The Austin Daily Herald from Austin, Minnesota on December 10, 1958 · Page 14
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The Austin Daily Herald from Austin, Minnesota · Page 14

Austin, Minnesota
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Wednesday, December 10, 1958
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Adult Ag Class to Discuss Public Relations Problems "Agriculture'* PuWIe Relations Will tat the topic for this week's adult agriculture meeting at 8 p. m. Thursday in Room 124 of the Austin Area Vocational School. Charles Painter, class instructor, tald public relation* ranks second only to surpluses In the farming problems. Many consumers are hostile to the farmer because of cither a misunderstanding or misinformation. Retail food prices are today considerably low In proportion to other prices than they were 20 years ago. The farmer's share of the retail food dollar has become considerably less. Subsidies paid to farmers often are greatly exaggerated. Less than half the Department of Agriculture expenditures represent direct aid to the farmer. Some of the services such as wild life benefit no particular group but all occupational classes. Panel members will again review the discussion and raise questions. Several conclusions were drawn from last week's meeting on agricultural surpluses. Panelist* were Rarlow Sayles, William Bartlett and Marion Peterson. Next Wednesday, the group will 4-H Dairymen to Get Awards at Banquet Four-H dairy exhibitors will have their night Monday when the annual awards banquet is held in Queen of Angels Church hall in Austin, starting t-t 7 p.m. Awards earned at the county fair, the breed championships and reserve championships; showmanship honors; and other trophies will be presented. As in other years, awards will be made all exhibitors by the breed associations and the dairy processors of the county. While awards and recognition are the prime interest, the lighter side hasn't been overlooked. Entertaining will be Maurice Lenzer, an Austin Junior College instructor, who will give up facts for a bit of slight of hand fancy. Lenzer traveled for several yean and used magic tricks to entertain young audiences while talking on dental care. From this work, he developer 1 a magic act, which is now just a hobby. Lenzer calls his presentation "Slight of Hand Trickery." Tickets are available through the county extension office. hear Luther Pickml, University of Minnesota economist. The meeting was shifted to Wednesday to accommodate Dr. Pickerel's schedule. One of the purposes of this series is to acquaint everybody with the problems agriculture fac es," Painter said. "In southern Minnesota, both the farmer and city friend have a vital stake to the solution of these problems. Both farmers and non-farmers are invited to the meetings. By DAVE OWEN Under\Haystack ' State Sheep Breeders Will Hold Annual Bred Ewe Sale Here Saturday AUSTIN AREA and Southern Minnesota farmers will once again have a chance to pick up good lambs at he Bred Ewe Sale in Crane Pavilion on the Mower County Fairgrounds. The Minnesota Sheep Breeders Assn., sponsors of the sale, have over 50 head qonsigned to the sale, represent- ng seven major breeds. Several 4-H members, interested in &e sheep project, have their eyes on this sale. And farmers interested in adding new lines to their flocks will attend. Auctioneers will be Cols. Hull and Wendorf. A RATION TO feed 400 or FPA members and feed five x>und calves to market in eight months was outlined by Robert Jacobs, University of Minnesota specialist, on the beef tour lapt week. The all-grain ration Jacob's rec- >mmended is: 9.9 pounds cracked corn 1.5 pounds soybean meal 2.0 pounds oats 3.0 pounds alfalfa , In the test, the calves gained 607 pounds in eight months at a cost of 25 cents per day. Jacobs eported the feed bill on these :alves was $84.73 and figuring $35 eeder cattle cost, he said a feeder would come out at $27.80 selling price. This allows $16.50 labor, 8 interest, $10 equipment and mis- celleanous expense, $8 marketing expense and the original cost and feed cost. A dollar increase in feeder prices means the feeder