Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on April 18, 1952 · Page 23
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April 18, 1952

Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 23

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; T1MB, m«. Frid.y, IfSI Hatching, Egg-Producing Business A Family Affair To Reeds And Wilsons By BII/UK JINtS Springdale--(Special)-lt is strictly a family a f f a i r when smooth brown eggs arc arranged in the trays at Heed's Hatchery of Rogers. Mr. and Mrs. Guy Wilson and grandson, Stevie, stand in the midst of their laying flock on their farm east of Springdale. In the background is their 220-by-30 foot henhouse. (McRoberls photo). In the first place, the halchery belongs lo J. Frank Reed of Elm Springs and his son-in-law, Gregg \Vilson, of Rogers. Then lo carry the matter farther, all of the eggs used by the hatchery (it has a 50,000 egg capacity) are produced by chickens on the Roed .arm and on the 'farm belonging lo Gregg's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Wilson of Springdale. In a v.'ay the hatchery and laying businesses are both old and ne'.v. Ten years ago, Reed built an eight-unil halchery on his farm and acquired enough hens lo supply the hatchery. The new chapter of the story began last year ·,vhen Reed'. 1 ; hcallh failed. II \vas decided lhal Ihe halchery would be moved lo Rogers, where Gregg Wilson would operate it under the leadership o! his father-in-law. Father H?lps Out Gregg's own father came inlo the picture when he began the conslruclion''of the hatchery on the lol back of the new home he had just completed for his son and daughler-!n-law. Hardly had he finished the pumice stone building housing the halchery u n t i l he ·tarted building a .chicken house on his own farm in Sprinsdale In order that he might help Reed ·upply the hatchery, which v.-as Increased to become a 17-unit affair. .·All-this look-place lasl summer. Now with another summer at ihc threshold, the organization is running along smoothly although Ihe three men see changes and improvements they hope to make. This, oT course, is a sign of progress. The chickens on the R e e d and Wilson farms are staying nearly up to par with their job in the undertaking by keeping the hatchery supplied with almost its quota of eggs. As a result about 5,000 Indian cross baby chicks are hatched bi-weekly at the Reed hatchery. Production High Back down at the Wilson's 20- acre farm, they don't use Easter baskets to gather the eggs, ,but if they did the basket would be half-bushels. Then it would lake two or three of them to hold'th? 850 eggs gathered daily from the nests of the 1,700 hens. Even now during the slack laying season, the hens average about 55 per cent, even jumping up to 85 per cent at times. One reason" for the good results being obtained from the flock could be the modern way the chickens are raided. They stick their beaks in the air when they pass the few individual nests si one end of the henhouse and hasten on to lay their eggs in community nests. These nebls are four to five feet'long with one opening, thus alleviating much of the egg breaking due to crowding- in the old-fashioned nests. The chickens have strayed from their ancestor's ways also by huddling together on the floor like broilers rather than roosting--except, of course, for a few nonconformists which fly up to the rafters each night to roost. Automatic lights which come on at 4:30 each morning have even cheated the 170 roosters of their age-old right of arousing the household at dawn. The same lights (to on again at 5 p. m. and burn until 8:30 o'clock. No Search in t The hens and rooslers have even been deprived of their custom of searching for their food. Automatic electric feeders run t h e length of the henhouse, forming a reclangle feeder which brinss the laying mash, oats arid pellets right up to the chickens no matter which part of the building they are in. Water, too, is available constantly in automatic water containers which have water piped to them from the 158-foot well near the Wilson home- A large electric bulb burns over ca - i h water container on freezing nights. There is nothing new-fangled in the way the chickens scramble out into the sunlight when Wilson feeds them their grain in the way they spread out over the four-acre lot, surrounding the chicken house, thai is planted to oats. Next year the pampered flock will be replaced