Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, April 07, 1984, Image 1

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VOL 29 No. 23
Group issues goal
as PRY cases increase
LANCASTER As new cases of
pseudorabies continue to be
confirmed, a producer-industry
group in the heart of the disease
area has issued a statement of
policy directed toward attaining
indemnification for operations
where depopulation is mandated
by the state.
The number of currently con
firmed cases now stands at 23 - 13
breeding Jierds and 10 finishing
operations - according to Dr. John
Cable, of the Bureau of Animal
Industry, Pennsylvania Depart
ment of Agriculture.
This marks a significant recent
increase in the number of
quarantined herds. A couple of
months ago, the number of
quarantined breeding herds was
down to five and only three
finishing operations were listed as
still positive.
In addition to the increase in the
number of PRV cases, some of the
more recent confirmations have
involved rather large breeding
operations composed of some 600
and 350 sows.
Parallel with the continuing
PRV pattern - primarily in the
Manheim-Ephrata area of ILan
caster County - a special com
mittee of producers and industry
Displaying an aerial photo of their farm are the Lancaster County Outstanding
Cooperator winners, from left, Scott and Vickie Kreider, Allen and Betty Kreider, Sam
and Jean Kreider, and Herb and Darlene Kreider.
Lancaster honors conservation leaders
county, state and federal con
servation employees and guests
gathered Thursday nignt at the
Harvest Drive Restaurant, In
tercourse, to pay tribute to Lan
caster County’s outstanding
With the theme “Conservation is
Everyone’s Concern,” the 33rd
annual meeting sponsored by the
Lancaster County Conservation
District was held to honor those
Six Sections
personnel has been meeting to
form a concensus of the direction
in which eradication efforts should
Included in the recent meetings
of the Special PRV Committee of
the Lancaster-Chester County
Swine Producers Association has
been a session this week with
representatives of the Bureau of
Animal Industry, which is
directing the eradication and
depopulation program that does
not include provision for in
Members of the committee, who
have issued the following
statement, include Bill Fisher,
president of the association,
producers John Henkel, Strasburg,
and Mark Nestleroth, Manheim;
industry representatives Ray
Lehr, Pennfield Feeds, and John
Chapman, White Oak Mills; and
Chet Hughes, Lancaster County
livestock agent.
Their statement:
“The PRV Committee of the
DsflOliterChester County Swine
Assn, supports the
PWflClJJle .of PRV eradication
providing that there is an adequate
indemnification program and
adequate funds to continue support
of the present program.
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who have participated in con
servation sponsored programs.
Named were the outstanding
cooperator and service winners,
the storm water management
recipient and the conservation
service award winner.
The outstanding cooperator
award was presented to S. & A.
Kreider & Sons Inc., R 1
Quarryville. The Kreiders, since
1950, have partcipated in on-farm
conservation practices with the
conservation district. They have
Lancaster Farming, Saturday, April 7,1984
Potpourri of spring dairy events held
The spring dairy show, sale and meeting season was in full swing last weekend. The
above photo collage shows Sam Yoder, Berks County, judging a-class of Red and Whites
at Harrisburg. One of the highlights of the Pa. Jersey Cattle Club annual meeting at
Bedford was the crowning of a new queen, which saw older sister Patty Dreisbach, R 3
Hamburg, pass the crown to younger sister, Carol. And, top seller in the Pa. Holstein
State Calf Sale was a Valiant daughter at $6lOO.
installed sod waterways, terraces,
pipe outlet terraces, contour strips
and an earthen ag waste pit.
Brothers Sam and Allen Kreider
and their sons Herb and Scott,
respectively, are members of the
corporation. They own and operate
a 200-cow dairy farm on 435 acres
of land. (Please see related story
“Conservation practices control
soil erosion, water” which appears
in Section A)
As the outstanding cooperators,
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Jersey Coronation
A 20
Red & White Show
A 22
Pa. State Calf Sale
A 31
Avian flu devestates
family hatcheries
(Editor’s Note: Family-operated
specialty hatcheries are one
example of an allied industry that
has been caught up in the
devestating aftermath of the Avian
flu outbreak. Even though they
have not contracted the disease,
their business has been brought to
a standstill by the quarantine
restrictions. The following story
and editorial comments on AlO
take a look at this phase of the
Staff Correspondent
BRODBECKS - “We’d be better
off if we had the Avian flu,” sighs
Emma Case, frustration edging
her voice.
Emma Case, her husband Allan,
and their six children own and
operate Case Farm Hatchery at R 1
Nestled in the hills of south
western York County, the Case
farm is home year-round for
several thousand breeding
chickens, ducks, geese and small
flocks of exotics like peafowl and
For the past 15 years, March
through June at the Case
household has meant a rush of
weekly hatches, packing, selling
and shipping out truckloads of tiny
peeping chicks, destined to fill
orders placed by customers from
up and down the East Coast.
$7.50 per Year
Mondays are especially hectic.
That’s when the usually-quiet
incubators come alive with the
sound of tiny bodies pecking their
way from the silent safety of an
eggshell home.
Throughout the sprawling
hatcher building, Mondays come
alive with boxes of fluffy, bright
eyed chicks, ducklings, goslings
m shades of yellow, tan, buff,
black. Baskets and baskets of
brown and white fertile eggs wait
to fill the incubator shelves to
continue the spring cycle.
But most of these peeping
chicks, this year, are meeting with
death just a few brief days after
pecking their way to life, victims of
the Avian flu epidemic that con
tinues to shadow the southcentral
Pennsylvania poultry industry.
For the Case family, Avian flu is
a disaster, even though not a single
one of their birds has shown any
signs of contracting the
devastating disease.
Since November, when the
quarantine already then in place
over Lancaster County was ex
panded to include several counties
west of the Susquehanna River, the
hatchery has been limited lO
selling only within the quarantine
"In the past, we’ve just
pleased to have customs
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