Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, July 01, 1995, Image 34

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rounded by its 406 acres, providing a peaceful setting for
the county Farm Bureau educational/fun event, Day at the
Latuch Brothers Host
For Day At Farm
Somerset Co. Correspondent
ROCKWOOD (Somerset
Co.) For the past 11 years the
Somerset County Farm Bureau has
sponsored a public educational
event, “Day at the Farm.”
The 12th annual event is sche
duled to be held from 1 p.m. to 4
p.m. Sunday, July 2, at the Latuch
Brothers Dairy, located south of
Somerset, off of Rt. 281.
Signs are to be erected along the
highway, showing where to turn.
Given good weather, a Sani-Dairy
blimp should be tethered near the
farm, serving as a landmark and
Partners in the dairy
farm operation, brothers
Roger and David Latuch
and their uncle Ted
Latuch have been pre
paring for the event,
which promises as much
fun for the hosts as for
the guests.
Milk chugging and
hay bale tossing con
tests, hay rides, a petting
zoo, sheep shearing
demonstrations, and
square dancers, free
samples of beef, lamb,
and pork, milk and dairy
products and maple sun
daes, and potato chips
are a portion of the
activities and festivities
planned for this open
farm event
A committee which
organizes the event
studied the layout of the
farm to plan the design
of event The Latuchs
said that is welcome
planning, because of
having finished planting
and trying to get in the
first cutting hay.
“We should be done
with hay by this time,
but this year’s been an
uphill battle because of
the rain we’ve had.”
The Latuchs 406-acre
farming operation was
expanded several years
ago when they bought
an adjacent farm to
accomodate the
The farm was originally started
by the Roger and David’s father
Anthony Latuch, who was an elec
trician in the Pittsburgh area. He
built the farm starting when he was
Along with a full-time hired
man, Melvin Lape, the Latuchs
milk about 117 cows twice per day
in a parlor. The bams arc a combi
nation of Cree-stalls and stanch
ions, and the cows are pastured
during the day and at night.
In addition to shared responsi
bilities, Roger manages the dairy
operation. David takes care of
merchandising, and Ted, who’s
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Latuch Brothers welcome visitors to their family farm operation for the annual
Somerset County Day at the Farm event. From the left, David Latuch holds his son
Scott, Ted Latuch, an uncle in the partnership, Roger Latuch and son Tim.
60-foot Harvesters are used to consideration pasture forages,
hold high moisture com, com sil- The Latuchs have laid out eight
age and haylage, and along with a paddocks on the farm; six for night
monthly addition of 500 pounds pasturing and two for daytime use.
supplement, the cows are fed a tot- “We really like to pasture,”
ally mixed ration (TMR). Roger said. “We fell it’s better all
Forage testing occurs about around for the cows, but it’s not
monthly and a nutritionist is used really intensive grazing. It’s rota
te balance the ration, taking into (Turn to P«c» A 35)
blind, takes care of the calves and
does sire selection.
They normally raise their own
replacements, but occasionally
purchase additions.
Crops raised include 100 acres
each of com and alfalfa and 4S
acres of oats.
Two 90-foot concrete silos and a
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