Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on October 12, 1949 · Page 10
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8 Mason City Globe-Gazette Meaning fault U With rom 700 veraaeb a This is Bortz with Boulder Bridge Mikado, -new herd sire on the Willow Drive Guernsey farm. As sire he is expected to help produce heifers which will have production records far higher than any now in the herd. Mikado comes from the Boul-. der Bridge farm in Minnesota. He was born Nov. 28, 1948, and his 3 nearest dams have an average of 734 pounds of butterfat a year. His 5 nearest tested dams averaged 727 pounds a year. His own dam ha-; a 674 pound average as a 4 year old. If his daughters inherit that blood from him, they should produce more than their dams, none of which have records approaching those of Mikado's dams. That the bulls can transmit high production qualities to their daughters is a proven fact. An example of this is shown in a recent study of 43 bulls used for artificial breeding purposes since 1942. The averagoproduc- tion of 394 daughters of these bulls was 10,832 pounds of milk and 442 pounds of butterfat. Their dams averaged 10,323 pounds of milk and 414 pounds of butterfat, according to Bob Fincham, extension dairyman at Iowa State college. Bortz now is waiting for a new herdsman to help him care for his growing herd. He is Melvin Johnson who has been working at a dairy in Hopkins, Minn., just outside of Minne- _ apolis. He replaces Roy Taylor, ^ the former herdsman, who was forced to quit because of ill health and now is seeking admittance to the Veterans administration hospital in Minneapolis, Bortz said. Taylor was an excellent herdsman and he was soi'ry to lose him, the farmer said. He hopes to have him return some day, he said, but that is likely to be a long time in the future because Taylor hopes to finish his schooling after' he is released from the hospital. -- A herdsman is essential on the Willow Drive farm because, in addition to the 160 acres he owns, Bortz has rented on shares 160 additional acres across the road. The main barn beyond the bull was built in 1942—the cover picture shows it better — or rather it was rebuilt from lumber in the previous barn. It cost him only $1,200, Bortz said. The new addition, beyond Bortz in the picture, was built since the war and cost a good bit more, he admitted, even though he spent only a little more than $100 on labor. The rest was done by himself and the hired man. Fighting Newcastle With Killed Virus A program designed to aid in the control of Newcastle disease in Iowa poultry flocks by using killed virus vaccine has been outlined by Dr. C. D. Lee, extension veterinarian at Iowa State college. Using killed vaccine avoids the danger of new infection that may occur with the use of live vaccine unless strict precautions are taken. Lee says that hatcherymen would be wise to have supply flocks immune before saving eggs. He recommends vaccinat- ing all birds at the ume they are handled for culling and blood testing. That gives the flock maximum protection during the hatching season and also gives the maximum amount of inherited immunity to the chicks. As part of the program, chicks that are sent to communities known to be infected can be vaccinated with the killed vaccine at the time they are put on the farm. Chicks vaccinated with killed virus at an early age may be immuned for 5 months or more. However, it is desirable that they be vaccinated again when they are housed in the fall, according to Lee. Outwitting Mice Cuts Tree Injury Best way to keep mice from damaging fruit trees is to capitalize on their fears and habits. H. E. Nichols, horticulturist at Iowa State college, says field mice injure roots of fruit trees, especially apples, and at almost any age of the tree. Most damage is noticed where trees, are growing in bluegrass. When the grass freezes, mice will girdle tree bark at the ground line. Cutting away the sod that surrounds the tree trunk 11 feet in all directions then tramping the soil firmly creates an area offering no cover. Mice, fearful of being ca.ught by hawks, will not venture across or work in tree trunks without benefit of cover. Wire guards placed on very young trees to prevent rabbit injury usually will prevent mouse injury- Added protection from mice can be had by using poisoned oats or wheat, says Harold Gunderson, extension entomologist. He recommends putting pieces of board or tar paper on the grass under the drip area of the tree. If any mice are present they will construct runways under this cover. All that needs to be done then is to place poison in the runways. IOWA SHOE BROKERAGE! WHERE YOU BUY YOUR FAVORITE BRANDS FOR LESS Prefect Your HEALTH! KEEP YOUR FEET DRY!! HEAVY DUTY 4-BUCKLE OVERSHOES Heavy duty for tough going and hard wear. You can't beat this overshoe for quality at this low price. Come in and see them before you buy. 3 First Quality 2-Buckle STORM RUBBERS "Heavy Duty" rubbers that will keep your shoes dry in any weather. Made to stand up under the toughest jobs. Priced at only— ~ Intensive Control Needed for Flies Ames — Large numbers of house flies arrived early this year, and the effect they will have on health and living conditions for the rest of the summer 11 depend largely on the con- measures taken, Earle un, extension entomologist at /a State college. Still the most important factor in controlling flies is sanitation, Raun said. He urged that lowans clean up refuse and trash piles and other places that may harbor flies. For city fly control, the entomologist suggested a thorough ground spraying of garbage cans and alleyways. Heavy applications of DDT as spray will havo a residual effect, and flies hatching later will be killed by it, he said. Walls and ceilings of food handling establishments may be sprayer, but care should be taken to keep DDT from direct contact with food and cooking utensils. J. R. Dorsey Auctioneer Phone 3242-W For sole dotes Enrollment Goal of 4-H Is 50,000 Iowa 4-H club members are marching to the tune of "50,000 in '50," during October. That's the membership goal toward which Hawkeye state 4-H'ers are striving this year. During October, 4-H club members, local club leaders, county extension personnel and state 4-H club leaders are extending an invitation to all boys and girls throughout the state between the ages of 10 and 21 to join the 4-H club. There are 2,400 clubs organized in the state today. These clubs attained a membership of over 43,000 during the 1949 club year which was an all-time high for Iowa. This means that an increase of 7,000 members are needed to meet the 1950 goal. About 1 in 3 eligible young people are enrolled in the club program now*so there is plenty of room for the increase. The club movement has been on a steady increase since 1934, except for the wartime slump to 22,393 members in 1943. Iowa 4-H clubs reached previous all-time peaks in 1947 and 1948 with the latter figure of 40,000 showing an increase o.£ 6,000 over the previous year. TIME TO TEST SOIL In spots where oats didn't do too well this year, you may have had a shortage of nitrogen. This is a good time to have soil tests made. You can locate the poor spots, and a test will help tell you what is needed. Your county extension director can tell you how to take a soil sample. FRESH WATER BEST Providing running water in the laying house is the easiest way to insure a steady supply of clean, fresh water for the hens, says W. R. Whitfield, Iowa State college extension poultryman. Many Iowa farmers are making good use of electric fencing in rotating grazing. IOWA SHOE BROKERAGE 202-204 SOUTH FEDERAL MASON CITY FIELD CONDITIONS ARE NOW IDEAL FOR SPREADING Agricultural LIMESTONE WE ARE IN POSITION TO MAKE IMMEDIATE DELIVERY IDEAL SAND AND GRAVEL Co. Mason City Phone 551

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