Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, August 02, 1980, Image 1

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    VOL. 25 No. m
About 400 members of dairy farm families attended the Lancaster County
Holstein Club field day Thursday. The cow judging contest was one of the day's
Holly given time
to submit plans
Holly Milk Producers
Cooperative was given 15
additional days to file a
complete facility permit
application with the
Department of En
vironmental Resources,
Bureau of Water Quality,
according to a department
This permit application
was originally scheduled to
be filed no later than August
1 as called for by the
February 29 Consent Order
and Agreement.
According to Lee Yohn,
Compliance Specialist,
Bureau of Water Quality
Management, Harrisburg
Regional Office, the milk
cooperative submitted their
application on Friday, July
25. However it was in
“There were several items
lacking, but the major thing
missing was the Pollution
Incident Prevention Plan.
We’ve given them 15 days to
get the completed ap
plication to us,” said Yohn.
Mushroom meeting spawns
ideas , but little action
Staff Correspondent
last five years there has
been a sixty-seven per cent
increase in mushroom
imports”, Alden Hopkins,
Delaware’s Secretary of
Agriculture said. “The fresh
market for mushrooms is not
elastic enough to absorb
such an increase.”
Hopkins was addressing a
group of mushroom growers
Tuesday evening during a
meeting sponsored by the
Chester County Farmers
Under the stipulations of
the February ruling, Holly
agreed to meet effluent
criteria established under
the state’s Department of
Environmental Resources
discharge permit.
Since that time, Holly has
been required to submit
monthly progress reports on
plans to upgrade their
treatment plant.
In March, the preliminary
engineering plans were due,
said Yohn.
On Wednesday of this
week, Ivo V. Otto, director of
the Cooperative, said
everything for the permit
was in order.
When asked about the
recent reports that the
treatment plant was not
functioning properly and
was allowing some effluent
to discharge into Mountain
Creek, the director stated
that this was “erroneous
“The discharges are
pretty well meeting the
requirements,” he said.
“Somedays we’re under
Union at the Silver Springs
Restaurant, here.
Hopkins said that “Twelve
domestic firms once han
dling mushrooms in 1974
have now disappeared.”
The second concern of the
industry which Hopkins
voiced was the many
chemical substances
prohibited in the U.S. which
are thought to be m use in
foreign countries, including
DDT. “We have no
knowledge of the chemicals
used in growing mushrooms
Lancaster Farming, Saturday, August 2,1980
them, and sometimes we’re
DER’s Yohn, however,
pointed out that in the month
of March the cooperative
was penalized $4OOO for ef
fluent violations. The
penalities were levied at $250
for each day the effluent was
m excess of the limitations.
Monitoring the discharge
is done both by the
Cooperative and DER. Yohn
stated the limitations for
Holly are 18 milligrams per
liter for Biochemical Oxygen
(Turn to Page A 33)
Herr shows grand champion hog
Herr, Narvon, showed this
year’s grand champion hog
at the 18th Annual Lancaster
County FFA Market Hog
Show, held Thursday at the
Lancaster Union
in the foreign countries,” he
Dr. Robert Tetrault, an
entymologist from Penn
State, explained problems of
finding insecticides which
are effective in the
mushroom industry,
collecting data on residue
and other side effects, and
then getting these chemicals
approved, registered and
used by growers.
Local growers at the
meeting expressed a third
concern, the lack of
(Turn to Page A 25)
Red Rose Holsteins
hold annual field day
perfect score in the judging
contest and an update on
embryo transplants from a
local veterinarian
highlighted the Lancaster
Holstein Field day held
Thursday - near
John Cope, Grantham,
manager of Ashcombe’s
Dairy,,scored a perfect 150
points in placing three
classes of cows m the annual
judging contest.
Dr. Alan McCauley of Em-
Tran, Embryo Transfer,
Inc., told dairymen the
embryo transfer system has
been perfected to a point
where a healthy donor cow
Jias an 83 percent chance of
producing a pregnancy.