needs 40 cents more for the finished cattle. THE LEAGUE GROUP on the beef tour reflected (1) a growing interest in the beef business and (2) the fact that field work was done, the weather was clear and cattlemen bad some time. PLANS ARE IN the mill now for the Outstanding Young Farmer Award of the Austin Jaycees. Start thinking about persons to nominate for this honor. ENTRY BLANKS for the 1959 five-calf project are available and should be completed. Again this year, participants must be 4-H PURE PEP & PUBELUBE MOTOB OIL Prompt Tank Wagon Service For Bulk Gas and Fnel Oil BE SURETY WITH PURE PHONE HE 3-2089 MOWER COUNTY OIL CO 1202 E. BROWNSDALE AVE., AUSTIN, MINN. steers or heifers. They will be judged on rate of gain, cost of gain, total cost, carcass grade, live grade, net profit and the experience gained from the project. Persons interested should contact their FFA adviser or the extension office. THE 4-H GOOD grooming contest will be dropped this year, Ron Seath, 4-H club agent, said. Clubs may continue to hold local contests, but there will be no county contest. Workshops on grooming will be held by several clubs and this program will replace the county contest. A BRISK upturn in purebred beef business was reported by the American Hereford Assn. this week. They found a 34,000 increase in registrations and transfers over the previous year. Total registrations were 453,623 and j transfers were 247,532. Rain - nourished grass In the west was credited with the upturn in the beef breeding herd business. Austin FFA Places 2nd in Milk Contest Austin's FFA team won second in a clean milk products contest held in conjunction with the annual meeting of Rochester Dairy Cooperative Saturday. First FFA team was Spring Grove with Goodhue third. High individual was Marshall Ronnigen Zumbrota. Representing Austin in the milk house sanitation milking utensil cleaning and raw milk scoring contests were Daryl Benson Oliver Hillier, Ernest Hoag, Gay Morrell and Paul Soli. The team was trained by S. L. Wellman, Austin city sanitarian, and Don Ritland, Austin FFA adviser and coach. ITIST TUB! IATTLE FINISHING LOT —Loren Loucks looks Ing lot. He has shell corn in the Harover part of his hog herd In the finish- vestor. 600-800 Hogs a Year Move Through Loren Loucks Barn Six crops of hogs a year have taken the chances out of marketing hogs for Loren Loucks, young Austin area farmer. "With hogs coming along all the time, they pusn the 200-pound- ers out into the market," he explained. "I haven't the space or the feed to keep them and try to out guess the market. I just seir." And this "just selling" has worked out for Loucks. In 1935, when hog prices hit the bottom of the price cycle, the lowest he received was 12 cents, luckily not having any pigs for market when prices hit the dime. 600400 Hogs Annually Loucks raises between 600 and 800 hogs annually on a multiple farrowing basis. He has 60 sows divided into three somewhat equal groups that farrow twice a year. The center of the hog operation is a 96-foot log hog house, with a granary on the. south end and a hay barn-hog shed on the north. "The building is basically an old one, but the floors, walls, ceilings and pens have been put in the past few years," Loucks explained. 2 Area House The hog house is divided into areas, farrowing and starting. The sows farrow in pens and the pigs are weaned between four and six weeks. The west pens are heated by an electric cable imbedded in the cement floor and the east pens by 125 watt heat bulbs. Loucks uses a light bulb to attract the pigs to the heated area and a heat lamp the first few days. After weaning, the pigs are moved to the south end of t h e house, the growing area, where they have access to an outside lot, and the sows go back to the shed along one side of the hay barn and a new group of gals move into the farrowing house after it's cleaned. They will be in the growing area for a month and then move to the hay barn shed in the winter, and alfalfa-clover pasture in the summer. Seeks Cheap Gain "Here's where I try to get some cheap gain, on. pasture," Loucks explained. The cheap gain at this stage of feeding is