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Guernsey, Brown Swiss, Milking Shorthorn Breeders Join
VERNON ACHENBACH JR.
Lancaster Farming Staff
REYNOLDSBURG. Ohio —
Starting February, the appraisals,
or classifications as they are com
monly called, of registered Guern
seys, Brown Swiss and Milking
Shonhom cattle are to be shared
efforts among the three national
breed organizations, according to
spokespeople with the American
Guernsey Association (AGA).
In an effort to reduce operating
costs and increase field efficiency,
appraisers for each of the national
organizations are to classify not
only cattle within their own orga
niztaion’s breed, but the other two
In other words, current Guem
HARRISBURG (Dauphin Co.) Com
mercial red meat production in the state dur
ing October 1993 totaled 95.3 million pounds,
dressed weight basis, down 2 percent from
October 1992, according to the Pennsylvania
Agricultural Statistics Service (PASS).
Beef slaughter at 108.0 million pounds
liveweight was 4 percent less than October
1992. Total head slaughtered was 87,000,
down S percent from last year.
Liveweight averaged 1,241 pounds, an
increase of 14 pounds from last year.
Veal slaughter was 6 million pounds live
weight, 7 percent more than a year ago. Calf
slaughter of 14,700 head was up 7 percent;
average liveweight decreased 1 pound to 407
Hog slaughter was 47.2 million pounds
liveweight, up 2 percent from October 1992.
Total head slaughtered was 187,500, down 5
percent from last year. Average liveweight
increased 19 pounds to 252 pounds.
Lamb and mutton slaughter was 597,000
pounds liveweight, down 30 percent, the
number slaughtered was 5,800, down 27 per
cent from October of last year. The average
liveweight decreased 4 pounds to 103 pounds.
< Nationally, commercial red meat produc
tion for October totaled 3.5 billion pounds,
dressed weight basis, down 4 percent from
Beef production, dressed weight basis, at
1.98 billion pounds was down 2 percent from
a year ago.
Veal production at 22.0 million pounds was
down 8 percent
Pork production totaled 1.47 billion pound
s, down 7 percent from a year earlier.
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sey classifications will be con
ducted by AGA, Brown Swiss and
Milking Shorthorn classifiers.
The same is true for the other
In a news release, Becky Good
win, spokesperson for AGA, said,
“The combining of appraisal prog
rams is the first of several steps
that may lead to all three organiza
tions joining their entire operations
under one roof.”
However, in a Monday tele
phone interview, she said, “It is not
a merger or a takeover. We want to
make that clear.”
According to Goodwin, “The
Guernsey Association and the
Brown Swiss Association have
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we hope to help each other with
things like record keeping. This is
kind of an initial starting point, to
see how it goes.”
Goodwin said the AGA Board
of Directors approved the joint
effort during its June meeting.
However, she said that before the
joint appraisal were to go into
effect, the ‘Type Committees” of
each respective breed got together
to discuss the differences and some
areas with which they wanted the
three-breed apraisers to become
This fall, according to Goodwin.
when Guernsey appraisers went
into the field for classification,
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and Milking Shorthorn appraisers,
and vice versa, in order to familiar
ize each other with the work.
While a specific date hasn’t
been set for a review of the success
of the trial program, she said the
program would definetly be
reviewed by the June AGA board
meeting. “Both boards and execu
tive secretaries will be very active
to keep an eye on things and to
make sure it goes as smoothly as
Financially, Mike Ousley, AG A
controller, said the savings to the
2,000-member AGA national
organization is estimated at
between $7,000 to $8,700. “1 think
the Brown Swiss (breeders) would
realize about the same (savings).
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According to recent news
release, “The combining of apprai
sal programs is the first of several
steps that may lead to all three
organizations joining their entire
operations under one roof. Poten
tial sites for a joint location are
now being examined by the boards
of these associations. At this time,
no time table has been set for when
such a joint occupancy might
Ousley said that if die organiza
tions could combine all operations,
it is estimated that total annual sav
ings to the AGA would be from
$35,000 to $50,000 per year.
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