by fresh chickens which will have been hatched at the Reed Hatchery from Indian River cross - roosters and New Hampshire red, hen?,. New Hampshire reds are already used for the hens but the present group of roosters are made up of both In- Jimmy Estes BuHdina Good Dairy Herd Ry JOHN I. SMITH The efforts of those who en- couratje y o u t h ;ire not in v a i n . Ask Jimmy Estcs. of Fnycttevillc, Route 4. His story is one object lesson to every young hoy who is struggling upward nnd ;i source of joy to every adult or business firm that extends a helping hand. Jimmy's story is one of a boy who had understanding and sympathetic parents, Mr. nnd Mrs, Virgil Estcs. but alsn of one who took full advantage of his opportunities--parental t r a i n i n g , 4-H Club work, schooling, nnd community activities. All those plny- od a part in helping him develop a registered herd of dairy cnttle which now. before lie has reached his I S t h birthday, is envied by many adult dairymen. "I started by saving pennies." Jimmy stated, "and.by Ifl'IG (nine years of a g e ) I liad saved SI25 with which I bought a pony." For years, fix Washington County banks (First National nf Fayettcville, First National of Springdale, Mcllroy of Fayctte- ville. First State of Springdale, Farmers and Merchants of Prairie Grove, and the Bank of Lincoln) have been giving a resisturi'd dairy heifer to each of si.x 4-H boys or girls who did the best job of fattening and showing a dairy cow. Rtgan Cluh Work "I wanted to win one nf those heifers," slated Jimmy. "In 1D4R I sold my pony and bought my first grade cow for 5123.50. That was the beginning of my 4-H Club work. I joined the Farminpton Club and became very interested for I could see the progress being marie by other members. Next year I won one of the six heifers --the one given by the. Mcllroy Bank--and my cousin. Carl Estes, who then lived w i t h me, won the ralf given by the First National Bank. "To wait for natural Inrrrnpc to New Plant In Operation J i m m y list us. o u t s t a n d i n g Washington County 4-H boy last year, is shown with his first registered Jersey. dian River cross and white wyan- dolles. Look Mostly White Arrnss the barn -lot from the henhouse stands a 100-foot broiler house containing 11,100 broilers about lv/o months old. Although the broilers appear to he all white with occasionnlly a red one showing up, these are actually the wny chicks hatched from red h?ns .-nrl white roosters look, for they w e r j hatched at t h e Reed Hit"Vr;from the eggs hproduced eat 1 other chicken house on t'.:e l;rm. Gregg Wilson picks up Ih:? C-HS daily from the farms, of both his father and fathcr-in-hiv.-. Sn we I managed i? the halchery t h a i it in necessary to hire only one worker outside t h P f a m i l y nnd t h a t one only tv.'ice weekly. Even the vaccinating is done by Gregg's mother and a u n t . Ko it is thol even in Arkansas, folks have to re.osnize oppnr- tunity and n n ' fnrtn tn mcef il halfway by working and cooperating together. give me u herd was too slow, so f I borrowed money from" the First Nntionn! Bank and purchased another registered cow for $376. I ! Imvo borrowed twice a3.1 in as the ! notes were, pnid and have increas- rd my he.nl by purchases and by j .-:;'ving the incren.se. I now have 20 bend, of which ivne are prod u c i n g cows. I owe 5BOO which I .·im paying m o n t h l y . My herd b worth n r n u n r l $5,000, but I wouldn't take that." Nineteen of his herd are registered, lie does not .know whicli blood lino will eventually predominate, but he is studying the families closely anrt has two bulls kxinerl out for progeny-testing. Kcrps Good Records J i m m y keeps an accurate record on production (met food costs of his herd. He h;is been n member of the Washington County Oalry Herd Imnrovemt^t Association since i! was formed in Washington County in August, 1949. Jimmy's work h«s not been confined to d.'iiryinfl. J ' e has produced ;is high ;is IS? 1 ,** busliols of corn per acre nnd h a j won numerous cither honors, including a gold : Wfitrb as county champion 4-H Club boy for 19H1, IT* U b u i l d i n g ' art excellent year-round g r a z i n g ' program, using an orchard gross ; and Lndlno mixture. I He is an active member of the · White Rock 4-H Club and shows! his Jerseys at both county n n r l ' state fairs. He bought two registered heifers this summer which ho will show at the state f a i r this f a l l . His