The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on September 17, 1959 · Page 34
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 34

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, September 17, 1959
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WHERE DO WE STAND IN Big changes are under way in the egg industry. To some this might look like <a modern new apartment building, but actually it's a new three-story laying house. This is -just a sample of the change occurring from the small sideline laying flock of 100 to 300 layers to today's modern egg production business enterprise. Instead of being a sideline to provide grocery money, egg production is rapidly becoming a major income producer on many farms. EVERY growing, changing business runs up against new problems and difficulties that must be solved. The egg industry is no different. For the past several years big changes have occurred. Flock size has been increasing, hens have been developed to produce more eggs during their lifetime, marketing patterns have changed, there has been some shifting of risks through new contract production programs and a new generation of consumers is demanding more built-in services in food products. Such changes are bound to create new problems that must be solved. The abundant supplies of eggs and the slim profits of the past several months clearly point out that much is yet to be learned in this complex business of producing • a perishable food product for today's modern consumer. Since you are the originator of this product you play an important part in helping provide the kind of eggs that are being demanded today. Lack of uniformity in quality is probably one of the biggest hurdles that must be met. Retailers buying in large volume need consistent quality. To meet this need, egg dealers and wholesalers are demanding uniform quality from all farms selling to them. To do this, uniform programs are being developed among farmers which often specify type of housing, feeding and management program to be followed and method of handling eggs at the farm level. This tends to help reduce the wide difference in egg quality between farms. A new program being developed and refined by flie United States Department of Agriculture offers some promise to egg producers in helping to solve the uniform egg quality problem. Under this program specific management procedures are recommended to the producer. Regular checks are made of his eggs for quality. So long as his eggs meet the established standards, they are eligible for labeling as "Fresh Fancy Quality." It is hoped that this program will help maintain confidence in the eggs bought and as a result aid the producer in expanding consumer demand. Farmers who rely on egg production to provide a major source of income can sometimes improve their profits by candling and grading their own eggs at the farm. This saves costs normally incurred by the egg buyer and results in added income to the producer. However, to make such an investment economical, you'll need to have at least 1,000 hens and have a good market available. If your local market is using automatic handling and grading equipment, you may not want to do this job yourself. Accurate records are important in any business. This egg producer knows that by keeping a record of each day's egg production, the amount of feed used and other costs, he can adjust his operation to make the most money possible. If hens drop in production and consistently fail to cover costs, he knows it right away and can cull out the loafers. Instead of them' costing him money, as they might without a set of records, this farmer is prepared to face the facts and then do something about them. Some egg handling and grading plants are finding it difficult to remain competitive with other dealers in the area. As a result, new equipment such as this is being installed across the country. Such electronic equipment can rapidly speed up the operation and greatly reduce handling costs. As a result, these plants can be more competitive price-wise and can provide the size, grade and quantity of eggs required by today's large retail buyers. GET Produce eggs for 1* to 6* a dozen /* less with Eggtober (Extra-Production Laying) Feeds containing Terramycin. In colleges and the field, researchers tried Terramycin. They averaged 45 extra eggs per hen per year with Terramycin— more than enough to equal Eggtober, the bonus month of egg production. They got: 3.7 to 24% better feed efficiency 6 to 37% increased egg production You can do it too with Eggtober Feeds and cut costs by getting these bonuses: • A big savings in feed ... up to 24% less per dozen eggs. • An earlier start to the laying season (pullets reach peak production sooner and maintain that peak longer). • Fewer laying slumps during normal or stress conditions . . . better egg production even in the presence of disease. • Maintained production later in the laying season . . . even when production "normally" drops. And get these bonuses with breeder flocks: • Up to 12% increase in hatchability. • Increased egg fertility. • Improved chick livability. • Greater eggshell strength. See your favorite supplier for Eggtober Feeds containing Terramycin . . . your way to produce eggs for up to &i less per dozen. Chas. Pfizer & Co., Inc. Brooklyn 6, N. Y. Science for the world's well-being EGGtober Feeds (Extra-Production Laying Feed) Teiramvciii •BAWD or oxmr*ACTcuir» ^I^Hr

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