important in Ijis operation. The pigs weigh about 100 pounds when they move into the finishing lot, with an unused hay bunker in the center from the days it was a beef lot. At 200 ponds, the pigs go to market with about three-fourths being sold on grade and yield. Designed Own Scale The granary, like most of the older buildings, has been remodeled by Loucks. He put in overhead bins for 7,500 bushels oats storage and 1,000 bushels of shell corn. The grain in augured to a scale box, which is balanced on an old platform scale. The weight reduction is 6 to 1, so the samll scale can handle large weights. From the scale box, the grain moves to the hammermill, which unloads into the portable mixer with an unloading auger. The mixer is moved to the feeders fen- direct unloading. Feed has to be carried to the farrowing house. Loucks mixed protein, corn and oats for most of the pigs, adds hay for the growing pigs, and hand-feeds hay to the sows. The hogs in the finishing lot have one Seek Use for Corn-Off-Cob Loren Loucks Young Farmer after putting 300 pounds potash and 200 pounds starter fertilizer on the land. Land Is Fixed Cost "When you rent, the land is a fixed cost whether you raise 50 feeder with protein and oats and;bushels or 100 bushels," Loucks the other filled with shell corn. Harvester for Corn This feeder is near the Harvester, the one building Loucks owns himself. He stored 7,000 bushels of shell corn, about 30 per cent moisture, which is augered into the feeder. Loucks also keeps a 70-ewe sheep flock "to clean up the woods." He has about 20 acres of woods and uses some supplemental pas- said. '^That's why I shoot for 100, that's when you can make some money." Loucks rents from his father, Art, who retired two years ago, built a new house near the road, and draws social security. He helps his son with the farm work. Young Loucks started farming in 1946, after a World War II hitch I WASHINGTON - WEA) - partment of Agriculure scientists are dreaming up fantastic ways to turn corn into forms no corn- on-the-cob eater would recognitt. These new discoveries promise eventually to make a significant more profits (or farmers. Studies Indicate that possible new uses for corn in metallurgy, insecticides, paper, textiles, tan- nlng and other industries might take more than 400 million bushels of corn every year. That's about a ninth of the current annual corn crop. The big problem, of course, is time. It's a long way from a successful laboratory experiment to a commercially-useful product. Starch Is Key Most of these new uses depend on developing specialized types of corn, rich in important starches. One type—called hlgh-amylose corn—yields a starch scientists think can be formed into a manmade clothing fiber similar to high strength rayon. A textile fiber with properties like cashmere already is being produced from corn protein. This same high-amylose starch could be used as a water-resistant finish for clothing or for making disposable containers for insecticides. Tanning Agent A second type of com starch holds promise as a superior tanning agent for leather. The United States now imports a quarter of a billion pounds of tanning agents yearly. Still another corn starch seems to have value in making dripless paints. It also appears to be an excellent potential thickening agent in making cosmetics and oil well drilling muds. In their laboratories, these government scientists have found they can convert one type of corn starch into a strong, tough plastic. Department of Agriculture officials see a large potential market for cereal starches in the expanding paper industry, which now imports eight million tons of pulp and finished paper a year. These men think some of these corn and adhesion properties could be combined with paper pulp to add strength and increase the amount of paper a given supply of pulp would make. Possible Waterproofer Other scientists are working on ways to use grain products for moisture-proof coatings for concrete highways and as rubberlike materials in asphalt roads. These research men are trying Farm Calendar TODAY Woodland 4-H Club. Liebenstein to increase the effectiveness' of pesticides