The Delta Democrat-Times from Greenville, Mississippi on July 13, 1960 · Page 9
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Dairy Diary-I 30 Years Of Dreams No. 270 By IIARRY MARSH STONEVILLE - A tour of the Walker Farms Dairy laboratory tested, reveals a electronically charted, mechanically op- crated, scientifically planned, antiseptically clean plant for producing and processing milk and milk products. Visitors and especially school classes can tour the white build- Ings and green pastures anytime but they will not be able to see the myriad of human experiences that have turned Walker Farms from a flood-ravaged farm to a $2 million a year Mississippi industry. They won't hear about the teenager who traveled 2,000 buy a premium bargain irst 20 Guernsey cows Ixxight arrived at the farm. Ten days ater the barn . and . silo burned o the ground destroying cquir ment and feed. One night the herdsman and his. wife moved away without warning. By mid-1929.a new barn had been built'and the Ireenville Rotary Club held a meeting there ns guests of the Walkers. In 1910 Walker and his sons turned to the Carolina Guernsey herds and bought nine COWF. In 1933 Walker Farms had its first store opening--where milk bottled at the dairy would be sold at the store. The scene was on Poplar Street, Clarence Saunders store operat- mites to bull at a price. the In 1940 Camellia Plantation just across the' creek from tlic original farm was purchased,.the present site of. the dairy and a new barn'was built and L. J. Lane was'hired as herdsman. ' Walker · today 'describes t h e hiring of Lane as herdsman as "a red letter:day in the history of-bur operation." ;Lane is recognized as an expert in Guernsey breeding, and .management. That fall 18-year-old Jimmy and a Louisiana Slate University dairy specialist drove Jimmy's roadster o a Guernsey sale-at Topsficld lass., towing a horso trailer bc- onging to Dr. Witte of Lcland Their mission was to purchase Tells Experiences Those stories are bound into ed by Jimmy Crumpton. A Guernsey cow was tied at the curb dairyman who lurnetl detective to in front of the store and a con- catch a rustler or the night-time lest held to see who could guess mule races staged for Yankees, closest lo the number of ounces she would produce at the 4 p.m. milking. That same year some of the Walker Farm heifers were being grazed on the old Isenberg property north of Greenville that hat been purchased by Walker. Someone stole one of the registered heifers, pulled her through the fence and butchered her. Walker visited the hide shops regularly and one day found a Guernsey hide with the same pattern recorded on missing Keifer's registration papers. Police traced the seller who was tried for the crime. Judge Surprised The hide and registration pap- a ' little dairy kept through the years by Mrs. George B. Walker, wife of the founder of this enterprise, and come alive when he tells them. The 1927 flood left the Walkers looking at a miuldy farm on the banks of Deer Creek near Delta Branch Experiment Station, where he had tendent recently been for a decade. superm- A little cotton was coming up on the high spots. It was too late (o plant anything but livestock feed and at the end of the growing sea-i son they had a lot of feed anil no place to sell it. Walker had thought al»ut entering the dairy field for a long time. Now he moved in that direction. He bought some grade Jersey cows and at the same time wrote ers were introduced as evidence Jimmy was able lo drive on home ^ n L 0 :* rtr _ ,,.__,, i .t · !· · i . t i i it i i »..nn r ii J « M I n ^ i i L i i \trt. and the presiding judge comment ed that it was the first time hi even knew a cow had "finger prints." By 1539 Walker Farms wa milking 100 cows every day. To| all the national dairy associations m stock ha( , ljcc|1 has asking it they were interested. ^ j n Ncw York wiscQnsill| . in assisting victims of the flood. The Guernsey Cattle Club of Anv erica responded by sending their field secretory to see Walke who liked the nation-wide qualityj control program of the club and: the breed itself. During those early days Walk-! er's two sons, George Rac a n d j Jimmy, often joined the Negroes in the milking barn and then delivered cans of milk to stores in Greenville and Leland before going to school. Now George Rac is Dr. George Rae Walker, head of the Stoneville Pedigreed Seed Co., and Jimmy is James K. Walker, head of Walker Farms. Barn Bums Income from th» dairy some times totaled $52 a week in those Carolinas and elsewhere. Thursday Night young .Guernsey bull named Pi «r Flying Horse Royal. They iked him because of the qual fications listed . in the Guernsey catalogue. Walker had told his on he could bid $1,000. When Jimmy phoned bauk the night be ore the sale that it would lake $2,500 lo buy Piper, his father old him "to leave him up there.' But young Jimmy had become acquainted wilh the auctioneer- Louie Merriman, one of the great est of that trade--and told him he md driven all the way from Mis sissippi to buy the bull. Friendship Pays The next day when Jimmy bid $1,100 for the bull, Merriman told the crowd, "Let that little boy : rom Mississippi have that bull," and the crowd did. On the way daughters had a rating ot 84.4, very high. His 103 tested daugh-; ers on their 314 records averaged 8730 pounds of milk and 43G »unds of buttorfal on ten month tests. One of his daughters, Valker Farms Piper Nimble, had three test records exceeding 800 pounds of butterfat. "Everyone who