Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, August 28, 1993, Image 1

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vol. 38 NO. 42
Three hundred members of the Lancaster County Holstein Association
ride the Strasburg Railroad In front of Cherry-Crest Farm, Paradise, as part
On Thursday night, Peter Hofflnes paraded his grand
champion market steer, a 1,285-pound Maine Anjou/Angus/
Simmental cross named Tyrone, to a supreme animal
championship at the Elizabethtown Fair.
Judges Select Steer
E-Town Supreme Animal
Lancaster Farming Staff
ter Co.) “I wasn’t expecting
any of this,” said Peter Hoffines,
as he marched his 1,285-pound
champion market steer out of the
Moments before, the 18-year
old son of Bob and Linda Hoffines,
Marietta, was awarded supreme
champion animal of the Elizabeth
town Fair on Thursday evening
with his 1,285-pound Maine
Anjou/Angus/Simmental cross
named Tyrone.
Peter, who will be traveling in
Four Sections
November to help represent the
state in FFA judging competition
at the National FFA Convention,
has won four years in a row at the
fair. But this is his first supreme
animal crown.
Judge Kelley Shearer of the
Pennsylvania Beef Council said
the well-muscled steer “puts
everything together in a real neat
package” and will provide many
“high-priced cuts.”
Peter competed against an array
of grand champion animals at the
contest, including the swine
champion shown by Linda Baum,
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Lancaster Farming, Saturday, August 28. 1993
Lancaster Holstein Breeders
Fellowship At Field Day
Managing Editor
PARADISE (Lancaster
Co.) —The combination of beauti
fully pedigreed registered Hols
teins on a meticulously manicured
farm and a ride on the Strasburg
Railroad that runs 900 feet from the
bam, provided a well-received day
of fellowship at the Lancaster
County Holstein Field Day. After a
train ride in the morning, the coun
Sellers Brothers Share
4-H Swine Roundup
York Co. Correspondent
Let the pigs do the exercising,
rather than the pig project owners.
That’s the philosophy of York
4-H swine exhibitors Adam and
Matt Sellers. And it’s an approach
that apparently works.
The Thomasville brothers
brought their allowable limit of
three pigs each to the county’s
first summer roundup and sale,
and carted off five first places.
Adam. 13. then won the roundup
championship with his 230-pound
purebred Duroc market hog entry,
purchased from White Oaks Farm.
Matt, 17, earned the reserve
champion honors with his
245-pound Duroc-crossbred
entry, bred by Dave Myers,
Hatfield Packing Company
held out as final bidder on the two
top pigs. Bdyer Ezra Good made
the final $2.60 per pound price,
offer on Adam’s champion, and
won the reserve champion bid
of the program for their annual field day held Thursday. Photo by Everett
Newewenger, managing editor.
ty breeders and their families came
back to Jack and Donna Coleman’s
Cherry-Crest Farm to judge three
classes of dairy animals in compe
tion for prizes, had a noon meal
under the trees on the lawn, and lis
tened to several speakers including
Steve Kerr, CEO and executive
secretary of the National Holstein
“I have always looked at the
National Holstein Association as
with a $1.40 per pound nod.
“We keep our pigs on a hilled
pasture,” said Matt of the
brothers’ technique for growing
lean, muscled, judge-pleasing
swine. “The feed is at the top of
the,hill and the shade is at the
bottom. We let them do their own
Adam and Matt are the sons of
Phil and Shirley Sellers, Thomas
ville. Selection of their project
pigs at the beginning of the season
is a joint father-sons effort,
according to Matt
Jason Rankin, on the other
hand, works with a “mud puddle”
The 18-year-old Abbottstown
4-H’er exhibited the champion
pair, a matched set of purebred
Durocs scaling in at 240-and
250-pound weights. His project
hogs are walked regularly, and run
through a sizeable puddle where
they cool down while getting an
additional workout on their
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an organization of people who like
to market animals,” Kerr said.
“Yes, they like to breed animals,
but all dairy farmers in a sense
breed animals. But what really
pulls our people together is the fact
that they like to market genetics in
one fashion or another.
“I try to keep our eyes on what
activities will help our members
market,” Kerr said. “This has a spe
cial meaning as margins on the
farm become tighter. Most Hols-.
tein breeders make plenty of milk,
but they also look at their farm
enterprise and ask where they can
squeeze more out of their opera
tions. Obviously that means selling
Kerr listed various changes in
programs and circumstances at the
National Holstein Association.
They include the new qualified
herd book; new methods of animal
identification; a system in addition
to index numbers to help rate ani
mal pedigrees; additional informa
tion on pedigrees; and new packag
ing for sire summaries and herd
mating programs.
The new qualified herd book
now has 7,000 animals registerd
and is working along side the regis
tered herd book. Kerr said quali
fied animals are now being shown.
Since the “lion’s share” of dairy
animals is the grade population,
hopefully, the qualified registry
will generate a little interest in the
grade cow herds. Canada has a dis
tinction between purebreds and QE
animals but they don’t make a big
deal about it because they want to
sell, animals.
“With the dairy animal popula
tion now down to 10 million and
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$19.75 Per Yeer