80 years ago this week. The national Jersey Bulletin awarded its 1922 Accomplishment Cup to the Belmont County Jersey Cattle Club of Ohio. The cup will travel to Ohio from its current home with the 1921 award winners, the Mississippi Jersey Cattle Club. The Portage County Jersey Cattle Club was honored as fourth runner-up, behind the breeders’ association of San Luis, Calif., the Pomfret (Vermont) club and the Hillsdale County (Michigan) Jersey cattle club.
The Belmont County group’s activities that earned it the honor included: promotion of three calf clubs and distribution of about 60 calves; presentation of 18 moving picture shows, covering the county with the reel, Hearts and Jerseys; donation of three calves to the state Jersey sale; participation in the cow testing associations (more than three-fourths of the cows on test in these associations are Jerseys). The Barnesville testing association recorded an average per cow production for 1922 of 356.91 pounds fat, the highest in the state and possibly the world. The association also erected billboards on the west and east ends of the famous National Road that proclaimed: “Drink More Jersey Milk” and “You are Now in Belmont county, The Home of the Jersey Cow.”
50 years ago this week. The USDA announced plans to donate up to 50 million pounds of butter acquired under price programs to charitable institutions. This is in addition to the 24 million pounds of butter already being distributed to such outlets.
Section 32 funds are authorized by Congress to encourage additional consumption of agricultural commodities.
Central Ohio Breeding Association, COBA, just completed the most successful year of their operations. During 1952, 149,040 first services were bred, which is an increase of 27,800 more cows bred than the previous year.
Fifty-six hundred dairymen joined the association during the year, which brings the total membership up to 33,265 members.
Currently, 93 technicians are working in 57 counties.
25 years ago this week. Two harness racing horses were killed and a driver was injured in a freak accident at Lebanon Raceway. Track officials said one horse, I’m Naughty, was loose on the track following a collision of two sulkies that spilled the first horse’s jockey, rammed head-on into Charming Skipper, killing the first horse instantly.
Charming Skipper was ordered killed by its owner shortly after the accident when a veterinarian determined the horse had been seriously injured. Mike Wilson, driver of Skipper, suffered leg injuries and was treated at Middletown Hospital.