Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, November 19, 1994, Image 1

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Vol. 40 NO. 2
Managing Editor
HERSHEY (Dauphin
Co.) The 26,167-member Pen
nsylvania Farm Bureau high
lighted their year with an annual
meeting this week and named
Samuel Morris, former slate law
maker from the 155th district in
northern Chester County, to
receive the 1994 Distinguished
Service To Agriculture Award.
In addition. Dean and Jody
Kind, Slippery Rock, in Lawrence
County, received the Outstanding
Young Fanner Award. Berks was
named the All-Star County for the
fourth consecutive year, and Shelly
Brown of Huntingdon, Hunting
don County, won the Discussion
Meet and will now compete at the
National Farm Bureau meeting in
St Louis next January.
At the banquet Tuesday night
Morris and Eleanor, his wife of 53
years, accepted the Distinguished
Ag Service Award from President
Keith Eckel. Morris served in the
Atlantic Dairy Reviews Successful Year, Builds For The Future
John and Julie Mayer are Atlantic Dairy Cooperative’s
1994 Outstanding Young Cooperators. The Mayers operate
a 279-acre farm with a 145-head mixed herd In Taneytown,
SCC Nutrient Advisory
Board Continues,
Uncertain Of Changes
Lancaster Farming Staff
(part 1 of 2)
Co.) Uncertainty about the
extent of changes to the state
Department of Environmental
Resources as promised by
Gov.-elect Tom Ridge in his cam
paign platform was a matter of
604 Per Copy
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau Holds Annual Meeting,
Morris Given Distinguished Ag Service Award
state house of representatives from
1971 to 1979 and again from 1981
to 1990. During his tenure Morris
sponsored 80 bills that supported
or protected agriculture. Notable
among these bills were Act 319 of
1974 known as the “Clean and
Green Act” that allows tax relief
for farms; Act 43 of 1981 that
allows farmers to establish ag sec
urity areas for farmland preserva
tion, and he was the prime sponsor
of the bill in 1988 that allowed the
state to fund the purchase of deve
lopment rights to prime farmland.
In addition, Morris also spon
sored legislation for ‘The Right To
Farm Act” of 1982 that protects
farming practices from nuisance
lawsuits from neighbors or local
governments. '
The Kinds were one of three
finalists for the annual award
whiph recognizes a farmer or farm
couple who have demonstrated
outstanding farm management and
leadership skills before reaching
age 30. They were presented with a
concern Wednesday for the
15-member State Conservation
Commission Nutrient Manage
ment Advisory Board.
The board held its November
meeting in Room 309 of the state
Department of Agriculture build
ing in Harrisburg to further work to
recommend and advise the com
mission in the creation of working
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Lancaster Farming, Saturday, Novambar 19. 1994
$5OO cash merit award from the
Dodge Division of Chrysler and a
$lOO Savings Bond from PFB.
They will also receive an expense
paid trip to the American Farm
Eleanor and Samuel Morris receive the Distinguished
Service To Agriculture Award from PFB president Keith
Lancaster Farming Staff
LANCASTER (Lancaster Co.)
Atlantic Dairy Cooperative
(ADC) ended its fiscal year with
record-setting amounts of milk
marketed and one of the most pro
fitable years ever—the third high
est in the cooperative’s 77-year
ADC held its annual meeting on
Solution To Ascites ‘A Genetic One,’
Says Poultry Researcher
Lancaster Farming Staff
MANHEIM (Lancaster Co.)
While poultry producers can put a
lot of diseases in check by proper
heating and ventilation manage
ment, the ultimate solution to a dis
ease called ascites may lie in gene
tic manipulation, according to a -
Penn State poultry professor.
Dr. Guy Barbato, associate pro
fessor of poultry science, spoke to
mote than 30 broiler and layer
managers and other industry per
sonnel at the Poultry Management
and Health Seminar at Kreider’s
Restaurant on Monday.
Barbato provided information
into the “causes, cures, and con
cerns” regarding ascites in broil
ers. Barbato also provided some
research into management and
other alternatives producers may
use to control the disease in flocks.
As fall temperatures begin to
fluctuate, the problem of controll
ing ascites in broilers becomes
more difficult. Ascites, a condition
in which fluid accumulates in the
broiler’s abdomen, has other signs
Bureau’s annual meeting in Janu
ary. There they will compete in the
Outstanding Young Farmers and
Ranchers contest with participants
from other state farm bureaus for
Thursday and Friday at the Lan
caster Host Resort to review its
past year and “build for the
The profitable year resulted in
more than 3,500 dairy farm mem
ber families in Pennsylvania, New
York, New Jersey, Delaware,
Maryland, Virginia, and West Vir
ginia receiving an additional milk
check the equivalent of five cents
as well, including right ventricular
atrophy in the heart and broiler
pulmonary hypertension. This
hypertension is characterized by
high blood pressure which robs the
body of necessary oxygen.
An indication of ascites onset is
the dark blue or purple comb, “a
classic telltale sign,” said Barbato.
The fluid accumulation, a straw
color, is the result of the hyperten
sion and subsequent pressure in the
liver. Fluid (plasma) is literally
forced from the liver.-
The disease was first noticed in
birds in high-altitude conditions
and under poor ventilation with
high salt diets, primarly in South
and Central America. But more
and more, the disease is prevalent
in the north.
Simply put, according to the
poultry professor, genetic selec
tion to make the birds grow at a
rapid rate causes the bird to lose
the necessary energy to adapt to
changes in the environment.
Environmental stress, particularly
cold conditions, leads to onset of
ascites at a fairly rapid rate.
Four Sections
national honors and the grand prize
of a 1995 Dodge 3500 4x4 pickup
Dean and Jody are part of the
Grassy Crest Farm family farm
corporation which operates a
1,000-acre dairy farm. They have
about 360 head of Holsteins and
milk 194 cows that average 19,500
lbs. Dean has primary responsibili
ty for the dairy herd, handling herd
management, production, repro
duction and feeding. He makes all
breeding decisions and is in charge
of feeding heifers.
Jody is responsible for keeping
records on all registered calves and
keeps track of the herd’s records on
computer. They show and sell
registered animals.
Dean serves on the board of
directors of the Beaver/Lawrence
County Farm Bureau and chairs the
Young Farmer and Rancher com
mittee. He is also in charge of orga
nizing DairyMAP management
training wotkships for dairymen.
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per hundredweight The net mar
gin, up from $5.4 million last year,
equates to member earnings of 23
cents per hundredweight
Sales of 3.S billion pounds of
member milk and favorable mark
et conditions helped propel the net
profit to record levels.
“We didn’t have tpo much milk
that we had to incur surplus mark-
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Penn Stale and other research
has concluded that ascites
accounts for at least 50 percent of
all post-day 14 mortality among
broilers. In some cases, ascites has
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Change For
The Lancaster Farming
office will be closed Thurs
day, November 24 in obser
vance of Thanksgiving day.
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lines for this week arc as
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