The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on June 11, 1946 · Page 15
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 15

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, June 11, 1946
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'{. Takes Lifetime to Build a •Good Herd, Says Soderberg HOLSTEIN BREEDER HERDDEVELOPM'NT The observations and viewpoints of one of Kossuth county's most successful dairy farmers are well worth knowing. For Herman Soderburg, who today has a herd of 36 Holstein milk cows and 30 young cattle, with two-herd sires, has been at it all his life—from the time he was big enough to sit on a milk stool—in his own words. And. his story, of course, is similar to that of many other of the outstanding farmers of this county. Al Swea City a Year Herman was born in Algona and moved with his parents to a farm near Swea City when five years old. The next -year they moved closer to Bancroft and have lived in the Bancroft neighborhood ever since. In 1915 he moved with his parents to the farnr he is now on, formerly known as the Peterson 'and Crowell farm, four miles north and 1 Vz west of Burt. In 1922 his folks moved to another farm, and Herman himself married and farmed the place with his brother for two years, and , since then has farmed for himself. 30 Years Same Place .' Thus he has been 30' years on the same place, and as he puts it, .it shows fliat co-operation between the landlord and tenant can. last for many years. -"•WThe job of building' a. good paiairy herd of dairy* cows-is'more P .than a two or three year job;" he ['says. "It is a lifetime job"." . i "Better sires and better .dams i .rwith good feeding :arid close culling is the"answer .to better dairy Chords.". : . . Befiart Herd in 1935' • In 1935, Herman purchased two purebred cows from H'. H. Walker and Son of Swea City. '•'This was the beginning of the Soderberg Holstein herd of to- iday. He decided to start the purebred herd in 1932 when he .joined the cow-testing association. By testing he eliminated the poor cows., and in 1935' practically eliminated the old herd. Since then he has practiced con- •'.1 • "'" '-T-- >k"r .**, Herman Soderberg tinucd culling of poorer cows, both grade and purebred, and also buying better purebred cows and'sires until now he has only three grade cows out of 36. These three are better producers than some purebreds, he adds. In 1932, with a herd of 16, his average butterfat was 212 Ibs. and his milk yield average was 6161 Ibs, In 1943, with 28 cows, his average butterfat volume was 342.2 Ibs. and his average milk yield was 10,234 Ibs. During the later war years the herd improvement record keeping was slowed down as the association was without a tester, until early 1946. Had'Gows Classified Herman also believes in having his-cows classified as to type. He has had all his cows looked over by an 1 inspector. This work improves type as well as production of a herd. At-present he has three cows classified as "Very Good/' arid the rest "Good-Plus," "Gobd," and several <% Pa:r." The senior herd sire; King Bessie «Tritomia Mercedes, is elassi* fled Very Good as a four-year- old, the highest racing- a bull of his age can get. In 1944 he won the grand championship at the dislx it.Black and White Holstein show. In Herman's footsteps are his sons,- Jerome and Philip, who are taking an active-sinterest in 4-H work, Gerald and Lorraine have been members and have won a number of honors. On June 25, part of the Soderberg herd will be at the district show in Algona. Invite Fa'rniers To Field Day At Ames Whether Kossuth county's farmers fly or drive to the grass- clover field day at Iowa State college June 11 and 12, they'll find a full program scheduled, A. L. Brown, county extension director said this week. The field day originally planned as a one day event has been expanded to two clays to better accommodate the large group expected to attend, Mr. Brown said. Identical field day programs will be conducted each day. Visitors will assemble at the agronomy farm where they will be divided into small groups to tour the experimental fields. Here they will see the results of work on lim-ng, fertilization and crop rotation, under way since 1915. Fields of corn, oats, hay and soybeans and the dollars and cents return from different systems will be reviewed. Both at/this farm and at the Soil Conservation Nursery, where the' afternoon sessions are to be icld, a number of trials with different legumes and grasses will be viewed. Field day visits also will see some new forages which show promise in Iowa. A feature of the program will be demonstrations of approved methods of preparing seed beds for grasses and legumes. At least two machines—one a combination packer and seeder and a bromegrass seeder will be shown. Haymaking with self-tie twine, and wire baler's also will be demonstrated and bale loading equipment will be operated. Didn't Like It, Residents of Eagle Grove complained recently about the "terrible taste" Of the city water. They were surprised to find that- due to difficulties the water treatment plant had been temporarily out of the system and the evil-tastinj/ water was simply the "raw water" that Eagle Grove residents used to drink—and like—.before the water plant was installed. ADDING MACHINE Roils Jor SH'I. at the AlKoria' Upoer Des Moinet You Bet! You Get Better Milking with a Globe 'Grand Champion' MFIKEi (Power Unit on Pail) •' ELECTRICAL—just plug it in to any outlet. ®" PORTABLE—use it indoors, outdobrs, anywhere. ' ® SELF-CONTAINED—milk pail and unit in one. • COMPACT—it's light weight and easy to handle. « FOR EVERY FARM—single unit for small herd; double unit for large herds. IMMEDIATE DELIVERY! DAIRY SUPPLIES « MILK CANS • MILK PAILS * STRAINERS * FILLER DISCS g SALUTES "MR& DAIRY COW" § FOR TOE N G RE AT JOB SHE HAS DONE/ rf we - WELL, HERE WISHING YOU OF l')^l%%?

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