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How Does Your Herd Compare?
STATE COLLEGE (Centre Co.) —These data are calculated using
information pulled from Pennsylvania DHIA’s mainframe computer
each week. It is a one-week summary representing approximately one
fourth of the herds on test, as they are tested monthly;
These data are valuable from a business management standpoint and
can be used for comparing your operations to the averages from about
1,400 herds across the state.
DHIA Averages for all herds processed between 10/9/93 and 10/16/93
Number of Herds Processed
Number of Cows Processed
Number of Cows Per Herd
Milk Per Cow (Lbs)
Fat Per Cow (Lbs)
Protein Per Cow (Lbs)
Average Days in Milk Per Cow
•Value for CWT Milk(s)
•Value for CWT Grain(s)
•Value for CWT Hay(s)
•Value for CWT Silage(s)
•Value for Pasture Per Day(s)
•Value for Milk Per Cow Per
•Feed Consumed Per Cow Per
D: Day Pasture
•Fded Cost Per Cow Per Ycar(s)
•Total Feed Cost Per Cow Per
•Income Over Feed Costs Per
•Grain to Milk Ratio
•Feed Cost Per CWT Milk(s)
Avg Level For 969 SCC Herds
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STATE COLLEGE (Centre
Co.) The district meetings for
local DHIA directors are planned
There are Five meeting sche
dules around the state, correspond
ing to the five director districts.
These meetings are held ev£y
year, primarily for directors of loc
al DHIA committees or boards.
It is an opportunity for directors
and management to get together
for discussion of issues and deve
lopments affecting DHIA mem
Discussion from the board rep
resentatives will explain in detail
the changes to the association that
will occur when the new bylaws
Anyone interested in attending
the meeting in their district may
contact their county committee or
The meetings will begin at 10
a.m. and end no later than 3 p.m.
Lunch is to be provided and all
members are welcome to attend.
Nov. 1: Southeast District at
Berks County Ag Center, in
Nov. 2: Southwest District at
Ramada Inn, in Somerset.
Nov. 3: Central District at Fami
ly House Restaurant, in
Nov. 4; Northeast District* Pink
Apple Restaurant, in
Nov. 5: Northwest District:
Bonanza Restaurant, in Franklin.
Delegates please mark your
calendars now for this very impor
tant information meeting. The sub
jects discussed will affect the elec
tion of your member representa
tives, due to rcdistricting, on the
Pa.DHIA Board of Directors, start
ing in 1994.
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changed over the years because
most poultry operations arc owned
by industry. “Few producers are
left. And it’s getting harder and
harder to survive. It’s at the point
where you almost need to expand
or get out Definitely, you need to
be more efficient'' he said.
Armstrong has his own ideas on
how to become more efficient by
reducing the amount of egg dirties
and cracks. He knows other far
mers have good ideas, too. He'd
like to see the Association hold a
day-long session just to share those
ideas so producers can learn from
For himself, Armstrong said
that the best way to identify the
problem is to candle your own
eggs the day after they are laid.
Hairline cracks around the belly of
the egg or star burst cracks arc tell
tale signs of mechanical problems.
Armstrong picks eggs off rows to
find which row has a problem.
Timing belts sometimes need to be
adjusted, holes or sagging in the
cage floor or a feed trough hanging
too low can result in dirties and
“If you straightened out your
mechanical problems you can
greatly lower your percentage of
cracks and dirties,” he said.
This past year, the Association
placed 16 billboards along county
highways to promote the poultry
‘The idea was good, but we
were not 100 percent happy. We
want to improve it and do it again,”
he said. Some of the billboards set
back too far from the roadway and
were hard to read. The color
should be changed and a few other
details that will make the bill
boards more presentable, he said.
Armstrong would like the Asso
ciation to offer a half day seminar
on pest control. “We (producers)
spend a lot of time on eliminating
flics and rodents. We each try to
experiment with different types of
methods. Some of us have learned
what works best, but some guys
don’t have as much time to experi
ment If we put all the experts and
farmers in the same room, some
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thing someone says is sure to catch
your attention and be the solution
for you,” he said.
Armstrong said that he doesn’t
worry about the flocks he tends
“We are cautious in cleaning,
where we purchase our chicks,
using clean equipment and sup
plies, and I don’t forscc it being a
problem," he said.
During his one-year term,
Armstrong would also like to offer
a seminar to teach different ways
to cook and serve poultry and eggs.
This past year, the Poultry Asso
ciation participated in Kreidcr
Dairy Days by having a tent where
they distributed red beet eggs, lit
erature, and coupons.
“It was surprising to see the
amount of people who had never
tasted red beet eggs before,” he
Because many requested
recipes, the Association recog
nizes the importance of handing
out recipes and food samples to
encourage people to use more eggs
and poultry in everyday cooking.
When he is not working, Arms
trong enjoys being at home with
his wife, Lisa, and children, Bryan,
7, and Stephen, 2. Fishing and
“Chickens are a hobby as much
as my job. I never look at it as
being a job. I always loved it. It’s
never boring and I thrive on chal
lenges,” he said.
“I have a reputation of trying to
do 110 percent,” Armstrong said.
“I look at it this way. A lot of peo
ple don’t get to do what they like to
do. God gave me a talent to take
care of chickens I want to do it
As president of the Association,
it is Armstrong’s responsibility to
not only look out for the layer pro
ducer but also for the turkey, game
bird, and broiler producer.
“Each has its own concerns. The
Association wants to help as much
as possible. If anyone has any
ideas or problems, we want to help,
They should contact a member of
the board and share their ideas,"
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