying that she’s to represent?
She’s been a member of the 4-H Black and White Club,
having been a member for the past three years. She also
belonged for a few years when she was younger. She has
three cows and two calves and will be showing an in
termediate calf this year.
Last year Sandy was the winner in the Chester County
Milk and Fat contest with one of her cows who was
milking 19,000 pounds. Although keeping the records was
a lot of work, she said she was really glad for a contest like
that “for people like me who can’t do very well at shows.”
She usually shows at the Goshen and Kimberton Fairs and
at her 4-H Round-Up.
A new 4-H activity for her this summer is dairy cattle
judging. “It’s a whole new thing,” she said, and indicated
that she’s a little unsure of herself. She said she thinks she
needs a few more years of practice before things fall into
quarts.
This may seem like a frightening drop and yet
there are many factors which must be con
sidered. In the past several years many people
have turned from drinking fresh whole milk to
the low-fat milk in the wake of the cholestrol
scare and weight conciousness. This explains
most of the drop, since the per capita con
sumption of fluid low milk has increased by 439
percent over the last 10 years.
There have also been substantial increases
in the use of yogurt and other dairy products
over the last ten years which seems to ease the
fears just a little.
While it is true however, that milk has not
been able to compete with “the real thing” and
other carbonated drinks, at least here in the
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place for her.
Sandy will be a senior at the Owen J. Roberts High
School in Pottstown and one of her major interests is the
Ecology Club. The Club’s primary reason for existing is to
recycle paper, glass and tin cans. Every Friday club
members collect the paper from the ecology containers
which they’ve placed in every room in the school and ship
it to be recycled.
On Saturdays, they work at the Norco Mall where they
have placed containers for glass and tin cans. The glass
must be sorted according to clear and colored glass and
things like soda bottles must have the rings taken off
because even though people are asked to remove them
before discarding the bottles, many don’t bother, ac
cording to Sandy. The clear bottles go to Diamond Glass
and the colored ones are sent to New Jersey, Sandy said.
Of course, the plants which recycle the products pay the
club for supplying them, and with their money the club
went on a rubber raft trip. For Sandy, it was a thrilling
experience which she thoroughly enjoyed.
Sandy is also a member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran
Church and a member of their youth group as well as a tri
church youth group.
Sandy entered the Dairy Princess contest because some
friends of hers convinced her she should. She said, “Tina
Acker (the 1974 Dairy Princess and a neighbor and fellow
4-H member) brought the contestant forms along to a 4-H
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Sandy Evans leads “Cornie” the intermediate calf
she plans to show this summer.
Middle Atlantic Milk Marketing region, the trend
has been less of a decrease in consumption,
something which area dairy farmers can be
proud of.
Sure, in the last few months there have been
those “independents" who feel that the nickel
for each hundredweight of milk which is
voluntarily taken out of their milk check for
advertising has done little for their operations.
But their money must have been doing some
good in allowing this region to buck the national
trend in decreasing consumption.
Although many people dairy farmers have
voiced strong opinions against the “milk is a
natural” campaign which they find too
unoriginal, may m the long run be hurting
themselves as the advertising campaign has
proven successful according to dairy authorities.
Perhaps to many,.it may not seem to be the
best approach; yet, it has been effective in
helping to curb the “consumption blues."
I'm sure there will always be controversies in
the dairy business and yet everyone concerned
has a common tie - making sure consumers buy
their product. If that cannot be the tie that binds
we may soon find ourselves having the "real
thing” on our cereal for breakfast.