Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, October 22, 1994, Image 30

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    Penn Star Farms Shows Grand Champion At Pa. Dair
Co.) Pennstar Starbuck Bon
nie, a 3-year-old Holstein which
had placed well in earlier Hosltein
competitions was named grand
champion of the Pennsylvania
Dairy Classic show and sale held
Tuesday at the Ben Stoltzfus farm
m Intercourse.
Shown by Patty Hushon, of
Della, the cow was owned by
Pennsiar Farms, of Quarryville,
and sold for $2,300 to Breck- A-De
The reserve champion cow was
a 3-year-old also, Gajan Midnight
Pearl, shown and consigned by
Galen Martin, of Honeybrook,
which was later sold for $2,200 to
Dr. Ben Turner, of Apulia Station,
Judge for the show was Gordon
Wood, of Gor-Wood-D Holsteins,
in Mansfield. It was managed by
the Cattle Exchange, of Delhi,
B'!— , ii. =—
SCRANTON (Lackawanna Co.) —As of Oct 15, the description of
the market for daily product prices as “cautiously steady” is about as
close as you can come to describing it the past month.
Block cheese prices increased over 2 cents the middle of September
and stayed near the $1.33 level ever since.
Barrel cheese prices haven’t changed in six weeks and remain at
$1.29. That’s about as steady as you can get, but the question is, which
way next?
Will cheese buyers look at the latest cold storage report and see
cheese holdings down more than 11 percent from last year and commer
ical disappearance up over 4 percent this year and keep on buying fra’ the
Or will they look at the milk production reports that show an increase
of 2 percent over last August and 3 percent over September and wait for
lower milk prices?
What would you do?
it would appear that, with reports of bumper crops of feed grains, pro
ducers will ha vc a better feed price/milk price ratio in the months ahead
and production will continue to increase over last year.
Wisconsin production was 3 percent more than last September, but
fluid milk deficits in Florida that usually come from the upper Midwest
are now being met with shipments from the Northeast.
Perhaps that’s a good sign that Florida deificts are not being met with
Wisconsin milk. Usually they are sending IS to 20 loads a week to
Southeastern markets at this time, but not this year. The indication is
that they still need all that milk in the upper Midwest for processed dairy
In addition to a growing demand for cheddar cheese, increases in
other cheeses, especially mozzarella, are up nearly 5 percent over last
Nonfat dry milk prices are still being strengthened by subsidized
sales for export under the Dairy Export Improvement Program (DEIP),
and by the Class Ilia price for powdered milk that diverts more supplies
N.Y., and Stonehurst Farm, in
During the sale, held following
the show, 102 head were sold for a
total of $140,000, or for just under
an $1,400 average.
There were eight cows sold for
more than $2,000 and buyers came
from five stales. The lop selling
animal was sold by Star Rock
Farm of Elizabethtown, with
Chemline Majesty selling for
$2,750. The second highest selling
animal was consigned by O. Clay
ton Smith, of Jefferson, Md„
which was sold for $2,600.
Called the Fall-Harvest Show
and Sale, the annual show is one of
the Pennsylvania Classics organ
ized by the Cattle Exchange and
Stonehurst Farm.
For more information, call Dave
Romney at the Cattle Exchange at
(607) 746-2226, or Don Welk at
Stonehurst, (717) 687-7475.
Dairy Specialist
Lackawanna County
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From the left, Galen Martin, of Honeybrook shows the reserve champion of the Pa.
Dairy Classic show and sale, GaJan Midnight Pearl, while Patty Hushon shows the
champion Pennstar Starbuck Bonnie. Also shown is show judge Gordon Wood, of
away from cheese processors.
Ail of these factors are combining to keep the Minnesota-Wisconsin
Price increasing and in September it went up 31 cents more to $12.04,
for a total increase of 79 cents in three months. Certainly not giant
strides, but in keeping with the cautiously steady market However,
there doesn’t seem to be enough momentum from increasing demand
for all dairy products including butter, power and cheese to keep pace
with increasing milk production.
Seasonally, this is the time for declining production, as we go into the
late fall and early winter months, but is also the season for declining
Putting it all together, you may get another increase in the M-W for
October, but that will be the last for now.
The good news is that farm prices will continue their increases of the
last three months. You can expect 40 to 45 cents more in your check for
September milk than you got for August milk. For most producers in
this area, this will mean an increase of 65 to 90 cents over two months
with more coming as Class 1 prices continue to climb monthly into
Right now, the farm price is 35 to 40 cents better than last year, but the
bad news is that’s not expected to last to the end of the year.
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Emu Farm To
Host Open House
Co.) Longview Emu Farm, lo
cated near Jerseytown, will be
hosting an open house on Sunday.
October 23. at 3 p.m. for those in
terested in becoming involved in
emu farming.
There will be a live demonstra
tion of bird handling, discussions
relating to care, maintenance, and
facilities needed to raise emu, and
emu meat tasting. A local veterin
arian will be on hand to answer
any medical/husbandry questions.
The American Emu Associa
tion, (AEA), based in Dallas, Tex
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who are involved in emu produc
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For more details or to register
for the Longview Emu Farm Open >
House, call (717) 437-9185.