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V 01.43 No. 8
In the Lyons’ den. From left, Terry, Rich, Joe, and Joey Lyons.
Pfautz Brothers * Fantastic KILE Hog One For The Books
Lancaster Fanning Staff
LITITZ (Lancaster Co.) One
day, Coty and Kevin Pfautz were
pouring over a black and white
swine sire catalog when they
noticed an entry that stood out
A Hampshire boar from a com
pany in Chrisman, HI. showed a
sire potential for a 9.28-inch
The brothers thought that was
prctly intriguing. So they won
dered about mating the Hampshire
with Kevin’s Hampshirc/Duroc
Next week Is New Year. And the second week in Janu
ary farm families gel ready to make their annual trip to
Harrisburg for the Pennsylvania Farm Show. For Lancas
ter Farming, this means many of the advertising and
news deadlines will need to be early to accommodate the
publication of the January 3, and January 9 issues. Some
deadlines fall In the week prior to the week of publication.
These deadlines are as follows:
January 3rd Issue
Public Sale Ads 5 p.m., Monday, 12/29.
Mailbox Markets 5 p.m., Monday, 12/29.
Section D Classified Ads 5 p.m., Tuesday, 12/30.
Farm Equipment Ads 9 a.m., Wednesday, 12/31.
All Other Display Ads 5 p.m., Monday. 12/29.
General News Noon, Wednesday, 12/31.
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Could the family obtain some
litters with barrows reaching a
9-inch loineye (a respectable size
for a side of meat, considering
some of the highest in the industry
reaches only about eight inches at
What’s there to lose?
It was worth a try. After all, the
dam was out of a Premier John 7-2,
which had potential for some
genetically explosive results.
Sure enough, Cory, son of Rick
and Sue Pfautz, Lititz, along with
Kevin and their sister Lisa, fared a
hog that was sired using the Illinois
Land&tfr Farming, Saturday, December 27, 1997
genetics. In October they took it to
this year’s Keystone International
Livestock Exposition (KILE) at
In The Lyons’ Den
You Find What’s Good
In Farming With Family
MILLVILLE (Columbia Co.) When
you drive in die farm lane, you are greeted
with the sign, “Lyons’ Den,” on the bam.
This little humorous referral to the Joe and
Betty Lyons family who live here makes
you smile at the takeoff on the family
name. Subconsciously, you have a warm
feeling for those involved in this farming
The three sons and their families are all a
close-knit part of the 600-acre fanning
operation. Included in the family on the
farm are Rich and Cheri and their children
Emily 8, and Wesley 5; Terry and Cindy;
and Joey and Angie and their children
Caleb 14, Katie 11, Nathan 7, and Shelby
2. You could say this is a pride (family) of
Lyons. Daughter and son-in-law Linda and
John Dent own and operate a nearby horse
The family dairy farm enterprise started
After turning up a hog with a 12-inch loineye at KILE, the Pfeutz family is preparing
for the state Farm Show in January. This family was also honored at the recent Lan
caster County 4-H banquet. From left, Lisa, Cory, and Kevin Pfautz. Photo by Andy
We, the staff at Lancaster Fanning,
wish you a very Joyous New Year
the Farm Show Complex in Harris
burg. They entered it in the barrow
$28.50 Per Year
in 1965 when Betty’s father gave an oral
agreement to begin the transfer of the farm
to Joe and Betty. Monthly payments for the
cows and machinery began, and by 1972
the farm was turned over to the present
generation and a partnership was formed.
Through time, the partnership evolved to
where today hither and sons have equal
ownership in the value of the entire
From 16 cows in the first year of opera
tion, the herd has grown to about 85 milk
cows and another 80 replacement heifers.
The growth has been gradual using home
raised replacements to increase the herd
size. For many years the herd average stay
ed at about 16,000 pounds. When the herd
size had reached the desired number and
the opportunity came to cull the low end of
the herd, production reached 21,000
pounds. But in recent years, a small
amount of BST has been used and 3x milk
ing has been started. This has taken the
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And of course, there were fire
works of sorts. The “genetic
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