Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on April 18, 1952 · Page 26
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April 18, 1952

Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 26

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.UCRTHWKT A*KANSAI TIMII. Hnrttlwilk. Mmmm. Friday, April II, IMS Formers Raise Prize Sheep Twin Calves NQ Rarity On Frank Reed Farm; They're Commonplace By RILUE JINKS Springdalc-(Specia'])-The first lime Frank K. Reed at near Springdale walked across the pasture and found not one but two calves with one of hi* cows, he was greatly surprised, Now, however, when he discovers a new calf on thfi farm he immediately looks around for its twin and is surprised If he dons not see another ralf near thn cow. Between September and January this past winter, three sets of (win calves were born ,in his herd nf 2D white-face cows. That brings the total number of twins born on the need farm 1o seven sets. Four pairs of twins were scattered over a number of years when his herd was made up of Jersey cattle. Then four years ago one mare on the need f a r m produced a set of twin colts. When Reed looked in on the mare early the next morn- Ing, he saw only the one live colt. The mare quickly showed him her perfect offspring which had smothered in the corner soon after It arrived, and she nuzzled it as if to ask her owner to make it arise.' Four C«lvra Survive Death has taken its loll of I he twin calves, too. One of the first pair born this past winter died before birth, and one of the third pair became sick and died -when six weeks .old. The four calves remaining from the six. twins are husky, healthy ones easily competing In growth with the other 13 calves on the farm. The twins receive l i t t l e special 'attention, for they are not the only animal oddities on the farm. There is Uielr sire, for instance. The four-year-old white-face Is the grandson of a bull that once sold fo- $53,000. ' Then, there are the ponds on the Reed farm. Five of the ponds lie on the 40 acres on Frank Reed's part of the farm, and another it on the farm of. his son, Dale, across the road. Five of the six ponds simply do not go dry, and the sixth, although a good pond, is less to brag about simply because It is smaller than the others. Even the hogs belonging to Reed have their oddities. On* sow which lost her pigs hit upon the idea of inducing the pigs of another sow to become her adopted family. When she has completely succeeded in taking the pigs away from their rightful mother (and she definitely will), then Reed plans to sell the real mother and let the foster mother enjoy her family. The Reed farm is run on a strictly practical plan that is both economical and independent. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Reed' have their home, barn, cattle and other livestock o.i their farm, while their son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Dalf Reed, have their new home, their own eattie, etc., on their farm. Yet it is more than two separate farms--it Is more like two farms on one. The two men, while each runs his own farm to suit himself, can share many things--their labor, their tractor and all their farm implements. They are even co- owners of I he one bull and of old Kate, the mule. In this way they can have many of the necessary cxpendtiurcs for half the" price they would-cost if the farms were farther apart. Registered Calf Leads To Good Guernsey Herd 4-H Member Values Cows At $2,000; Has Many Projects One hundred and 50 dolars invested in a registered heifer calf in 1848 has paid dividends to Mahlon Gibson, a 4-H Club member at Bethel Grove community. Mahlon values his herd at 52,000. He entered the registered Guernsey heifer he bought in the special dairy contest at the County Fair in 1050 and won another registered heifer.. Also in 1950, he bought a registered Guernsey heifer to build up his herd. In 1951,.he bought an outstanding registered Guernsey cow, and has eight head of registered Guernsey cattle. The quality of dairy animals' Mahlon has is shown by the record they have made. He entered five of his registered Guernseys at the county,, district, : and .· state Fairs-last fall. At the'county Fair he won four first place ribbons, two second place ribbons;-and one grand champion. At the district . fair at Fort Smith, Mahion's dairy I animals won three first and two thir,d place ribbons. From the district he carried his animals to the state Fair at, Little Hock where they, won one first place ribbon, two second place ribbons, and he had the grand champion cow of., the Guernsey division. From the prizes* won at the Fairs, Mahion's [ Here's How To Rope A Calf f On the Dalton Dotson ranch near Hindsville, where Dolson is building a rodeo arena, X Dotson. 14 ropes a Brahma calf while his dog stands by to watch the proceedings. registered Guernseys earned him $281.64 in prize money, Mahlon says he' plans to run a dairy farm of his own by the time he finishes college and he wants to be sure that he has only top quality animals in his herd. Dairying is just one of Mahion's I leader for the Walnut Grove 4-H 4-H projects. Last year he won a | Club trip to Michigan for his records ' in achievement. He was also winner of the State horticulture judging contest at the state 4-H Club camp. He is also Junior 4-H Club Many animals live by eating other animals, but it there were no plants, animals would cease to exist. ;W«sblnjlon County Agent Curl Rose estimates there are 10,000 sheep on. Washington . County farms, with more being brought Into tht tre« each year. Others ire being placed on furms throughout 'the Northwest, Arkansas area. Among those raising prize Corrlrdnl« «hcep ore Luther Johnson and E. A. Hsncy. Hnncy Is shown/above with last year's Missouri prize winner, Samson, and In the lower photo arc some of the other sheep In his flock. .The men have 20 Corriedale ewes, two bucks, nnd is lambs, and many other grade cheep. Haney says he chooses CorrleAile because they ore bigger. Hsn^y uses brooder stoves lo kpep the lambs warm when they arc very young, letting them out with their mothers wiliiln two days. Thelr'tarm is southwest of Springdnle, where they have v*st is believed lo be the longest chicken house in \Mt pnrt'of the country-760 feet in length, nnd housing 2a,nOQ Vantrcss Cross chickens. Seeding For Survival Virgil Estcs uses a IBrillion seeder to plant tall fescue and ladino clover on the McDonald farm, north of Klkins. The seeder has two oorruKated rollers which give the soil good compaction, to insure |wxJ turvlval. In The. High Clover ·i MMninc th« crimson 'clover on the Jack need fnrm we«t ot John! MM M On* I, Henbwt ot the Soli Coniervatlon Service. This variety 1 af : '«rhn«Mi ttorer wJll r*«**H «nrt five · Ko«d stnnd th* followini j tali for irtilnf and aeed production. -Some of the plnntt irew lo · I MKkt ot Ihr* fott. ^ . Can You Find THE GAS LINE / ' IN THIS PICTURE? Pictured above is but one of the many modern brooder houses dotting the countryside of this progressive section of Northwest Arkansas. Here is a picture of progress - of the area and the broiler industry. It is a picture made possible through the use of Natural Gas. Broiler producers depend on Gas to heat thousands of such modern brooder houses. In Northwest Arkansas Natural Gas furnishes the necessary, economical, and dependable heat for growing over 15 million broilers annually. Each producer reaps g r e a t e r profits through l o w e r operational costs. Ga^s is the fuel of the area for home and industry. Natural Gas heats the water that produces steam for many industrial plants located in this area. Gas makes possible greater industrial expansion, greater productivity and income for the people. Arkansas Western Gas Company furnishes this convenient, modern way for.cooking, refrigeration, water heating and house heating. NATURAL GAS-THE FUEL OF HOME and INDUSTRY ARKANSAS WE STERN QAS COMPANY "Helping Build North and West Arkansas"

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