present gnal Is to ; try l o ' be slate 4-H dairy winner and win a t r i p 1o the national 4-H Club Congress. Living Standard HJrhrr Jimmy believes t h a t his standard of living Is improved by his herd of dairy animals. "When I need something, I know where T can pel it--from those cows," he says. "My music lessons are an example." No boy has his career morp definitely in front' of him or more, clearly defined. He expects to net his degree in veterinary science and lo produce a bangs- free herd of dairy cattle. But best of a l l , he likes Northwest Arkansas and Washington County--whore the citizens, the banks, the Extension Service, the 4-H clubs and the Chamber of Commerce work together in glv- .ng opportunities to the beginners. This new limp p l n n t . oust, of R f i - i r r s . hnr. been !n operation nfhea J a n u a r y , t u r n i n g ort about 2fiO tons nf a g r i c u l t u r a l lime p*r day. Increased use of Hint 1 in pasture prn.'r;t;r;«: :;; IVnlon County had necessitated,imports from out of state. ( P h i n r u y photo). '."il rl'-matiH, m sod per rent-of f prr-vimis y;ir. .' This inrro.'ise mad* it necessary v vf-n'tors lo nivirr lime out of nif in supplement the county pji'y, Kvr-n !h^n about 8,000 n^ of orrifrs remained unfilled* it yr.ir type of pnst record per cent of t h e farms nerd for Hme, Bran- TRm? convinced th^t Hir hiitlrllnt; nf another plant in the county would be a tound investment. A r r a n g r m p n t i wrre made for c n n ^ t r u r U o n of a p l a n t on the sit* nrottplrd by the Lily White Lime" Company, two miles east of Rogers. Actual installation was bt- tfim In December and was completed last January. . . Since getting Into production the plnnl has averaged upproxt-' mntely 200 tons of lime per day, Trucks employed by thfl company are. serving ill t of. Benton County. Lime Increased By \ Rogers Firm j H e n t o n v l l I e - f S p e r l n n - T r i o I n : stallntlon of H new limn plant by the rtn(jer«; Lime jtnd Mrtt"ml : Cnmpnny hfis assured IVnt'in : County farmers of ,in mlwu.'tte : supply nf n g r i c u i t u r a l iirm^fone,. Bill R r a n n l n g h n r n . president fif Ihe newly formed t'fimnnny, is ?tri ] old hand fit t h e l l r n e business find spent sovnrM months- trylnc to dr- cldo if the flomnml for n r t r l n i l t n r n l !lmc was urenl enouu'i tfi support another p l r n t Checking with the county office of iho rroductlnn and Marketing Arlmfni.ntrntion; he leaniorl t h n l I h n demnnrl for lime has born inrn»Hslnfl ninco 1910, when a spreading fiervicc wnn inaugurated in the county. W i t h the Increased emphasis on permanent pastures orders placed in 1051 were far ahead of tlio .supply. Records of the PMA show the ning -itrn Water pressure amounts to about a ton per square inch for every mile of depth. GREETINGS TO MY FARMER FRIENDS OF BRUCE CRIDER WASHINGTON COUNTY You have made splendid progress, despite great difficulties, in recent years and will go forward to greater achievements. As your Sheriff and candidate for re-election, 1 hope to continue helping to advance your interest in every possible way. My official record for fair and impartial law enforcement is an open book. The better law enforcement men of the state and the nation are those who because of good service have been continued in office. EXPERIENCE IS A GREAT HELP TO ANY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER. i I deeply appreciate the loyal support of my many f a r m e r friends, and again pledge my best efforts in this important office. BRUCE CRIDER FOR SHERIFF Subject to the Democratic Primary Politico! AdrtrtiMmtnt Paid for by Sruct Cridtr, FoyitttvilU, Ark. Greetings to Our Many Farmer Friends in Northwest Arkansas: We invite them to visit our shop and store room in our new modern I, the fintst and best equipped in all Northwest Arkansas. Many types of Standard Supplies needed in every Farm home. Come in, and tell us about y o u r require* ments. CRANE Ameriqan Standard Briggs Plumbing Fixtures Apex Dishwashers and Washing Machines CRANE LINE Baseboard Radiators CRANE Fowler Mission Day and Night Hot Water Heaters Let our skilled workmen attend to all your plumbing needs. We offer you 24 years of Plumbing experience. Our large staff of courteous and competent workmen are always ready to respond to your call. Johnson Plumbing Heating Co. Corner School Spring Phone 1060

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