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Mtuncatur Faming, Saturday, Oclobar 30, 1993
LOU ANN GOOD
Lancaster Fanning Staff
WILLOW VALLEY (Lancas
ter Co.) “Seize the moment,"
Mike Harrold advised the 460 per
sons attending the annual Lancas
ter County Poultry Association
banquet on Tuesday night at Wil
low Valley Convention Center.
Harrold, outgoing president of
the Association, encouraged mem
bers to work together in product
“If you lake one single pencil, it
is easy to break, but put a bunch
together it’s like a lot of people
working for a common good and
it’s hard to whip,” he said.
. Guy Martin, vice president of the Lancaster County Poultry Association presents ba ch
Bob Armstrong Heads Lancaster County Poultry Association
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Armstrong said, ‘The big boys (in
poultry) were not that big that they
needed to hire a full-time worker
and I couldn’t afford a place of my
Armstrong spent his next years
working for Frey’s Turkey Hill
Dairy. Although he liked cows, he
desired to switch to the poultry end
of farming. That opportunity arose
with Agri-General in Shippens
burg where he worked with layers,
he hatcher id d< ' ha
Lisa and Bob Armstrong
Poultry Association Elects Presid
Harrold said of his one-ycar
icrm on the board, “The more you
learn about this organization, the
more you like it.”
Bob Armstrong of Mount Joy
was appointed president by the
board to serve a one-year term.
Members elected the following
directors: Liz Martin, Martin’s
Hatchery; Alissa Stolzenbach,
Pcnnfield Farms: Dennis Herr,
Kevin Stamcr, Krcidcr Farms; and
George Georges, Wenger’s Feed.
The annual banquet is a time to
,recap the past year’s activities. The
Association remains strong finan-
according to treasurer
er needed to be done.
“I kept doing whatever they
asked me to do and I learned a lot
that way,” Bob said.
He credits his grandfather’s
advice to enabling him to come so
far in the poultry industry.
“My grandfather always told me
to listen to older people," Arms
trong said. “Over the years I lis
tened to others. I learned how the
big operators deal with problems,
how they do things, then I implc-
Clair and Shirley High, who are
in charge of the Ephrata Fair food
booth for the Association, pre
sented a $4,359 check, the second
largest profit in its history.
Vice president Guy Martin
expressed the board’s appreciation
for the promotional work done by
Melissa Stauffer, both Pennsylva
nia and Lancaster County poultry
queen, and by Mindy Dulio, coun
Recognized for past services
were outgoing board members
Clyde Slaymaker Jr., Robert
Krcider, Robert Groff, and Roger
merited their ideas."
Growing up on a farm, Arms
trong was not paid an allowance. “I
needed to work for everything I
got,” he said. “That taught me
respect for the value of money.
“I work for Garbers but 1 spend
money as conservatively as if it
were my own,” said Armstrong,
who considers himself extremely
Never afraid to try something
with which he has no experience,
Bob said that his job with the
chickens also includes running the
on-farm feed mill.
“It was all new to me, but the
mill is the best part of all,” Arms
trong said. Feed is made for the
700 sow farrow-to-finish opera
tion and for the half million chick
ens. Armstrong lends and docs
maintenance on the two chicken
houses on the farm and services the
remainder of chickens kept on
When he started working for the
Garbers two years ago, about 20 to
100 tons of feed was made weekly.
That amount has jumped to 2SO to
300 tons weekly.
“We can’t afford a mistake with
the feed,” Armstrong said of the
need to keep the rations for both
hog and chicken feed separate. He
enjoys the challenge of working
faster and more efficiently and is
grateful for the opportunity to
leant something new.
Armstrong said that the Poultry
Association membership has
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County Poultry Association’s food booth at the Ephrata
Fair, raised $8,755 this year. With a $4369 profit, It was the
second best year ever for the fund raiser.
jb Armstrong, light, consults with one of the owner's of
Garber's Farm, Jim Garber. Armstrong, who manages the
Garber's half a million layers, said that he got his education
in the chicken house and not through the book.