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82—Lancaster Farming, Saturday, August 15,1981
The cap that FFA 9 ers & 4-H’ers look for
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BY DICK ANGLESTEIN
LANCASTER Every FFA and
4-H member with a hog project
looks for a familiar cap when he or
she guides a market hog into sales
arenas throughout southeastern
The cap is a familiar red, white
and blue one with a smiling pig on
the front sporting a puffy chef’s
When the youngster spies the
cap, he or she knows that the ef
forts of the past few months have
not been in vain. All that attention
to feeding and the extra exercise
during the past week or so are
about to be rewarded.
For the man beneath the brightly
colored cap buys some of the
highest priced pork around. When
the bidding is finished, he can end
up paying anywhere from eight to
50 times the going market price for
The man m the familiar cap is
Jerry Clemens, livestock buyer
for Hatfield Packing Company.
For the past decade or so, he has
been personally involved in the
Hatfield program of supporting
prospective budding new hog
operators through buying their
project hogs at various area FFA
and 4-H sales.
And the Hatfield support of farm
youngsters pre-dates his in
volvement, going back at least 15
or 18 years.
In a year’s tune, Hatfield may
buy anywhere from 500 to 1,000
project hogs across a 16-county
area m the state,
“Sure, it costs a lot of money,”
- Clemens admits.
“But it’s a very worthwhile
“It’s our way of trying to keep
the mterest alive among farm
youth in an industry that is con
stantly feelings all kinds of
pressures, such as from housing
And Hatfield’s support is
“We just don’t go for the
Robinson gets promotion
BETHEL James A. (Jay)
Robinson of Concrete Safety
Systems, Bethel, Pa., has been
promoted to the position of Vice
President/General Manager of
Operations. The appointment was
announced by Donald R. Tharpe,
President of Concrete Safety
Robinson’s responsibilities will
include development of marketing
strategies, sales programs,
promotion through advertising and
trade shows, and quality control.
Concrete Safety Systems offers
precast concrete products for
highway, farm, commercial and
home use. Products include the
EASI-SET Safety Barrier and
Utility Building and a line of Smith
Cattleguard Company farm
products featuring cattleguards,
automatic freeze-proof stock
waterers, and centerline and
fencehne feed bunks.
champion,” Clemens said.
“After all that’s only one
youngster. We support the entire
For example, Hatfield pur
chased 90 of 162 head at the recent
Lancaster County FFA Market
Hog Show and Sale, including the
grand and reserve champion.
In Berks County, Hatfield bought
65 of 110 head.
In a busy week, Clemens or
someone else in the company can
be at five or six youth sales.
They might be somewhere in one
of the following counties in which
Hatfield buys youth hogs: Bucks,
Montgomery, Lancaster, Cum
berland, Dauphin, Lebanon,
Berks, Lehigh, Lycoming, Juniata,
Blair, Bedford, Chester, Delaware,
Franklin, York and Mifflin. Also,
there’s the Delaware State Fair,
the Pennsylvania State Farm
Show and a couple of shows in the
Finger Lakes region of New York
“These youngsters are the future
pork producers in the state,”
“After all, we buy 60 to 65 per
cent of all our animals out of
“More than once. I’ve gotten a
call from someone who explains
we bought his FFA hog a couple of
years ago and now he wants to
know if we’re interested m some of
his market hogs.”
Thus, Hatfield helps play a role
in that big transition from a school
livestock project to commercial
But Clemens has one touchy
point concerning youth sale ac
Why does the baby beef get all
the spotlight and glory at places
like the State Farm Show.
“Last year, the grand champion
hog went for $19.50 a pound,”
Clemens points out.
“When we’re paying prices like
that, you’re talking 40 to 50 times
the animal’s market value.
Robinson, a graduate of
Southern Connecticut State
College, has had 12 years ex
perience in marketing and sales
This is a familiar sight throughout grand champion of the Lancaster County FFA
southeastern Pennsylvania. Jerry Clemens, Market Hog Show and Sale, which was shown
livestock buyer for Hatfield Packing Company, py Chris Herr, of Narvon.
just finished paying $4.45 a poi
“And what does the champion
baby beef end up bringing?
“Probably only about 10 tunes
“But, you never hear much
about the hog.”
Clemens recalls that it was back
in the Bicentennial Year of 1976
that prices really started
escalating at the Farm Show for
the champion hog.
“I remember it was the hog
shown by Steve Strauss, who now
works in at the Lancaster
Stockyards,” Clemens said.
“When I called back to Hatfield
and told them I paid $lO a pound.
I’m sure a few executive eyebrows
And the price has been climbing
ever smce and hit the $19.50 level
this past show.
Yes, FFA’ers and 4-H’ers look
for that smiling pig cap above the
poker-faced bidder at their sales.
There’s only one thing, they look
forward to more.
That’s some familiar words of
the auctioneer that are music to
Such as those recently at Lan
caster that delighted Chris Herr, of
“Sold. Hatfield. $4.45.”
Or, those heard by Nelson Beam
“Sold. Hatfield. $4.30.”
NAB forms Embryonics unit
BERRYVILLE, Va. - Tim
Schofield, president of North
American Breeders, Inc.,
Berryville, Va. has announced the
formation of North American
Embryonics, Inc. as a service to
the livestock industry to assist
cattle breeders in their overall
promotion. He spent three years
with Chase Precast in North
Brookfield, Ma., before moving to
the Smith Cattleguard Company in
Midland, Va., m 1977 as lead
salesman for highway and utility
products. He is one of four foun
ders of Concrete Safety Systems in
Bethel, Pa., and has served as Vice
President/Sales since the com
pany was founded in April, 1979.
Robinson lives in Lititz with his
wife Joy and their two children.
Jerry Clemens, of Hatfield, usually can be found In the front
row of sales arena at 4-H, FFA and regular hog sales.
On staff at North American Service over the past few years
Embryonics, Inc. is Todd P Dennis hoids a bachelor of science
Van Dyke, VMD, who has been degree in agriculture from the
associated with North American University of Delaware.
Breeders, Inc., for the past year. North American Embryonics
Dr. Van Dyke, a graduate of the offers on-farm flushing, a resident
University of Pennsylvania, has donor program, transfer in client’s
been associated with the cattle recipients and reproduction
business for the past 10 years.
Joining with Dr. Van Dyke is Dr. Van Dyke resides in Win-
Dennis Byrne who worked in the Chester, Va. Dennis and his wife
Embryo transfer program at Dottie, are now residing in
Pennsylvania Embryo Transfer Berryville, Va.