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AlO-Uncwtof Farming, Saturday, Juna 3, 1995
You 9 re In Good Company
They even have 700 dairy cows in Alaska. That’s important
because it means every state in our country has cows. All told, 9.5
million dairy cows live in the U.S. Of course, Wisconsin has the
most cows, followed by California and New York. Pennsylvania
comes in fourth, followed by Minnesota.
On the city side, ninety-nine percent of all U.S. households
purchase milk. That’s good for the dairy farmers and the agribu
sinesses that prbvide the inputs and machinery to keep the pipe
lines full. According to the USDA, most of the milk sold now is
either lowfat or skim. Only 38 percent is plain whole milk.
But this milk provides the most important food source of cal
cium, providing around 300 mg per one-cup serving. Milk’s
importance rests on the fact that it lends itself to daily consump
tion. The body’s need for calcium is on-going throughout life.
In addition to milk, Americans consume an astounding 26.2
pounds of cheese per person. And now that medical research data
proves what we have known all along—butter is good for you—
sales of this dairy product have also increased. Market observers
also suggest that lower prices, along with the enlightened attitude
about nutrition, has helped increase the number of new butter
And then there are ice cream and frozen yogurt. According to
the International Ice cream Association, 1.5 billion gallons of fro
zen dairy products are consumed each year in the U.S. The favo
rite flavor is vanilla. Fruit and nut flavors are next. But only eight
percent of the ice cream consumed is flavored with chocolate.
This first week of June Dairy Month is a good time to drink
your milk, and eat your cheese, ice cream, and yogurt. You are in
good company of people who do.
Goat Health Seminar, Cornell Uni
versity, Ithaca, N.Y.
Farm Safety Day Camp, Oregon
Dairy Farm, Lititz, 8 a.m.-3
Landis Valley Fair, Landis Valley
Museum, thru June 4.
Bradford County dairy princess
pageant, Harlan-Rowe Middle
School, Athens, 8 p.m.
Wayne County dairy princess
pageant, Belmont Fire Hall,
Tulpehocken Young Farmers Ice
Cream Social, Reu-Hel Farms,
Scott and Connie Troutman,
Grazing meeting, Black Run Farm,
Buckhom, Columbia Co., 7
Cambria County dairy princess
pageant. Holy Name Church
Lancaster County plastic pesticide
container recycling program,
Gideon King, Kinzers, 12:30
p.m.-3 p.m., also Aug. 9.
Lancaster County plastic pesticide
container recycling program,
Moyer & Son, Inc., Honey
Brook, 9 a.m.-ll:30 a.m., also
Aug. 9, and Sept 19, 12:30
York County Beekeepers meeting,
Livestock Marketing Workshop,
Potter County Extension,
Coudersport, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Mifflin County dairy princess
pageant, St. John’s Lutheran
Delmarva Chicken Festival,
World Pork Expo, lowa State Fair
grounds, Des Moines, lowa,
thru June 11.
Dauphin County 4-H Communica
tion Day, extension office, 10
Armstrong County dairy princess
pageant. Center Hill Church of
the Brethren Fellowship Hall,
Kittanning, 7:30 p.m.
Lebanon County dairy princess
pageant, Lebanon County Voc
ational School, 7:30 p.m.
Butler County dairy princess
pageant, Clearview Mall Cen
ter Court, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Chester County dairy princess
pageant, Coventryville U.
Poultry Management and Health
Seminar, Kreider’s Restaurant,
Tioga County dairy princess
pageant, Mainesburg Com
munity Center, Mainesburg, 7
University, University Park,
thru June IS.
Mid-Atlantic Fruit School, W.Va.
University Experiment Farm
and Holiday Inn and Knights
Inn, Martinsburg, W.Va., thru
To Salute Dairy
And Turkey Farmers
June is Dairy Month and Turkey
Month. A month where we salute
two very important agricultural
industries in Pennsylvania.
In 1993, Pennsylvania’s 11,800
dairy farms produced 10.2 billion
pounds of milk worth more than
$1.4 billion. Our turkey farmers
produced 8.6 million turkeys
weighing 169.4 million pounds
worth $71.2 million.
Both of these industries consist
of many small family farms.
Through the dedicated and hard
work of many family members, we
enjoy a low cost, abundant and
safe food supply.
We will be seeing many promo
tional activities informing people
of the importance of farms and
agriculture to our communities.
We salute all our farm families and
say thank you for a job well done.
University of Florida dairy sci
entists Dave Bray and Ray Bucklin
say there are three quick tests that
may be used to tell if cows are heat
stressed and in need of supplemen
The three indicators are:
Centre County Wool Pool, Grange
Fairgrounds, Centre Hall, 7
a.m.-ll:30 a.m., and 1 p.m.-2
Mercer County dairy princess
pageant, Leslie N. Firth Center,
Mercer, 7:30 p.m.
Mercer County Wool Pool,
Tree Health Seminar, Chatham
Friday, ,|uiu' 16
Snyder/Union Holstein Associa
tion twilight meeting, Joe
Snyder, Millmont, 8 p.m.
Econweekend, Olmsted Manor,
Ludlow, thru June 18.
Grange Leadership Academy,
State College, thru June 17.
