80 years ago this week. A con artist has been stopping at farms offering to cull flocks of hens for 1 cent per bird, and then buys the “culls” at a market price. One lady has a flock that has not laid an egg since it was culled, as the man who did the job took all the layers.
For the third consecutive year, W.T. Bennett of Lisbon won the National White Wyandotte cup and $20 in gold specials at the Cleveland poultry show. With 175 birds entered, Bennett’s birds placed first, second and fourth pen; third, cockerel; fourth pullet and the best display.
50 years ago this week. Approximately 80 farmers attended the annual Butler County Dairy Day. R.H. Olmstead, head of the dairy extension program at Pennsylvania State College, discussed grassland farming at the morning session.
Mr. Olmstead also reported that beef bulls are being included in the Pennsylvania artificial breeding program. The reason has been that dairymen desire to raise a few beef for their own use. They also believe that calving troubles will be minimized with the smaller calf sired by an Angus bull. Although only 8,000 cows have been bred with beef bulls, Olmstead fears that the entire dairy herd improvement program will fail if the stock is used for herd replacement. This is because beef bulls to not have milk or fat production bred in them.
25 years ago this week. Among the resolutions adopted by the Ohio Fair Managers Association during the annual meeting in Columbus was one recommending the regulation demanding a Coggins test on horses on exhibition be rescinded. Reasons for the request were the very, very low incidence of infectious equine anemia in Ohio; it was costly for the state to make all the tests; and it worked a hardship on 4-H members and fair management.