Read it Again: Week of April 11, 2002


80 years ago this week. Dr. B. H. Edgington, state veterinarian, is warning livestock producers to alert for foot and mouth disease. Joining him at the meeting in Youngstown was Dr. Munce, Pennsylvania state veterinarian. Dr. Edgington is not fearful of an outbreak in eastern Ohio, but “he declares that England is badly infested with the disease and it is getting worse.”

Frank Boron, who confessed to judges S.P. Emery and J.A. McLaughry that he was guilty of a liquor law violation charged against his father, was sentenced to attend church every Sunday for two years, in addition to a fine of $200 and costs.

The Guernsey Home farm dispersal of 60 Guernsey cattle, offered by H.C. and E.B. McCamon north of Lisbon, attracted buyers from West Virginia to Michigan. The top price was $390, and the head of the herd, Hayes Raider of Waddington Farm, brought $340.

50 years ago this week. Clarence Monter of Washington Township, Stark County, possesses one of the most unique Holstein dairy calves ever shown in Farm and Dairy. The heifer has the typical black and white coloring, though hair on her rump is fawn colored. Her ears are smaller than normal and her rear feet rest flat upon the ground. When she walks, she leaps and bounds all over the place, with head raised high. The attending veterinarian and persons who have seen the calf agree that the sire was a buck deer.

In 1951, 121,240 cows were bred in the area served by Central Ohio Breeding Association. In breeding this large number of cows, COBA technicians used 173,557 gallons of gas and 720 tires during the year. On the average, each technician drove one and a half times around the world. During the last five years, Central Ohio Breeders Association has grown from a small cooperative of 6,600 members in 26 counties to 28,471 members in 56 counties.

25 years ago this week. Farmers in eastern Pennsylvania have got their hands full fighting to save a farm from becoming a landfill. Room-packed hearings and petitions with signatures of more than 10,000 sympathetic farmers have been presented in Lancaster County where brothers John and Abram Barley, 31 and 37 years of age, are threatened with a sanitary landfill on their farm. The dairymen keep 400 Holsteins and make an average of 16,000 pounds of milk per cow.

Using the law of eminent domain, the Lancaster County Refuse Authority has filed a “declaration of taking” with the court, demanding 58 acres of the best land on the farm. This would leave the brothers only 49 acres at their home base, 22 of this cropland. The Refuse Authority argues that they must secure land somewhere, and that there will be objection no matter where they select a site. This site is not near any suburban homeowners, who are pretty sure to object to a landfill, and the amount of land involved would be gobbled up in less than three years anyway, they said.

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