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AlO-Urtcasttr Finning, Saturday, October 15, 1994
Brighten The Corner
Wherever You Are
Friday, October 14, probably passed without the majority of
Pennsylvanians recognizing its significance.
It was the 80th anniversary of the Society of Farm Women of
Pennsylvania, which was founded by Flora Black in 1914.
Many of it's 3,140 membership celebrated it quietly by
gathering for a traditional Farm Women’s Day breakfast. But
the significance of Farm Women is not the way they choose to
celebrate the founding day but the way they live their lives every
day of the year.
These women quietly go about making a difference in their
homes, communities, and state. Their motto, “For Happiness,”
is rooted in the belief that happiness is attained when we give
generously to others.
Each year, the membership chooses state, county, and society
projects, which results in giving thousands of dollars to aid the
ill, the unfortunate, and to benefit community betterment pro
jects. Helping others is not always limited to the state. Last year
Farm Women gave $11,876 to the Heifer Project International,
which sends livestock to aid third-world countries.
While the society was first founded for farm women, many of
its members are no longer living on their farm, but they haven’t
forgotten their roots. They seek to promote a love for farm and
understanding of agriculture. This is upheld by encouraging stu
dents to pursue agricultural and home economic-related
degrees. Last year, the state society contributed $5,000 in scho
larships and most of the 16 societies gave additional
Another prime emphasis of Farm Women is to build a home
of beauty and warmth for family members.
Love for God and country continues to be a strong loyalty
among the membership, who believe that these values have
made America a strong country and are necessary to maintain it.
Each gathering ends by members singing the society song,
“Brighten the Comer Where You Are.”
It’s a reminder to each one to be constantly aware to make a
positive contribution wherever each one may go. It’s an admoni
tion we all should strive to fulfill.
If you missed observing Farm Women’s-Day this past Friday,
you can still celebrate it in the way its members have been doing
every day of the year for 80 years brighten the comer where
Blue Mountain Antique Gas and
Steam Engine Fall Harvest and
Sawmill Show, Jacktown Com
munity Center, Bangor, thru
shop, WMREC, Keedysville,
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Berks County Extension dinner
meeting, 4-H Community Cen-
Dillsburg Community Fair, Dills
burg. thru Oct 22.
Lancaster County Bee Association
Fall Honey Beeswax and Cook
ing Roundup, Dutch Gold Hon
PAS A Nutrient Management Field
Day, David and Terry Rice
(Ojala Farms), Blair County, 10
a.m.-12;15 p.m. and Randy and
Karen Huntsman Dairy, Mar
National Meeting On Poultry
Health and Processing, Shera
ton Ocean City, Ocean City,
Md., thru' Oct 21.
Uniontown Poultry and Farm
S' iw, Uniontown, thntOct. 23.
Workshop Series On Computer
ized Farm and Record Keeping,
Lancaster Farm and Home Cen
ter, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1
p.m.-3 p.m., also Oct. 27.
Pasture Walk, Dr. Robert and
Helene Dreisbach, Hamburg,
Conservation' Easement Admini
strator’s Workshop, Penn State
Extension, Carlisle, 9 a.m.-4
Farm and Natural Lands Trust
Harvest Fes t, Brown’s Orchard,
Loganville, thru Oct. 23. •
Sire Power Sale ’94, Bloomsburg
Fairgrounds, 11 a.m.
Lancaster County RabbitandCavy
Breeders Association Rabbit
Show, West Lampeter Fair
grounds, Lampeter. 9 a.m.
Penn State Career Open House,
University Park, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sunday, Oclului 2.'
\lorul;i\, OctoluT 24
Managing Cover Crops For
Increased Productivity, Days
Inn, State College, thru Oct. 25.
Franklin County Conservation
District Field Day, Edwin
Shank Farm, Chambersburg, 9
According to Glenn Shirk,
extension dairy agent, the amount
of fiber in a cow’s radon, the
length of forage particles, and the
quality of forages fed are critical to
her health and productivity.
For normal rumen function and
fewer twisted stomachs, cows
need to consume enough fiber.
Specifically, neutral detergent fib
er (NDF) intake from forages
needs to be at least 1.5 percent of
the cow’s body weight.
For example, a 1,300-pound
cow needs to consume approxi
mately 20 pounds of forage NDF.
Quality is important. For hay crop
forage, aim for about 20 percent
crude protein, 30 percent acid
detergent fiber (ADF), and 40 per
Too often, farmers and their
advisers equate high protein to
high quality. This is not always the
case, especially if high protein,
ensiled, hay crop forages are a
major portion of the ration.
During fermentation, a lot of the
protein is converted to soluble pro
tein. This is mote than the rumen
may safely handle. The excess is
absorbed into the blood stream and
raises the blood urea nitrogen
(BUN) levels to the point where it
may cause reproductive problems.
Also, some of the protein is even
tually excreted and wasted.
It is important to also feed a
highly soluble source of carbohy
drate such as high moisture com,
com silage, barley, etc. The best
way to evaluate your hay crop for
ages is through forage testing and
see how close you are to the
20-30-40 ratio. If you are not close,
look at your forage harvesting
program and make the necessary
Tuesday, October 25
Chester County Holstein Associa
tion annual meeting, WestFal
lowfidd Christian School, Atg
len, 7 p.m.
