Read it Again: Week of March 28, 2002.


80 years ago this week. Donald S. Bell has been appointed assistant in the animal industry department at the Ohio experiment station in Wooster and will be in charge of sheep experiments.

The Carrollton Creamery Company is receiving about 800 cases of 30-dozen eggs each week. last week, it was paying only 18 cents a dozen, the lowest price since 1917.

Veterinarian Wesley Laughlin of Burton recently performed a Caesarean operation on a cow in Farmington. The cow was saved, but the calf was a freak, born with two sets of hindquarters, even feet and two tails. It is being preserved as a curiosity.

50 years ago this week. In 1951, Russell Kiko’s registered Holstein dairy herd topped all others in Stark County on HIR testing. In charge of milking throughout the period were Dick and Dan Kiko, ages 11 and 10, respectively. The brothers modestly discount the achievement, preferring to think of it as just another year of milking. However, 1951 is the first year they performed the chore by themselves.

Kiko has established a plan under which each of his 10 children will own his own foundation herd by age 21 in exchange for daily chores. All newborn females will belong to the owner; Mr, Kiko, in turn, will get the milk and bull calves. Other children in line to get a calf are Wanda, age 10; Fred, 8; Jim, 7; Tom, 7; Joe, 5; Bill, 4; Jean, 3; and Marge, 6 months.

25 years ago this week. Veterinary medicine is taking a new hog disease, pseudorabies or Aujesky’s Disease, pretty seriously. The Ohio Pork Producers Council has recommended that county fairs eliminate breeding hogs at their shows this fall, limiting the show to slaughter hogs. The Ohio Department of Agriculture has endorsed this idea.

So far, only one fair has reported that it will comply. Others have said they will include hog classes in the catalog but might cancel the show at the last minute if any spread of the disease makes it seem wise. In Congress, Birch Bayh of Indiana is offering an amendment to the Agriculture Appropriations Bill to provide around $400,000 for research into the growing problem of pseudorabies. Research institutions are working on a killed vaccine which would provide a safe vaccination, but nothing has been approved yet.

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