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but we couldn’t see where it fit for
our operation,” explains Hostetter.
“You need a certain cash flow to
keep operating, and when you’re
set up for a certain size you just
have to stay at that level.”
Hostetter does believe in full
involvement in the dairy industry.
And his participation in several
cooperatives, such as Inter-State
Milk Producers’, Agway, and Sire
Power, is evidence of that. He
serves as president of the
Lewistown local of Inter-State.
Inter-State has a quality
premium program for clean milk,
and because of his consistently low
somatic cell count, Hostetter has
missed the quality premium only
once this year.
Hostetter feels his breeding
program is not all that unique.
“Like everybody, I’m breeding for
better udders, and better feet and
legs,” he says. But he keeps an eye
on test as well, to keep that herd
average at or above four percent.
They’ve had a few excellent
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cows in the herd, and there are
some very good animals milking
well for them now. A few years
ago they seemed to have a run on
heifer calves and so the Hostetters
were selling quite a bit of breeding
stock. They’ve had heifers ex
ported to Europe as well.
Along with good management of
the cows goes good management of
the soil. Building a manure pit
about five years ago fit in with
more than one of the Hostetter
priorities - saving labor and
saving the land and water.
“I figure I save at least an hour
each day by not having to haul
manure,” says Hostetter. They
clean out the solids from the pit
twice a year, applying the manure
to the fields at the time that it is
best for the crops and the soil, and
when there will be the least loss of
nutrients in run-off.
When designing and building the
manure storage facility, Hostetter
chose to put a ten-by-ten picket
dam in one comer. The liquid that
collects in it, which has a lot of
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nutrients, is pumped out onto the
pastures around the farm
buildings. The dry cows have
access to the most pasture, and
Hostetler noted that the grass in
the pastures has really been lush
since they’ve had the manure pit.
Other conservation practices
that Hostetler was cited for in the
national soil and water con
servation awards program were
strip and contour farming, winter
cover crops, diversion terraces,
grass waterways, and tile drains.
He believes no-till planting is a
sound conservation measure, and
he has been very pleased with the
yields from his no-till com and
Just last spring Hostetter pur
chased a no-till seeder, only the
second one that he knows of in
Mifflin County. The alfalfa that he
sowed no-till gave him a better
stand than that planted by con
Hostetter also plants about three
quarters of his com no-till. He
explained that he likes to double
crop, planting corn right in the
alfalfa after taking off the first
cutting. His yields in these com
fields have been really good.
“The way I see it,” states
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Hostetter, “Farmers need to
voluntarily conserve our resources
before the regulations are passed,
before you have to get a permit to
even plow your fields. ”
And the other point that
Hostetter makes is that con
servation actually pays, such as in
savings of fuel and fertilizer.
When it comes down to it, run-off of
fertilizers is a loss for everyone.
When asked whether he had a
York Holstein Assn, to meet
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marketing and promotion will be
the focus of the annual York
County Holstein Association
meeting, scheduled for Wed
nesday, Oct. 24, at Blymire’s
Church Hall on Blymire Road.
Dinner will proceed the annual
business meeting and election of
new directors to the county board.
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greater love for crop farming or
dairying, Hostetter firmly replied
that he was committed to both.
“The whole thing is a challenge,
and I like to make it go, to run a
So with the proper mix of con
servation and innovation in his
dairy operation, Hostetter does
“make it go,” and he enjoys the
challenge and responsibility of it
Cost of dinner tickets are $7 for
adults and $4 for children. Tickets
are available from banquet
chairman Charles Rauhauser, 292-
1782, president Rodney Smyser,
792-2788, county club directors or
the Extension office, 757-9657.
Reservations deadline for the
annual Holstein dinner is Oct. 15.
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