Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, September 06, 1980, Image 1

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{(George Rettew, the township engineer, said he
i' the township officials .were being unjustly
tticized for their intent in making the proposed
ming changes now.
Losses top $3O million
Staff Correspondent
(TH Crop losses due
were drought in Lehigh
Northampton counties
! estimated at $31.3
ion by farmers and
eminent officials
ting last week and both
ities have been termed
aster areas” by county
S emergency boards,
itate confirmation of the
Averages up at MD.
State Fair auction
IMONIUM Top prices
individual animals
led behind last year, but
r-all average prices were
siderably improved in
week’s 4-H and FFA
stock sale at the
yland State Fair in
se 4-H hogs page C 22; 4-H
sp page Cl 6; poultry
[mg C3l; parade of
tiers C 23.
larket lambs continued in
it role as favorites with
tiers, going at an average
:e that was almost double
prevailing market price.
! average pnce for 38
&bs was $1.20; last year’s
trage was $1.04.
his year’s grand
flipion'market lamb sold
(3 35 per pound to Acme
frets, Inc., an East Coast
In Lehigh Valley
disaster status in Nor
thampton County is expected
within the week. It has
already been given for
Lehigh County.
The action will allow
farmers to apply for low
interest loans from Farmers
Home Administration and
emergency feed and low
yield programs at ASCS.
Losses in Lehigh County
have been estimated at $l5
supermarket chain. It was a
115-pound Suffolk wether
owned by Jeffrey Hevner, 14,
of Keymar (Frederick
county). Jeff also had the
grand champion lamb at the
state fair in 1975, 1978 and
Gary Ruby of Hampstead
(Carroll county) sold his
reserve champion market
lamb for $2.10 to Franklin E.
Feeser of Taneytown, a
Carroll county swine
breeder. Like the champion,
it was a 115-pound wether.
Last year, Gary’s brother,
Mike Ruby, also had the
reserve champion lamb.
That one brought $2 per
As usual, the last lamb in
the sale order sold well
above the sale average. That
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Lancaster Farming. Saturday. September 6,1980
Fanners and ag reps jam
Pequea zoning meeting
Nearly 100 farmers and
residents of Peguea
Township (Lancaster
County) packed the
Township Building Thursday
evening to protest the
proposed zoning changes at
the first Pequea Planning
Commission hearing on the
Township Solicitor,
Charles B. Grove Jr., opened
the discussion with an ad
mission that “several
statements should never
have gotten in there to start
With a standing room only
crowd, and some resourceful
farmers toting their own
, lawn chairs, the proposed
changes were reviewed
briefly item by item with the
flood plain proposals and all
others not pertaining to
agriculture receiving little
' comment. The agricultural
million and in Northampton
at $16.3 million. In Nor
thampton worst hit was the
potato crop recording an 85
percent loss with a value of
$1,713,600. The largest dollar
loss was corn. Officials
esimate $10,034,280 will be
lost on 48,900 acres. Eighty
percent of the soybean crop
and 60 per cent of the alfalfa
and hay crops have also been
The drought has been
called the worst in at least 15
years. Rainfall since April is
6 to 7 inches below normal.
August precipitation was the
lowest since 1916.
The emergency board
estimated more than 200
farmers will apply for
FmHA loans totaling $4
million and another $1.5
million will be paid through
“Most farmers will hold
off,” said Michael Angerson
of FmHA “They don’t want
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In this Issue
.SECTION A: Editorial, 10; Fibreglass Charolais, 15;
Legislative roundup, 22; Lancaster County Com
missioners peep, 23; Quarter horse winner, 24; York
chemical dump fight, 28.
SECTION B: South Mountain Fair, 2; Classifieds, 7.
SECTION C: French ag student, 2; Joyce Bupp, 4;
Home on the Range, 6; Com hybrids or sports cars, 14;
Upper Susquehanna DHIA, 28; Ask VMD, 32; Wild
mustangs, 38.
SECTION D: Bradford DHIA, 8; Franklin DHIA, 12;
Adams DHIA, 14; She’s happy with hogs, 20.
proposals, however, were
hotly debated.
Amos H. Funk, chairman
of the county ag preser
vation board said, “You put
everything in the ag district
that you didn’t have any
other use for.” Funk was
referring to permitted uses
in the agricultural district
which include campgrounds,
mobile home parks, airports
and many others, and he also
was referring to the land
which was designated in the
proposal as an ag district.
Attorney for the farmers
“AJK”, the 160 pound Holstein caff, towers over her barn buddy who was
born about the same time. Park Myers, salesman for Melvin Kolb, Lancaster,
says he believes this is a record calf for the area perhaps the U.S.
Labor Day calf tips
scales at 160 lbs.
Day lived up to its name for
a Holstein cow named Rowe-
Spring Jenny Lou. The good
plus daughter of Selling
Rockman gave birth early
that holiday morning to a
calf that tipped the scales at
160 pounds.
Giving birth to a calf that
present was James H.
Thomas who said, “Our
point is quite simple. We ask
that you defer action on this
zoning ordinance.” Thomas
said that the law requires
that zoning regulations be
formulated in accordance
with a comprehensive plan
and that Pequea Township’s
comprehensive plan is badly
Thomas said that the
planning commission must
grapple with the problems of
establishing ag districts and
maintaining them. He said it
size was no piece of cake for
the four-year-old cow. Ac
cording to Park Myers,
salesman for the cow’s
owner Melvin Xolb, he had to
pull the calf.
“When I reached up inside
of her, I knew she was going
to need some help. With the
size of that calf s feet, I just
knew it was going to be an
enormous bull calf.”
Through the whole ordeal,
‘Jenny Lou' managed to stay
on her feet, Myers boasted. “
She didn’t pinch a nerve or
go down afterwards, either,”
he added. He noted most
cows have problems with
calves weighing in the 100
pound range.
To everyone’s surprise,
‘Jenny Lou’ gave birth to a
healthy heifer calf. Her
proud papa is Atlantic
Breeders Cooperative’s
Proud Performer.
'er Year
appeared that the township
had taken all the leftover
land and colored it green
(for the ag district). He said
that the proposals may
preserve farmland but get
rid of agriculture in the
Thomas noted areas in the
proposals where the wording
simply went too far and
changes could be made
simply by deleting the of
fensive verbage, but he left
no doubt that he and the
farmers present are in favor
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The calf, who was just a bit
shaky on her legs
(veterinarians said her
muscles weren’t quite strong
enough to support all that
weight at first), was named
after Melvin Kolb’s wife
Alma Jean Kolb her
birthday was celebrated on
Monday, also. Myers was
quick to point out that Alma,
however, never weighed 160
pounds in her life.
AJK became an overnight
celebrity, blinking her soft
bovine eyes at the bright
television camera lights, and
seeing stars after the news
pa par reporters popped off
several frames of the calf.
She even posed for pictures
taken by visitors from other
countries before she- was
sold at the Thursday evening
Her new owner is John M.
Lefever, Lancaster.