The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on October 13, 1955 · Page 17
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, October 13, 1955
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It it vflpi i PIMP MEAT-TYPE" GRAND CHAMPION truclclot of pigs at the National Barrow Show were owned and shown by Milo Wolrab, Mt. Vernon, Iowa. Wolrab is the handler at right. His Berkshires were described as "excellent meat type." (Cut Courtesy Wallace's Farmer) SWINE TESTING STATION WILL HELP BREEDERS PICK DESIRABLE BOARS ... FIRST IN IOWA A new swine testing station near Ames opens Nov. 1, and is expected to be the beginning of a program which will enable Iowa swine producers to buy boars whose capacity to transmit desired characteristics is known. Operated by the Iowa Swine Testing Association, the station idea is a modification of the plan which was developed in Denmark about 50 years ago. Following the adoption of the program, Denmark developed some of the most efficient feeding and meat-producing strains of swine in the world. Advisers at the station, representing Iowa State College, will be Ralph Durham, extension animal husbandman, and L. N. Hazel, swine breeding researcher. Wilbur Placer is adviser representing the Iowa Department of Agriculture. Here's how the station will operate: Breeders will send in their pigs in groups of six pigs all sired by one hour when the pigs weigh 35 to 50 pounds. Four will "be boars, two will be barrows. They will be checked at the station as to rate of gain, feed intake per pound of gain, carcass quality and soundness from the time they reach 60 pounds of weight. The test will close when the two harrows reach 210 pounds weight, when they'll be slaughtered and their carcasses evaluated. The'station will certify to the owner of the boars the results of the lest for his use and the use of swine producers who consider buying boars from him. The station will sell the tested pigs or return them to the owner. If the pigs are returned to the owner, the latter will pay a fee to cuvei feed and labor cost amounting to about $35 per head. If the station soils them, the proceeds of the sale will be divided between the owner and the station Pigs of unacceptable merit will be sold as market hogs. Durham says the swine producers will consider the establishment of similar stations in other parts of the state — after the methods used at the Ames station have been tested in practical operations. Eventually, 'however, central stations will be only tho final stop in breeding certification for hogs, he believes. The principal improvement work will be'done on the farms of the owners themselves. He says work is now under way which he expects to lead eventually to boar testing associations among swine men. Testing On Farms These would be similar to n Dairy Herd Improvement nssoc.ution in that each association would employ a trained tester who would work with feeders on their farms to measure and evaluate production characteristics of the breeding animals. The listing station is sponsored by the Iowa Swine Producers' association, state-wide organization of swine !;it-edci> and producers. OCTOBER IS " EAT MORE PORK " MONTH Your Best Buy In Meat Today Is Pork - Nutritious, Economical MR. PORK RAISER: EVERY DAY IS NOW PREMIUM PRICE DAY FOR MEAT-TYPE HOGS WITH US. GIVE US A CALL AT 107 IN ALGONA. WE WILL COME TO YOUR FARM AND TELL YOU YOUR AMOUNT OF PREMIUM Many Thousands of Farmers Who Raise Pork Have Found That WESTERN BUYERS Is Their Best Market-You Will Too . . . A Fair, Square Deal At All Times, And PREMIUM PRICES For Meat - Type Hogs. WESTERN BUYERS YOUR BEST MARKET - SELLING TO OVER 200 PROCESSORS OF PORK PHONE 1Q7 * ALGONA, IOWA Upper Jttome£ A160NA, IOWA, THURSDAY, OCTOB6R 13, 1955 VOL. 91 - NO. 41 Summarizes Facts On Outlook For Hogs A few facts concerning the outlook for hogs prepared jointly by the economics and sociology, and animal husbandry departments of various North Central State Agriculture Colleges, have been summarized by W. G. Reist, county extension director. The 1955 spring pig crop was about 10 per cent larger than 1954. Intentions of farmers indicate about a 10 per cent increase in the fall pig crop. This indicates that we will have 10 per cent more hogs going to market than a year ago. ; Studies by the USDA indicate <that "other things being equal", a 10 per cent increase in the supply of pork, lowers the price paid to farmers for hogs by 15 per cent on the average. Thus, taking the average price received by fanners for barrows and gilts sold at Chicago for the twelve months ending July 1, reducing it by 15 per cent to account for the larger supply coining to the market during the current year, and then .supplying a normal seasonal price trend to this, we come out with a projected average price of about $14 to $14.50 for barrows and gilts at Chicago, for the low period late this fall. Bunch Marketing This doesn't take into account the possibility of bunched marketing, such as might take place il farmers hold back hogs to clean up corn fields or if they liquidate breeding stock. Both cases would indicate still lower prices. Farmers can't change hog numbers coming to market, but they can change the supply in terms of pounds of pork, Reisi said. Average weights of barrows and gilts at the eight major markets for the last three months of 19f>4, averaged six pounds heavier than a like period in 1953.