Dr. McCauley addressed a
group of about 400 dairymen
and their families attending
the annual meeting held this
year at the Robert H.
Kauffman family’s Penn
Springs Farms, R 1
Dr. McCauley said a
healthy donor cow will give
six to seven eggs at a
flushing, although the range
of egg production ranges
from zero to 34 eggs.
At Lancaster FFA Show
The 225 pound Duroc was
the champion hog in its
weight class and the mid
dleweight champ before
being selected by Judge
Henry Gruber of A & B
Packing as the best hog in
the show.
Herr, who will be at-'
tending Penn State in the
Fall as an agicultural
engineering student, pur
chased the hog at the Lan
caster Swine Producers Sale
earlier this Spring. It was
out of the pen of pigs shown
and sold by Clyde Mc-
Conaughy, Smicksburg.
In his four years of
showing hogs here in Lan
caster, Herr said this is his
first grand championship.
He smiled as he recalled his
first year of showing when
he took home the reserve
champion honors. In the
interim, he said, he has
always done well, but not
enough for a championship.
What made the difference
this year 7 Herr said he just
made sure his hog had “a lot
of exercise and enough
feed.” He added that he
With the 85 percent suc
cess ratio on breeding, Dr.
McCauley said farmers
could expect about four
pregnancies from a flushing.
He recommended farmers
use mature cows, not virgin
heifers or first calf heifers as
donors for flushing.
“There should be no risk
from flushing a donor cow,”
he told the group, although
there may be a temporary
loss of 10 to 15 percent in
milk production.
Em-Tran has been in
volved in over 2000
pregnancies. Dr. McCauley
said best results come with a
superior cow who is
reproductively sound and
In This Issue
SECTION A: Editorials, 10; Letters to editor, 22;
Shippensburg Holstein Show, 30; York Holstein field
day, 38; Lebanon Holstein day, 41; York dairy exhibit,
SECTION B: State ag census, 2; Lancaster ag
census, 3; Lancaster 4-H horse roundup, 4; Ask VMD,
6; Lycoming fair, 7; Berks Holstein picnic, 14.
SECTION C: Homestead notes, 2; Joyce Bupp, 5;
Home on Range, 6; Berks DHIA, 19; 1980 Summer Sire
Summary, 22; York-Adams Guernseys, 28; Lebanon
fair open, 29; Troy fair, 33; Sheep study, 35; Fruit
outlook, 38.
weighed it pretty often,
especially the last two weeks
before the show
Herr sold his grand
champion to Hatfield
Packing for $3.30 a pound.
The reserve grand
champion hog was exhibited
by Shawn Charles, from
Penn Manor FFA. The
Duroc x Hampshire
crossbred weighed 205
August proclaimed
county poultry month
MAYTOWN August has
been proclamed Poultry
Month by the Lancaster
County Commissioners.
The commissioners signed
the proclamation at their
last July meeting and on
Tuesday toured the egg
production facility owned by
the John H. Hershey family,
R 1 Marietta.
The commissioners noted
$7.50 Per Year
has showed she can throw
good dairy traits.
Farmers had the op
portunity to look at a number
of sound cows during the
morning cow judging
First place m the men’s
division and overall high
score was turned in by John
Cope, president of the State
Holstein Association.
Second place went to Rick
Hess, Strasburg; third,
Robert Pepple, Oxford, who
obviously was in close
agreement with the show
judge his wife, Jane;
fourth place went to Lloyd
Sensenig, Quarryville; and
(Turn to Page A 26)
Charles’ hog was the
champion lightweight hog
and its class champion. It too
was purchased by Hatfield
Packing for $1.60 per pound.
Charles also exhibited the
open champion market hog
and the reserve champion in
the middleweight class,
while Herr exhibited the
reserve champion in the
heavyweight class. The
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Lancaster County ranks first
in Pennsylvania m number
of laying hens and broilers,
and fifth in the nation in
In addition, the
proclamation said, the
county poultry business
provides nourishment for
over three million people to
the tune of $lOO million.
(Turn to Pace A2B)