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VOL 26 No. 38
Gov. Thornburgh pins a “You’ve Got a
Friend in Pa.” button on the coveralls of Ross
Snider, who is proudly being held by Grandpa
Obie Snider, of Imler, Bedford Coppfy ? , Th«
Governor visits ‘country 9
IMLER Twenty-month-old
Ross Thomas Snider, of Imler,
Bedford County, has a fnend in
He has a bright red and white
button to prove it.
And what’s more the friend who
gave it to turn Thursday night is a
special one.
Ross’ fnend is Gov. Dick
Thornburgh, who visited Grandpa
Obie Snider’s dairy farm nestled in
a lush mountain valley about 10
miles north of Bedford.
The governor’s visit to Singing
Brook Farm, well known in
Holstein breeding circles
throughout the state and beyond,
was part of a three-day tnp to the
“country,” which combined some
tourist promotion and first-person
meetings with farmers and
agricultural groups.
After stops at Chaxnbersburg
and Old Bedford Village earlier in
the day for speaking engagements -
and “pressing the flesh,”
Governor Thornburgh, ac
companied by Secretary of
Agriculture Penrose Hallowed,
pulled up the long lane to the large
Holstein breeders learn the do’s and don’ts about marketing
their cattle...A34.
Apiarists had something to buzz about last week at the Tn-
County Beekeepers meeting A 22.
Forty-three dairy princesses make quite a royal
The latest m jewelry and hats for cows—will it start a trend 7
See page Cl 6.
governor visited the Sniders’ Singing Brook
Farm on Thursday night to meet and talk with
farm leaders from Bedford and surrounding
farmstead nestled among some
1100 cultivated and wooded acres
to begin a whirlwind stopover,
which included a walk-through
tour, steak barbecue and an op
portunity to talk with farm leaders
from Bedford and surrounding
/ A special cow was brought out to
be introduced to the governor and
Editorials, A 10; Now is the tune,
A 10; Ask the VMD, B 7; Ida’s Note
book, C 4; Joyce Bupp’s column,
C 5; Ladies have you heard’, C 9;
Farm Talk, D 4; That’s a Good
Question, D 9.
Homestead Notes, C 2; Home
on the Range, C 6; Farm Women
Societies, C 7; Kid’s Korner, Cl 2;
4-H, CIS; FFA, C2l; National
Berkshire Queen, C 23.
Sun area dairy princess, CIO;
Dairy couple earns trip, C3l; Brad
ford DHIA, Dll; Huntingdon
DHIA,DI7; Adams DHIA, D2O.
Lancaster Fanning, Saturday, July 15,19tl
secretary at the start of the tour.
She’s Singing Brook Astro Betty,
a four-year-old being consigned by
the Sniders to the Penn State Ag
Arena Fund Raising Sale
scheduled at the Farm Show
Building on December 11.
“She produced 20,000 pounds as a
three-year-old,” Snider explained.
“Her dam was the all-
Pennsylvania aged cow two years
ago at the State Holstein Show.”
“How much do you think she’ll
bring?” the governor asked.
“I’m going to open the bidding at
ten thousand,” Hallowell quipped.
Betty’s dam is Singing Brook BT
Betsy, who also took first in owned
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Suffolk ram breaks record, brings $6 grand
Richard Eberts, Newville, left, gazes proudly at his newly
. acquired $6,000 Suffolk ram lamb. Eberts purchased the ram
from Alan Culham, Dansville, Michigan, during the 33rd
Keystone Stud Ram and Ewe Safe held at the Farm Show
Complex last Saturday. See show results, A 34.
Maryland co-op
considers merger
spokesperson for the Maryland
Cooperative Milk Producers an
nounced Thursday, that the co-op
is considering a possible merger
with Dairymen Incorporated, a
largefSoutheasten cooperative.
At the MCMP annual meeting
last year, members commissioned
the board to look mto a con
solidation with several
“After extensive study, the
Board and management feel that
Dairymen Inc. is the best alter
native when considering the long
range welfare of our dairy farmer
members,” said MCMP business
manager, E.L. Strock.
“Dairymen Inc.,” explained
Strock, “is a progressive
organization which carries with it
a strong Class 1 marketing plan.”
The large co-op, which currently
has some 6800 members, markets
a great deal of its milk in an area of
increasing population the
nation’s Sunbelt, said MCMP
Public Relations Director Susie
Richburg. ,
Richburg explained the possible
merger would be actually a pur
chase. She said if approved.
Dairymen Inc. would purchase
MCMP’s assets and the Maryland
co-op and its 1200 members would
become the Middle Atlantic
Division of Dairymen Inc.
Therefore, Richburg said, the
move technically would be a
purchase and not a merger. -
“Historically, mergers have
been brought about by
organizations m financial dif
ficulty. This is not the case.”
She strongly pointed out that
both organizations are on “firm
financial footing.”
In addition to the larger co-op’s
financial strength, Richburg said,
corporate marketing expertise and
$7.50 Per Year
innovative marketing activities
played a large part in selection.
One such innovative move is the
upcoming Dairymen Inc. Ultra
High Temperature plant The
manufacturing of UHT (sterile)
milk will allow the co-op to market
The large co-op has also
established a cull cow program to
eliminate surplus milk. The
Management Efficiency program,
removes cull cows from the
market and consequently creates a
more stable market by not flooding
it, explained Richburg.
MCMP is presently conducting
local “shade tree” meetings.
Members are provided with the
consolidation details, slide
presentations and may elect to
vote at that time.
District 7 director, Emory
Kilgore, York County, conducted a
local meeting Wednesday night
and found the member response
quite positive.
He said he felt the consolidation
ease the financial burden on
individual members by spreading
cgj* out over a larger number o£
Following the local meetings,
MCMP {dans to move the formal
district meetings to August rather
than October said Ricbburg. The
entire coop is expected to vote on
the proposal at a special meeting
on August 24 at the Hunt Valley
Inn. Hichburg explained that a
two-thirds yes vote is necessary to
pass the measure.
If passed, she said she doesn’t
anticipate a cumbersome Iran-,
sition process due to the larger co
op’s centralized policy which
allows for local division policy
“There will not be a lot of head
chopping. It will be a smooth
junior ram lamb created quite a
stir at last Saturday’s Keystone
Stud Ram and Ewe Sale, held here
at the Farm Show Complex. This
Suffolk ram, consigned by 25-year
old Alan Culham of Dansville,
Michigan, topped the sale and set a
record by bringing a grand price of
To bring that kind of price, the
ram must have , been the grand
champion Suffolk —right?
Surprisingly, show judges Ron
Guenther of Columbus, Ohio and
Rolhe Rosenboom of Clifton,
Illinois didn’t see it that way. They
placed this junior lamb in third
position right behind the grand
and reserve grand champs who
fetched price tags of $350 and $425
Sired by Quasar MSU 79-50 out of
A&B Culham 293, this ram lamb
caught the eye of E. Richard
Eberts, R 1 Newville and a
mysterious' contending bidder who
disappeared mto the crowd soon
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