The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on June 18, 1959 · Page 31
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 31

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, June 18, 1959
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um munstu (mm) tows onr a wt or flmtont track tint with Bart Rtrttr.of Smith's Flnttont, In Rwtoood Fillt. "I'LL BACK UP ANYTHING THEY SAY ABOUT FIRECTONES they re that good a tire!" says W. H. (Bill) Munsell, of Ray Munsell & Son, Franklin, Minnesota. "Dad and I always like a good thing. Firestone truck tires and Firestone service are just that-they're both mighty dependable. HI back up anything they say about Firestones. They're that good a tire. Farmers all over the country are finding Firestone truck tires save them money! It's only natural, too, because they're built with Firestone Rubber-X, the longest wearing rubber ever used in Firestone tires! And with Firestone S/F (Shock-Fortified) cord, they stand up to the hardest knocks farm tires have to take! An£ • there's a Firestone tire for every farm truck from half-ton pickups to heavyweight.'" haulers. If you want extra low-cost mileage for farm to market runs, buy the Firestone famous Transport tire. For positive traction in muddy feed lota on slippery roads or in soft fields, economical Firestone All Traction or Super All Traction tires are your best buy. See your Firestone Dealer or Store and find out how^Firestone truck tires give you extra service .at no extra cost! See the complete line of Firestone tractor and implement tires, too And remember, the Firestone Free New Tractor Tir? Leaner Service keeps your tractors working while your Firestone Dealer or Store retreads or repairs your- old tractor tires. SAVE AND BE SURE . with Firestone tires on.all your wheels! SUKR AIL TRACTION DC LUXE CHAMPION BETTER RUBBER FROM START TO FINISH Copyright 1959, The FirMtone Tire &, Rubber Company KEEP HOGS COOL A summer temperatures go up, hog gains decline and feed needed per pound of gain increases. Extensive research on cooling methods in recent years shows how to counteract the effects of heat on hog production. Nature's way —'mud wallows and shade — is fairly effective. Of course, there are problems. Shade alone doesn't do a complete job. Mud wallows, while they will do the job, should be avoided because they are a harbor for disease. ' - In research trials, hogs that had access to either concrete or steel wallows plus shade had a much higher average daily gain than hogs that had shade only. These wallows should be drained regularly, cleaned and filled with fresh water. This will help hold disease in check Also, steel wallows can be towed out on to pastures. This will prevent hogs from rooting holes in fields. Water spray cooling has also been extensively tested. When coupled with shade it has been the most effective method used so far. Purdue University records show that "sprayed" hogs gained two pounds, or better daily through the heart of the summer in two out of the last three years. The other year the hogs gained 1.75 pounds daily. Spray nozzles should be used which deliver no more than two gallons hourly. ' Air-conditioned buildings for hogs are in the e*peri- mental stage but a few commercial farmers are using them. One operator in Indiana figures that the increased feed efficiency that he will obtain with an air-conditioned finishing house will pay for the air conditioner in five years. While" there isn't enough data to make recommendations at this time, the early results look extremely favorable. ,It may be the "coming thing" in improving summer hog gains. Shipping hogs to market-in the summer is another problem, that has come up for considerable research. In a recent USDA study trucks were equipped with sprinklers and hogs were wetted down periodically. This.resulted in . a 31.22 decrease in shrink in 16 tests. "Unsprinkled" hogs lost an average of 226 pounds more weight per truck load. Also, in the 16 test loads, six hogs died in the trucks not equipped with sprinklers while no death loss occurred in the sprinkler equipped trucks. These trucks should be Tjedded with sand, Cakes of ice can also aid in keeping the hogs cool. '__ In summary, it is safe to say that providing a good, clean way for your hogs to stay cool will pay out dividends this summer, Daily gains will be higher, feed conversion will stay at an efficient level and death Joss will be less.

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