Lancaster County Poultry Associ
ation annual banquet. Willow
Valley Convention Center,
Lebanon County Holstein Associ
ation annual meeting, Schaef
fcrstown Fire Hall, Schaeffer
stown. 7 p.m.
Lancaster County 4-H Swine Ban
quet, Country Table Restaur
ant, Mount Joy, 6:30 p.m.
New Holland Sales Stables Dairy
Show. New Holland, show 9
Workshop Series on Computer
ized Farm Record Keeping,
Lancaster Farm and Home Cen
ter, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1
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Early fall signals the time most
beef cows in Pennsylvania will be
at the lowest feed requirement for
Chester Hughes, extension
livestock agent, reminds us there
may be some ways to lower feed
costs and save expensive hay or
Use stalk or stubble fields to
extend fall grazing. Allow about
one fourth acre per cow and
increase the acreage weekly. Fai
lure to limit acreage will result in
poor use of the field. Cows will
take off the best feed first and leave
the rest until later.
Use your worst quality hay first.
You may wish to limit grazing for
a few weeks and feed up the poorer
quality hay. Graze older cows
behind young cows with calves or
newly weaned calves in a pasture
rotation. This allows the younger
qpimals to have first opportunity to
eat the best grass they need for
Use some food by-products.
Apple pomace is a good cow feed.
BY LAWRENCE W ALEHOUSE
SOMEONE TO WATCH
1 Samuel 7:15 through 8:22;
There have been many times
when I have pondered over the
Lord’s response to Samuel when
the prophet revealed that the peo
ple had asked for a king: “Harken
to the voice of the people in all
that they say to you; for they have
not rejected you, but they have
rejected me from being king over
Again and again I have ended
up asking, why did God regard
their asking for a king as a rejec
tion of Himself? Although there
are hardly any kings in the world
today, much of'lhe history of our
civilization has been based upon
the reigns of kings and queens,
emperors and empresses. And
today there are modern equiva
lents: president, prime ministers,
governors and dictators instead of
kings and queens; bureaucratic
governments instead of king
doms. The world cannot cope
without someone wielding
authority and leading the people.
But the situation among the
tribes of Israel before they asked
for a king show us as an ideal
world. There is no need of gov
ernment ty rulers so long as peo
ple maintain a close relationship
with the Lord. For many years,
the only government that the
tribes of Israel knew .was the
prophet Samuel serving as an
itinerant judge to make circuits
among the settlements of Bethel,'
Gilgal, and Mizpah and settle dis
putes. So long as the people
remained close and responsive to
God, that was the only rule they
We hear people today tell us
that “the only good government is
no government” or “the least gov
ernment” or “the least govern
ment, the best government.” It is
either fresh or ensiled. However,
do not add urea to it. Potato chips
and bakery wastes are good sour
ces of energy. But the cows will
need a source of fiber. Fresh veget
ables are fine. But with pregnant
cows, you need to watch for mold
and protein levels in legumes.
To Deworm Sheep
In the humid Mid-Atlantic reg
ion, sheep need to be dewormed
more often than in other parts of
The ewe flock should be
dewormed every other month
beginning in May and ending after
a hard killing frost
Lambs on pasture and replace
ment ewe and ram lambs, includ
ing show stock, should be
dewormed every four weeks.
A variety of dewormers are
available for sheep and should he
rotated to decrease the chance of
resistance. Consult your veterina
rian for advice on deworming pro
ducts labeled for sheep.
Feather Prof s Footnote: "The
key to happiness is having dreams.
The key to success is making
dreams come true."
obvious that we live in a very
anti-government world. They
become fed up with the govern
ment interfering with their daily
lives. As one man told me, “If we
all lived by the Golden Rule we
wouldn’t need congress nor a
But that’s the rub, both in the
time of Samuel and today, for,
although it would be better if we
were to govern ourselves, it is just
not in the cards for human beings
to do so. We probably could dis
pense with all the laws, including
the Ten Commandments and
there wouldn’t be any need for
Yet, if we removed all this
government, would people live
peaceably and fairly? I think not.
When we do not follow God and
His purpose for the world, we
need some kind of political and
social structure to do for and with
us what we are not able nor inter
ested in doing for ourselves. So
government —even the best of
it—is the price we pay for not
So, now I think I understand
what the Lord means when He
says, “for they have not rejected
you, but they have rejected me
from being king over them.”
When we fail to respond to the
Lord in all His goodness to us, we
are in fact handing ourselves over
to others to govern us.
Fortunately, our failure is not
insurmountable. As Samuel told
the people of Israel, “Fear not,
you have done all this evil, yet do
not turn away from following the
Lord, but serve the Lord with all
your hearts... For the Lord will
not cast away His people...”
Despite our foolishness, our
carelessness, our rebelliousness,
there is the amazing grace of God
whereby we are saved from all of
the above and are granted the
chance to let God reign in our
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