- If farmers went back to selling at the same average weights in 1953. we could reduce pork supply for the next three months, by about 2 u j per cent. This change in supply- should raise hog prices by 4 to 5 per cent. That would be around 75 cents per 100 pounds, according to Reist. If farmers held the average marketing weight to about 10 pounds lighter than in 1954, or around 220, they would reduce the pounds of pork 4'2 per cent. Prices would aver' age 7 to 7'/ 2 per cent higher or about $1 per hundred pounds more. Why Higher Prices Why prices would average higher: 1. Fewer pounds of pork forced on the market, due to lighter weights, and the decreased sup-1 ply would bring higher prices. 2. Lighter weight hogs would mean lighter carcasses. This means fewer heavier cuts and more lighter cuts. Consumer demand is best for lighter weight loins, hams and picnics. This should raise the average return per pound of meat sold, from the hogs marketed. 3. With hogs carrying less fat, the cuts marketed to consumers would contain more lean meat relative to fat. Consumers would be attracted to the more desirable meat cuts, especially in the bacon, but other cuts would also be affected. Thus, the general consumer demand for pork should be increased. Looking at it from the farmer's point of view, marketing hogs at lighter weights this fall would be to the advantage of the individual farmer. as well as to farmers as a group. Need Rising Market With current feed costs and prices of butcher hogs, farmers need a rising hog market to make it pay to hold hogs to heavier weights. Almost always, just the opposite happens at this time of year. The hog market trends downward. When a farmer holds hogs to heavier weights, and then sees them sell at a lower price per 100 pounds later, he takes a loss on the sale value of the pounds that would have sold at a higher price, had the hog been sold when it weighed 200 to 220 pounds. In addition, the extra pounds that were put on the hog. cost more than did the pounds of gain put on to bring the hog up to 200 pounds. The only time to feed to heavier weights is when the increase in total value of the heavier hoc over the value when sold at 200 pounds is greater than DIP cost, of feerling, other costs, and risks of taking it to the heavier weight. That condition is highly unlikely to prevail this full. The farmer also carries tho extra risk from death or sickness, loss from flu. Hogs sleeping out in corn fields are easy prey for this disease. There is more danger from erysipelas and there H ahvays the risk of hogs .ucttim; caught in a snow storm. Earlier sale at lighter weight, means the farmer gets his rn'ine.v sooner, permitting him to pay oft' his debts and save interest. From an economic and production point of view, selling ho«s at 200 to 220 pounds of weight this fall, is sound. It is sound from the individual farmer's point of view and from the interests of farmers as a group. When the frost is on the pun- kin and the leaves are turning brown, American's by the millions turn their interest wholeheartedly to football. Little boys tackle each other in vacant lots, bigger boys get into training to make the school team and still bigger boys make bets on whether or not Iowa can beat Minnesota this year. Little girls practice baton twirling, bigger girls dream about star halfbacks and Mothers start worrying over possible broken bones in their football playing Football has excitement and color — more than any other sport, in my estimation, but it has giown way beyond the level of an amusement or pastime. Football is big business, nationally involving millions of dollars and endless intrigue. And many an educational institution i= known far better for the success of its football team than for tho excellence of its academic system. • • • The people who say football is over-emphasized are probably right, but I'm not going to argue with them for I like the game very much myself. I'm a little shaky BURT BAND MOTHERS' CHICKEN SUPPER Saturday, Oct. 15 Serving starts 5:30 p.m. — Burt School Gym — MENU — Fried chicken, mashed potatoes & gravy, dressing, corn, cabbage salad, relish plate, rolls, jelly assorted pies, coffee, milk ADULTS — $1.00 CHILDREN UNDER 12 — 50c And though on the technical aspects of the sport, I'm definitely a fan. I'll probably get even more enthusiastic during tho next few years for the current Junior High squad includes a son. a couple of nephews and few of my ex-Cub Scouts and I'm expecting big things of them. But I can't help wondering how football got to be so important in the educational system. How come it wasn't baseball, hockey, tennis or golf? Or for that matter, any extra-curricular activity like dramatics, dancing, music or debate. * * * Take the debate team, for example.- They could just as well be the school heroes as the gridiron stars. Instead of the locker room we could have the library for the in-between-half pep talks and for storing team equipment. Instead of the stadium, the scene of interest would be the auditorium and the crowds could enjoy the game in comfort in all kinds of weather. On the programs, after Joe Doakes, Sophomore, we'd have listed I. Q., 130 instead of Weight, 165. * * * In the North Central High School Conference the names of the teams changed a phasizing debate instead of football. The Algona Bulldogs could be the Algona Bullshooters and the Webster City Lynx, the Webster City Larynx. Other conference competition would come from the Humboldt Logicians, the Clear Lake Bryans, the Iowa Falls Filibusters and the Hampton Hams. And we wouldn't forget the Eagle Grove Patrick Henry's nor the Clarion Demos- thenesians. • * « * "Talk it up! Talk it up! Prove that point!", the cheerleaders would yell. "Algona Argues!" would be the watchword instead of "Algona Fights!" When the team scores it would be a Touche instead of a Touchdown and instead of offense and defense plays we'd have affirmatives, negatives and rebuttals. • • • Between the halves we'd still hear from the school's music department only it would be the High School Symphony Orchestra instead of the marching band. Drum majorettes and baton iwirlers would be replaced by ballet dancers and the costumes could still be just as whistle provokin would have to be bit if we were em- interlocking bridal pairs Many beautiful designs in convenient Interlocking pairs. Always matched in perfect alignment. A style for your hand, a price for your budget. 