has ever bought a Piper daughter has been well pleased," comments Walker. One Piper daughter sold for $1,700 in 1953. Not all purchases of breeding stock have been so successful. In the farm paid $3,000 for a six month old calf. Six months later the a n i m a l developed spleen ami liver trouble and despite extensive treatment died. Eight heifers were produced by this animal. In 1911 the dairy began pasteurizing. That same' year the dairy provided 90 gallons of milk for 1700 soldiers wlw bivouacked overnight at Leland. Later in the! same year 175 Guernsey breeders attending the American Dairy Association convention in Memphis came by chartered bus to Stone-! ville for supper wilh entcrtaln-j ment by a plantation Negro band- and night mule races where the! heifer pasture is now. j "That put Walker Farms before! the American Guernsey breeders; many of them I think I'm mceling for the first time tell me what a fine lime they had here, I'm sorry I didn't gel a reg- home, a car in Memphis hit Jim- .^ of (hc ucsts/ , my s car anil skinned up the bull. and later collected SHOO from the other driver's insurance. The bull's daughters sold by Walker Farms have brought in more than $100,000. More of his daughters have received higher Guernsey Cattle Club Classifica- the only twins on record that developed so that Ijoth classified excellent. Both production and distribution has expanded. The Walkers believe it is because of the big de-j mand for high quality milk. Wednesday, July 13, I960 MODERN DAIRY LAYOUT -- This is how Walker Farms home (bin,- herd's pastures and barns and the Walker Farms processing plant lool today, niilk from the herd is obtained mechanically and is piped directly into cold storage tanks, thence to the processing plant and distributed by refrigerated 1 (rucks. tion than any other daughters (This is the first of a two part of a single bull. His 96 classifiedlseries) Dr. Colvard Will Address MSU Alumni From Three Counties Alumni of Mississippi State Un- .versity from three counties--Bol- Washinglon Sunflower and converge Greenville R. Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. for the annual meeting nf District 9 at American Legion Home Highway No. 1 North. Dr. D. W. Colvard, new presi- secretary, will also be speakers' at the three-county meeting that days and by mid-December the dent of Mississippi State Universi "Perfect Sleeper'' y, will be the chief speaker at; v -- " " ·· J he meeting. Head Coach WarJe Walker and (Bob) Williams, alumni 1 a crowd '"- down! First mattress scientifically designed to help prevent Fatigue Build-Up! · Patented SertaEiner construction ... slender ribbons ol sleel distribute weight perfectly, help prevent Fatigue Buifd-Up! · Smooth-top construction--no buttons, no bumps! · Extra Isvelizing layerj · Quilted borderswon'lbreak / )MiII=» r«l«111nn HOME APPLIANCE COMPANY Phone ED 2-1503 Highway 82 E. is expected to attract of around 500. Dave Dunaway of Greenvil!e,| :~ president of the Mississippi State A l u m n i Association for Washing- Count)', will preside over the big rally here. Officers for the three - county district will be elected. Tliis is Dr. Colvard's first visit to the Delta region in the Greenville area. Victor Ayres o! Leland, vice president of the County Alumni Association, will be in charge of the program. N'ewman Bolls is the secretary. One of the largest attended Mississippi State alumni rallies is expected for Thurday night here. Dr. Colvard, former dean o f l agriculture at North Carolinai Slate College, became the twclf-i th president of Mississippi Stale University on July I. He succeeds Dr. Ben F. Hil va rd, a 46-year-old native of Ashe County. i In outlining the criteria t h e Board of Trustees of Institutions nf Higher Learning .searched for Jn the new president of Misslssip-', i State, President Ch.irles D.' air of Louisville, said, "Th c lan's age .should be such as lo ssure years of service; he! lould be formally trained in a anner commensurate with the wsition; he should be an educat- man of broad and balanced! earning, and, finally, he should ave that indefinable, and yet very real, capacity to evoke the jest m his people and to work n harmony with the faculty, the tudents, the alumni, the Goard if Trustees, and the public. 'Such a man, we believe, is' )r. Colvard, our unanimous choice as president of Mlssissip- )i State University." As dean of agriculture. Dr. Col-, vard directed a program of tea- 1 ching, research and · extension that reached every co'.mty ·' in North Carolina. I During his seven years as dean, Dr. Colvard worked lo build a program that would serve the total needs of agriculture. He appointed many of the top people in the School of Agriculture who' helpcil him plan and carry out his program. Mississippi State students, now! Iwme on vacation, are extended a special invitaton to attend, Tuesday. Already more than 200' persons have advised they attend. bun, who has server! his nlma mater for almost a half-century. "Mr. Ben" has served as direc- Dr. D. W. COLVARD president. Upon his retircmeni he will be named president emei itus of Mississippi State. In accepting the presidency Dr. Colvard said, "I nm accepting the position because of the broader educational responsibili-' ty it offers me and because of the overwhelming invilalion f have had from the people of Mis-j Democratic convention, sissippi." Acceptance of the Mis-i KENNEDY'S BULLETIN j LOS ANGELfiS (AP) - Sup-' porters of Sen. 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