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Vol. 38 NO. 43
Association Believes Wool Act Must Continue For Sheep Producers To Survive
Lancaster Fanning Staff
KEMPTON (Berks Co.)
Sheep producers could find them
selves out of business if U.S. sena
tors and representatives are suc
cessful in eliminating or drastical
ly restructuring the National Wool
Act of 1954.
The grand champion in the swine show at the Somerset County Fair is owned by Ju
lian Ickes, age 12. From left is Jill Clites, fair queen runner-up; Vicki Stahl, fair queen;
Matt Fletcher; Howard Henderson. Judge; and Ickes.
Somerset Livestock Winners Named,
Sale Brings In $138,984
Somerset Co. Correspondent
Co.) The gross receipts for the
1993 Somerset County Fair’s
Junior Livestock Sale topped the
1992 sale figures by nearly
$25,000, despite the fact that 38
fewer animals were sold this year.
According to the sale statisti
cian, Doyle Paul, Berlin, the 287
animals grossed $138,984 at this
year’s sale and should prove to
doubtful 4-H’ers andFFA’ers that
it’s still about the best place to sell
their animals.
“We had an excellentsale,” said
Paul. “I’m impressed, especially
when compared to last year,” he
Paul noted that it was the fair
board’s evaluation of the second
year Saturday sale since moving it
from a Friday night event begin
ning last year. Their decision at
the time had been unpopular with
many people.
So when some 50 new buyers
signed up for the 1993 sale, even
though others dropped out, a hefty
increase was netted in the number
of purchasers according to one fair
604 Per Copy
That was the message approxi
mately 7 5 sheep producers from all
sheep-producing states, including
Alaska and Hawaii, took home
from the recent annual summer
meeting of the American Sheep
Industry (ASI) board of directors
in Rapid City, S.D.
According to Pennsylvania
director. And they came from all
over, as far away as Dubois and
parts of Maryland.
Kami Hillegass, Fairhope, had
the top selling lamb with her
home grown champion Suffolk
weighing 130 lbs. It brought a tidy
$1,430 after selling for $ll per lb.
to Bob Bastian of the Somerset
Animal Hospital.
Lindsay Schmuck’s grand
champion Hampshire brought
$7.75 per lb. for a total of $961
from Riverside and BiLo Markets
in Somerset Schmuck is from
Ashland Petroleum, Conflu
ence, paid $lO per lb. for the
reserve grand champion Suffolk
belonging to Luke Svonavec,
Rockwood, for a total of $l,OBO.
In 1992, the champion lambs
both sold for $6.50 a lb. and the
group champion for $1.30. This
year the group champion owned
by Michelle Coddington, sold for
Market lamb sale average with
champions was $1.66 per lb.
Without champs it was $1.50.
Lambs brought a total of $18,138.
Lancaster Farming, Saturday, September 4, I99|g> Q g 03 Four Sections
Sheep and Wool Growers Associa
tion President Joseph R. Vogel, the
problem is that the facts surround
ing the act are not understand by
the news media and the general
Acccording to the ASI, the Act
came into being as a result of a
move to help protect sheep produc-
The market beef sale grossed
$77,589 for 53 steers. Jerry Ferk
o’s grand champion Maine X
weighing 1,315 lbs. was sold to
Bonanza Restaurant, Somerset for
$5.50 per lb. From Central City.
Ferko's check amounted to
Vicky King’s reserve grand
champion was bought by Dolan
Chevrolet. Somerset, who paid
$4.50 per lb. for the Chi-Angus X
and a total of $5,-625.
