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Vol. 43 No. 40
PDA Announces Pseudorabies Eradication Program, Sets Goals
Lancaster Farming Staff
Co.) The stale Department of
Agriculture on Thursday
announced the start of a program to
eradicate pseudorabies in swine in
Pennsylvania by mid 2000.
The announcement and intro
duction of the eradication program
The Pennsylvania Holstein Association summer picnic was held in Clarion County
at Edenbrook Farm. During the event, the farm family hosts, Keith, Debbie, and
Gretchen Decker, took time out for this photo in front of the farm sign. See story page
A 23 Photo by Marsha Chess, Mercer Co. correspondent.
Gettysburg High School
Implements Ag Ed Plan
Lancaster Fanning Staff
—Gettysburg Area High School is
one of many “test sites” for a new
agricultural education partnership.
Already some of the results of
this test site for next-century ag
education look positive.
Months ago, a program called
Vision for Pennsylvania Agricul
tural Education was funded with a
$55,000 grant from the Pennsylva-
Cornell Researchers Find
Bread-Based Diet
Good For Beef Cattle
ITHACA, N.Y. - For beef
producers looking for new ways to
economically and efficiently feed
their cattle, Cornell University
animal researchers have shown the
effectiveness of an unusual diet
Let them eat bread and other
commercial bakery leftovers and
The Cornell researchers say
that the steers’ ruminant stomachs
can digest feed that includes stale
bakery products more efficiently
than high-energy, com-based diets
Four Sections
was made during a regular meeting
of the state Animal Health and
Diagnostic Cc .nmission at the
state Agriculture Building in
Pseudorabies is not related to
the disease of rabies. It does not
directly affect humans.
According to the PDA, pseudo
rabies is a viral infection of swine
nia Department of Education. The
project is being conducted in part
nership with Penn State Universi
ty, the Pennsylvania Department
of Agriculture, and the Pennsylva
nia Vocational Agriculture Teach
ers Association.
Administered through the Sol
anco School District, the program
has reached out to Chambersburg,
Gettysburg, Shippensburg, Berlin
Brothersvalley, Crawford Central
School District (Cochranton
because the baked goods have al
ready been processed.
"It surprised us that bakery
waste was more efficient than
com We found there was no dif
ference m the meat quality," says
Pablo J Guiroy, [pronounced Ga-
ROY] a Cornell graduate student
from Argentina, who will com
plete his master’s degree m the
animal science deoartment at
Cornell in October.
Guiroy presented his findings
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Lancaster Farming, Saturday, Augusts, 1998
that primarily affects their central
nervous system and reproductive
organs. It causes the industry great
losses through the loss of feed effi
ciency and production.
State Agriculture Secretary
Samuel Hayes Jr. introduced the
program during the commission
meeting which was attended by a
variety of individuals and rep-
Junior and Senior High Schools),
and Conewago Valley school
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Young cooperators from four states attend Council of Cooperative’s leadership
conference. Recognized for their leadership and involvement are from left, Marsha
and Sam Minor, Jr., Eighty Four; Amanda and Timothy Lehman, Lewisberry; and
Rhonda and Dan Cutts, Tabernacle, NJ. See story page A 26.
$29.50 Per Year
resentatives of groups with an
interest in swine production and
Essentially, the bottom line of
what Hayes said was that the eradi
cation program goal is to move
Pennsylvania’s swine industry
into a position to gain all market
advantages and values inherent in
Pennsylvania swine stock, from
breeding swine to market animals.
The eradication program is a
cooperative effort between the
USDA and the states and the
Records Broken As
$1,500 Paid For
Gallon Of Milk
Bradford Co. Correspondent
TROY (Bradford Co ) - All re
cords were broken as Ron Cope of
Double Aught Lumber pledged his
support of the Bradford County 4-
H program by placing the top bid
in the Bradford County Livestock
and Milk Auction
As the gavel came down,
$l5OO was the final bid lor one
gallon ot milk from Heather
Yuirkanm's supreme champion
Taking second place in the auc
tion was milk trom Craig
Shceley's grand champion Hol
stein. whoes milk sold lor $725
and was purchased by Judson's
Milk trom the other champions
and three baskets idled with Brad
ford County Products were also
sold bringing that sale average to
$487 on 12 lots
According to the rules of the
milk auction, one halt ol the
money that is generated through
600 Per Copy
Using an aggressive testing and
monitoring program, along with
possible condemnation and inde
mnity funding, the goal is to eradi
cate the disease, step-by-step.
Pennsylvania isn’t in bad shape,
with only one herd known to have
active pseudorabies virus. As of
Thursday, it was reported that herd
was to have finished, or be close to
finishing, depopulating.
Statewide, as of Thursday, there
were only 11 herds in two counties
under quarantine for pseudorabies,
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the sale of the milk will go to the
owner of the animal while the
other half is divided between the
county 4-H or FFA progiam and
the member's club or chapter
Volunteer Auctioneer Bob
Shayior opened the bidding on the
market lambs, steers and hogs as
Stephen Laudermilch's cham
pion steer tipped the scales at
1296 and was purchased lor S 70
per pound by Columbia Cross
Roads Equipment The reserve
champion steer weighed in at 974
pounds and was purchased by the
Laurel Hill Veterinary Clinic tor
$96 The average on Five steers
was $ 76
Thirteen lambs crossed the auc
tion block with the price per
pound ranging from a low ot I 46
and a high ol $7 Eight ot the
lambs were donated back to the 4-
H program iind were resold The
money from the second sale ol the
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