by combining them with amlno acids, dextrose or other substances made from grain. They're developing ways to use molds, yeasts, bacteria and other micro-organisms working on agricultural raw materials to produce antibiotics, vitamins, solvents and organic adds. Rice Wax Tetti They're experimenting with rice wax in the making of polishes and rust preventatives. they're wotklnf it using products to produce economical insulating board and pressed hardboard for building construction. The new types of corn the Department of Agriculture it Developing for many -of these products would sell for premium prices, thus bring the com farmer larger Income. Since the corn would end up in industry instead of on th« food markets, it would help cut the growing surpluses. CORN TANNED HIDE — Agriculture officials and research chemists examine a piece of leather that was tanned with starch made from corn. FARM NEWS 14-AUSTIN (Minn.) HERALD Wednesday, Dec. 10, '38 Rochester Dairy Has Sales, Volume Gains Increases in sales and milk volume in 1958 were reported at the annual meeting of Rochester Dairy Cooperative Saturday. The income wns $19,290,920 and the volume was 438,900,000 pounds. The patrons received $13,176,721 in cash and $88,284 in patronage credits. Operating expenses were $6,025,915. The net worth of the cooperative is over three million dollars, Charles Stube, general manager, said. Stube said the board of directors and management were making every effort to expand the (market for RDC products and were considering expansion of the milk drying facilities, but would delay such expansion until present \ facilities were utilized to the full- iert. I Directors re-elected were Harold iSearles and James Caufield, By- 'ron; Orville Kvam, Zumbrota; and Francis Whitcomb, Eyota. I Speaker at the session was Wil- jliam F. Groves, Madison, Wis., ifarm commentator, who told the j meeting "farmers are intellectual! ly lazy." We warned them of allowing government economists and planners to do their thinking for them. With rising and changing population, cooperatives need to raise | their sights to share in expanded ! markets and they need to shift ! their resources to meet market I changes. in the navy, and was in partner ;4-H Hall. ship with his dad. He took over married on a it to retired, and has three jure for the lambs. Last year he the farm hjmself found harvester corn forj a , basis and went to cash reflt the lambs, so he had to buy some w [ len j,: j_.i more dried corn. There are 250 acres in the farm which Loucks soil tests each year. He planted 10 acres corn, 60 acres oats, 20 acres hay, 20 acres pas- is children. "A year ago, when I was laid up, I gave a lot of thought to finding some other kind of work, but nothing else interested me," ture and has 20 acres in woods. L sai[]> then he continued) „, ljke The corn averaged 80 bushels, COMING Open House Showing of Model Push-Button Layer House Don't miss this free public demonstration of Poultry Science ot work. See how 10,000 layers can produce Minn. Grade AA eggs «t push-button efficiency! Tuesday, December 23 At Austin, Minn., V» mile West off Highway 218 North. (Turn West off Highwiy at Austin Seed Co.) Watch for Arrows. - SPONSORED BY AUSTIN SEED CO. - IN COOPERATION WITH - THf MANUFACTURERS OF THESE FAMOUS PRODUCTS Potman. POWTIY EQUIPMENT FORMULA FEEDS ARMCO STEEL BUILDINGS Let's Visit With Carol Pinney County Home Agent Holiday Decorating Ideas raising hogs, but the buildings ! still can be converted back to beei ;if I decide to switch." LeRoy 4-H Club, LeRoy Community Building, Christmas party. THURSDAY Dexterous 4-H Club, Monitor School, Christmas party. Windom 4-H Club, Liebenstein 4-H Hall, Christmas party. FRIDAY Consolidated Breeders Assn. annual meeting, Liebenstein 4-H Hall. HERE'S A MERRY Christmas idea for a party for either youngsters or adults. Tack one or two little jingle bells to the corner of each napkin. As guests lift their napkins, the jingling bells will ring around the room. That's the cue for a Christmas carol singing session — with the sound effects for "Jingle Bells" ready and waiting. A CHRISTMAS wreath adds a holiday touch to