(Turn to Pag* A 34)
State DHIA Receives Quality Award,
Seeks New General Manager
Managing Editor
Co.) Pennsylvania DHIA has
received another in a series of
excellent quality control ratings for
their testing laboratory, and the
directors have appointed a selec
tion committee that is in the pro
cess of receiving applications for
ers from a flood of wool following
the lowering of trade restrictions
after World War 11. The program,
according to then-U.S. Assistant
Secretary of Agriculture Ross Riz
ley, was set up to be “self
The U.S. was trying at the time
to prevent damaging markets with
the beleaguered economy of Aus
tralia, hit hard by the war. Wool
flooded into the U.S., dropping
domestic prices drastically. Sheep
producers knew they were in trou
ble, so they petitioned Congress.
Congress side-stepped efforts to
set up restrictions, and instead
passed the Act.
Kralls Continue To
Dominate S.E. Hog Derby
Lancaster Fanning Staff
non Co.) In the three years the
Southeast Pennsylvania 4-H
Market Hog Derby has been in
existance, Stacey and Jason Krall
have either entered a champion or
finished within the top three
This year, the brother-sister
team from Cornwall has captured a
one-two dominance of the months
long contest Jason showed the
overall grand champion market
hog and Stacey showed the reserve
grand champion overall.
The son and daughter of Linda
and Glen Krall, who operated a
family dairy farm in the southern
end of Lebanon County, Jason and
Stacey have managed to raise and
show champion market hogs each
year. The first two years, the youth
had raised feeders they purchased
from Kenneth Winebark, county
extension agent who breeds and
raises Hampshires on his Myer
stown farmette.
The Krall siblings have excelled
in the competition with Jason rais
ing the overall champion during
the derby’s first year, Stacy raised
the second year’s overall champ
ion and this year they took champ
ion and reserve champion overall.
Jason|s grand champion overall
was also the grand champion' on
foot, which doesn’t normally have
to happen. It was the reserve
champion carcass animal. It
weighed in at 64 pounds and fin
ished out at 255 pounds with a
ninth place average 1.91 pounds
the position of general manager.
Pennsylvania’s testing laborat
ory has long been recognized as
one of the best in the nation. The
latest rating was 100 points out of a
possible 100 points.
“You go into the rating process
trying to do as good as possible,”
said Jim Garrity, acting general
manager. “But a perfect score is
$19.75 Per Year
The National Wool Act allows
up to 70 percent of the total tariffs
on imported wool and wool pro
ducts to go to the program to pro
vide incentive payments to wool
and mohair producers, according
to ASI. Payment is based on the
percentage needed to bring the
national average market price
received by producers up to the
support price determined annually
by the USDA.
Nearly 70,000 wool producers
receive program payments, rang
ing from very small to very large
operations. It includes payment
caps. Wool Act incentive pay
(Turn to Page A 23)
per day gain, conformation was
rated a 4, carcass weight was 187
pounds, with a 6.24-inch and
.80-inch back fat, rated at 52.48
percent lean. It’s lean gain was
.8304 pounds per day.
Stacy’s reserve champion over
all was the reserve champion live
weight hog. It weighed in at 57
pounds and weighed out at 253
pounds for a 1.96 pounds-per-day
gain. The carcass weighed out to
181 pounds with 1.1-inch back fat,
a 5.91-inch loin eye and a pounds
lean-per-day gain of .6844.
Stacy’s hog carcass was rated at
48.96 percent lean. Both carcasses
were 3114 -inches long.
Good genetics is as important as
the techniques for raising a derby
winner this year, the Kralls
won with purchased feeders from
neighbor Johnny Risser, who has
been raising and breeding market
hogs for several years.
Risser, who had been using
someofhis grandfather’s farmland
which surrounds his parents’
house to breed and raise swine, is a
(Turn to Page A 32)
Office Closed
For Labor Day
Lancaster Farming’s
office will be closed on
Monday, September 6 to
observe Labor Day-. The
advertising and news depart
ments will open for the week
on Tuesday.
very gratifying.”
In mid-July, the board of direc
tors accepted the resignation of
Richard Barth as general manager
of the state organization. Barth had
been general manager for seven
years. Therefore a new general
manager needs to be found and a
committee of board members, one
(Turn to Pag* A 37)