Cumberland County dairy prin
cess pageant. Embers Conven
tion Center, Carlisle, 8 p.m.
Franklin County dairy princess
pageant. Lighthouse Restaur
ant, Chambersburg. 7 p.m.
Lycoming County dairy princess
pageant, Lycoming Mall, Mun-
Pa. Cattlemen’s Field Day, May
town Park, Lancaster County. 9
Ludwig’s Comer Riding and Driv
ing Club, Marsh Creek State
(Turn to Pag* A3l)
1. Respiration rates that exceed
80 pet miaute.
2. Rectal temperatures exceed
ing 102. S F. or
3. A drop of more than 10 per
cent in diy matter intake or milk
production or both.
Remember that high producing
cows generate more body heat and
are more susceptible to heat stress.
The more they pant, the more ener
gy they expand thus energy no
longer available for milk
It is important to provide cows
relief from heat stress during per
iods of hot weather.
When hot weather occurs, there
are a number of things that may be
done to help provide cows some
relief. Provide cows with fresh,
clean water. Prevent cows from
turning watering sites into
mastitis-causing mud holes.
Provide shade in the form of lots
BY t AWRENCE W ALIHOUsT"" I
THE PATHOLOGY OF
THE PATHOLOGY OF
June 4, 1995
I Kings 11:26 - 12:24
The story of the split between
the ten northern tribes of Israel
and the two southern tribes of Ju
dah is a dusty page of history.
Yet the meaning behind what
happened almost 3,000 years ago
in a little Palestinian town is as
current as tonight’s television
news or the headlines of tomor
row’s newspaper. For behind this
tragic event in the long ago history
of the people of God was a reality
that is just as much a curse in our
world as it was in theirs: the mis
use and abuse of power.
The late Norman Cousins is
perhaps best-known in our time
for his writings Anatomy of an
Illness exploring the relation
ships between the mind and the
body in relation to the health and
wholeness of the individual. But
Cousins also wrote a book about
another kind of sickness. The
Pathology of Power (W.W. Nor
ton, 1987), an examinationjof how
the lust for power contaminates
and destroys the moral fabric of a
Cousins begins with the well
known quotation from Lord Ac
tion; “Power tends to corrupt; ab
solute power corrupts absolutely”
and then goes on to chronicle and
explore other tendencies of power
that “emerge from the pages of the
historians.” One of these, says
Cousins, is that of becoming “a
theology, admitting no other gods
before.” Human power becomes a
substitute for God!
Although King Solomon had
made a good beginning in ruling
Israel, along the way he succumb
ed to the theology of power. For
the sake of power Solomon had
forsaken God and “worshipped
Ashtoreth, the goddess of the Si
donians, Chemosh the god of Mo
ab, and Milcom the god of the
Ammonites" (11:33) and there
of trees, shade cloths, well
ventiiated stable, etc. Do not Jet
cows turn the shade area into a
Reduce* cow activity. Do not
make cows walk great distances
for feed, water, and shade. Keep
water and shade close to the feed
ing area to stimulate greater dry
Keep cows stabled in a well
ventilated bam during the heat of
the day where they have a clean,
comfortable stall and easy access
to fresh water and feed. A ventila
tion system that provides cows
with lots of fresh air is preferable
to one that merely circulates stale
Feed cows during the cooler
hours of the day and keep the feed
fresh. Wet down cows periodically
and dry them off in a breeze for
evaporative cooling. These tips
should help keep your cows pro
ductive, even in hot weather.
Feather Prof.'s Footnote:
“Quality is a person’s showcase —
it is the work:we do."
foie God warned, “I am about to
tear the kingdom from the hand of
When Solomon died it was
logical that his son, Rehoboam,
should succeed to the throne. But,
journeying to Schechem to receive
the confirmation of the ten north
ern tribes, Rehoboam is confront
ed by their representatives with an
important condition: “Your father,
Solomon, made our yoke heavy.
Now therefore lighten the hard
service of your father and his
heavy yoke upon us, and we will
serve you” (12:4). It was certainly
a legitimate complaint for Solo
mon had virtually enslaved many
of his citizens to build his royal
Before answering, Rehoboam
took three days to seek the advice
of first the old counselors who had
served his father. Their advice: “If
you will be a servant to these peo
ple today and serve them, and
speak good words to them when
you answer them, then they will
be your servants for ever.” Appar
ently, that wasn’t the answer he
wanted and instead he took the ad
vice of his youthful advisors who
counselled, “Thus shall you speak
to this people . . . ‘And now
whereas my father laid upon you a
heavy yoke, I will add to your
yoke. My father chastised you
with whips, but I will chastise you
with scorpions’” (12:10,11).
Why did Rehoboam replay in
such an arrogant and stupid man
ner? The seduction of power! Re
hoboam did not possess power, it
possessed him. The exercise of
power became more important to
him than either God or even com
mon sense, although he was prob
ably convinced that he was pos
sessed of both.
Often those who abuse power
most then and today! are
those who are convinced that they
are doing so with the blessing of
God. As John Adams wrote to
Thomas Jefferson. “Power always
thinks it is doing God’s service
when it is violating all His laws.”
Thus it was almost 3,000 years
ago; thus it is even now.
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