either the inside 'USE THIS 6000 G^ WE SAY IT LOUD TOi SERVE THIS FUEL, WERE MIGHTY PROUD or the outside of a home. Many of you like to make your own wreaths using evergreens. Wreaths of pine cones or a combination of cones, seed pods and small fruits and greens take longer to make but are especially attractive over a mantel or for centerpiece, as well as on a door. Mrs. Myra Zabel, extension home furnishing specialist at the University of Minnesota, suggests us ing rings or collars of Ib-inch whv mesh for the base. Make the ring or collar by cutting a circle about as large as a plate, then cut out the center by making a smaller circle 'inside the larger one. Use seed pods of various sizes, cones I cut crosswide into rosettes and jnuts to give variety. Fasten fine j wires to each piece, arrange the pods, cones and nuts into clusters and then wire them to the base. A small cone wreath placed on a bed of evergreen makes an attractive centerpiece with a tall candle in the center. WHAT'S CHRISTMAS without a tree? You'll have your customary Christmas tree, of course, but you may want some small trees for different areas of the house — for the children's rooms or to decorate a coffee table. For a lovely effect, trim a tiny tree with white popcorn and small gold pine cones. Or make a little pine cone tree by wiring a mesh cone full of tiny pine cones. You can make another kind of Christmas tree by making a cone of heavy paper and covering it with thick soapsuds. Decorate the tree with glitter or colored sugar. For the soap-snow,- pour a handful or .wo of soapi'lakes into a mixing bowl, add a small amount of wat- LETS VISIT (Continued on Page 15; SATURDAY Minnesota Sheep Breeders Assn. bred ewe sale, Crane Pavilion. MONDAY Udolpho 4-H Club, Blooming Prairie Community Building, Christmas party. Lodi 4-H Club. LeRoy Municl- The 14th annual National Bar- pal Building, Christmas party, row Show wiil be held in Aus-! Four-H Dairy Exhibitors ban- tin on Sept. 15 - 19, 1959. quet, Queen of Angels Hall. The dates for this annual na- TUESDAY lion-wide hog s,how wers fixed | Rural Youth banquet, Don Has- at a meeting of the National bargen speaker. BARROW SHOW'S COMING BACK Association of Swine Records, together with Austin representatives at Chicago. WEDNESDAY Rose Creek 4-H Club, Rose Creek School, Ronald Seath, 4-H story. More milk for less than r/2< per cow daily! With Land 0'Lakes Milk Maker "36 1 Yet it Costs Less than a Combination of Oil Meals Milk Maker "36" ia built to stimulate milk production for as little qs 1 y?.i per cow daily over grains and roughage. Milk Maker "36" contains molasses to give rumen microorganisms quick energy . . . irradiated yeast for Vitamin Dt . . . mineral balance for more milk production... and sulphur to help the cow make her own protein from urea. And it contains more protein than is found in a combination of oil meals—yet it costs less! Here's the program wllb good rcughgg* or potturti 1 lb. MUk Maker "38" 9 llx. (round (row wUh ovtreg* roughag* «r paitarti 2 lb*. MUk M*k«r "38" 8 lo*. ground (rain whti pew roughogt *r foitvtn 3 Iba. Milk Maker "36" 7 lb>. (round (raiu MOTS: Then ralioni are far a cole ntlklnf t gallon! a </u,v. Rule of thumb: Figurt t Uu. of tht about rattan far tack gallon of milk. LAND O'LAKES INC. Austin, Minn. 313 E. Bridge-HE 3-3070 HOSE CREEK PBODUCE Rot* Cr«ek, Minn. HE 7-4204 NEW and designed for YOU! JUST 180 MAN-HOURS TO BUILD THIS 36'x64' WAREHOUSE! lowest cost oil-steel building! You can buy the 36' x 64' Stron-Master for only $357.90 down, F.O.B. factory, for optional do-it-yourself construction. Check all these advantages! Only basic tools needed to build Wide choice of building sizes-widths 12 to 120 ft. Wide, full-length sheets-eave to ground Firesafe, easily insulated Easily enlarged later-no wasted material Stran-Steel Purchase Plan-'A down, balance 5 years. GET THE FULL STORY ON THE STRAN-MASTER! We offer you building service D Rush literature on Stran-Master D Send a representative to see me soon Name : Firm Address____ Phone- City State 1937 7th St. N.W., Rochester, Minn. Phone AT 2-8636

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