10% down—10% month. Training * would be just as BRHSTCDCQ Jcwan AMEDICAN GEM SOCIETY tough for the debate team as it is for the football team for there's nothing like exercise and clean living to keep anybody in shape. But for debate, we'd have the team doing crossword puzzles instead of calisthentics and gargling instead of rubdowns. As in football, the coaches would hope for a minimum of injuries but there'd always be some team members missing an important game because of sprained tonsil or an attack of laryngitis. To be out for the team a member would still have to keep up his grade average in Pys. Ed., Football and Tennis or he wouldn't be allowed to debate. This might result in a little out-of-school tutoring if the star affirmative happened to have more brains between his ears than he had in his muscles. » * * If debate were the major act- ivilv instead of football we'd still have alumni trouble at the col- | u P on well this year is that they don't pay as much for their robuttler* t-s do Notre Dame or Wisconsin. If the season were unusually sucessful delighted fans would present the coach with a twenty- cylinder, super-sonic motor scooter. a set of the Encylopedia Bnttanica or even a Cadillac! « * • Of course, I am not advocating that football be replaced with anything. I do think that it was some quirk of fate long ago and before my time that makes us emphasize it so much today, almost to the exclusion of other activities when it is in season. Most of us will agree that in the long run a young person with brains is just as valuable as an athlete and just as likely to succeed in his life after leaving school. The ideal situation would be for him to be talented in both departments. But if it had been debate that was chosen to be The Activity, we might have had as the subject for discussion, Resolved: that the American Schools should place more emphasis on football. * * » The entries in last year's recipe contest for foreign foods were so good I just have to share a couple of them with you. The first one is for Blinde Vinken (Blind Finches or Beef Birds), it comes from The Netherlands and it was , sent in by Helen Comfort. 6 thin lean beefsteaks (minute or cube steaks) H> Ib. lean pork or veal r a teasp. salt G gherkins 1/3 cup butter or drippings ; 1 cup water 1 tablsp. flour (for thickening if desired) Salt the beefsteaks. Cut pork in G strips. Lay a strip of pork on each steak and place a gherkin in the middle of each and roll up. Fasten rolls with toothpicks. Brown in butler or drippings. Add' water, cover and simmer 1 hour, adding water when necessary. Thicken gravy, if desired, with flour mixed to a -thin paste with water. Yield, 6 servings. • * • This recipe for Tamale "Pie originated in Mexico and it came from Mrs Gladys Barker ot Cedar Rapids. 1 small onion, minced 1 clove garlic, minced 3 tablsp. butter 3 tablsp. olive oil 1 Ib. ground beef *••• pound pork sausage 1 No. 2 J i> can tomatoes 1 No. 2 can whole kernel corn 2 tsp. salt 2 tsp. chili powder 20 to 24 pitted ripe olives 1 cup corn meal 1 cup milk 2 eggs, well beaten I 1 ? cups grated American cheese Saute onions and garlic in butter and oil until yellow. Add ground beef and sausage. Cook until brown. Simmer tomatoes, corn, salt and chili powder in sauce pan for 20 minutes. Add to meat mixture. Pour into pan about 12 by 8 by 2. Press olives into mixture. Mix corn meal, milk and eggs. Spread over filling, sprinkle with cheese and bake 1 hour in a 350 dgree oven. —GRACE. Social Security Man Here Oct. 20 The social security representative will be in Algona for his next regular monthly visit Thursday, Oct. 20, according to George R. Replogle, Field Representative of the Fort Dodge District Office. He may be contacted in the basement of the Post Office from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mr Replogle will assist persons who wish to file applications for Federal social security benefit payments. He will answer yuur questions about old-age and survivors insurance and will have available a supply of information' al booklets which you may have lege level. They aren't going to kick in with thousands of dollars for a new auditorium if the coach isn't coming through with a winning team. If he has several bad seasons in a row, the wolves will demand he look for another job just like they do in football. And we'd hear that the reason s=v=3=.v^v = v = v^:.: = :.: = X^X^H^X = :Iowa or Minnesota isn't doing so the wrist. LOST HAND Near Montezuma, 18 year old Leroy Sterk became one of the season's first cornpicker victims recently. His glove caught as he tried to remove a stalk and his left hand was mangled in the rollers. It was ijnputated just above

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