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Bennington Banner (Newspaper) - March 10, 1966, Bennington, Vermont Foj Hannington in inner. Thursday. March to. 1966 big farms earn less per cow profits higher Extension agent s report Burlington a Small farms make More per cow but Large farms make More Money. That s one of the paradoxical findings in a study of farms on Elac the electronic farm accounting system pioneered by the Uva Extension service. Several things have to be understood in interpreting these figures Extension farm management specialist Dwight k. Eddy pointed out. In the first place the Small farm category is not As Small As it used to be. Anything below 35 cows Falls in this category. A generation ago 35 cow herds were classified As Large. The medium Range is 35 to 49, with Large farm classification reserved for upwards of 50 cows. Another Point to remember is that Elac figures Are averages for the Farmers in the program. The totals Are not necessarily Ideal standards. But on the average expenses per cow on a Small farm run $387 a year. The medium figure is $414, while Large farms hit $457. Total receipts minus total expenses per cow Are Small farm $183 medium $190 Large $165. The big difference comes from labor. The smaller farms tend to be family operations with Only $632 a year spent for labor. Medium size farms need $1,647 of labor while the big ones jump to $5,765. A but this does no to mean that Large farms on the average Aren t profitable Eddy said. Quot even though they May have a smaller net on each cow the higher number of cows return a higher number of dollars even after All expenses have been taken Quot for example 35 cows in the Small cow farm would return $6,-405 Over expenses. But 50 cows even under the lower Large farm net return would have a $8, 250 margin. And when you figure the average farm in the Large classification has 71 cows you re talking about $11,715 Over Eddy pointed out again that these Are averages. Some Small farms with High producing cows and careful feeding give above average returns. Similarly some larger farms have trouble keeping costs Down. But on the average the Large farms have a much bigger spread Between total expenses and total receipts Titan do the Small farms. Python sold a Wayne n. Farrell Cranston . Music teacher cuddles with his 18-foot Python which he has sold to the Bronx zoo. The 260-Pound Snake was born in Captivity which Farrell believes accounts for his gentle nature. The pet is the biggest Snake in this country though not the longest. He will be kept in a special display Case. Up advice to property owners you can to have your Trees and eat them too 11% i. To i i ii. Cit x i i Arlington. Woodland is pasture Woodland is pasture this All depends upon How you look at it. It also depends upon w Hether you Are a cow or a Deer a poor Farmer or a Good Farmer. Like the old saying about the cake a you can to have your Trees and eat them a of landowners in developing a conservation plan consider All of their land uses. They determine which areas of their property will be used for cropland pasture and Woodlands too Many landowners with live Stock still consider and still use that old rough pasture As a place to exercise their cattle. Exercise is about All the cattle get too after that first flush Spring growth of grass is gone. Of course if things get too bad they can eat the same browse As Deer but soon this is gone w Ith nothing left for cow or Deer. Deer can survive on browse. Cows can too but just Plain survival does no to put much milk in the pail. Since our sheep herding Days Here in Vermont most of the old rough pastures have become 40 per cent or More stocked with Trees. With such a High percentage of Trees they can hardly be classed As pasture. There fore consideration should be Given toward treating these areas As Woodland. St. Albans project helps oaths decide on careers if you decide its Woodland what s the first step in treating As such Fence out the cows next step Contact county f Orester David Barton to determine what treatments Are necessary to develop a Quality crop. Dave and i work hand in Hail i with any landowner wishing this Type of assistance. From our soil Survey maps we can determine the types of Trees that will do Best. All our oils have been placed in Woodland suitability groups. Once it has been determined which areas of your Woodlands fall into which group we can say Maple is to be favored Here and red Spruce in there. St. Albans a when it comes to careers deciding what Tedois often More of a problem for Young people than learning How to dolt. To help Young people decide about career a Pilot program the Community service aide project has been set up Here by the gym Extension service and neighbourhood youth corps. Ulm Extension youth project Leader Susan Stanley is currently working with seven girls selected from 43 neighbourhood youth corps enrollees. These girls become Community service aides and get on the Job training in consumer buying child development and nutrition. They also study citizenship and leadership. While working become familiar with Community resources such As social welfare departments food stamp programs and volunteers in service to America Vista. The aides then share this information with members of the Community who Are unaware of the facilities available said mrs. Stanley. As part of their training aides attended meetings of alcoholics Anonymous Learned about the sheriffs duties and worked with Extension agents from Franklin county. They Are also enrolled in nurses aide training Woodlands Are a Long term investment. Changing from one tree species to another in a Given area cannot be accomplished Over night even though the latter tree will do better on a Given soil. This is where management comes in. This is also auction garage Sale at Public auction. Howard s garage in Putney Vermont will sell out saturday March 19, 1966 at 10 00 a m. All of the tools equipment fixtures and Stock in Trade. Due to or. Howard Selling his property he has ordered us to sell All of his personal belongings on this above Date and time. Due to such a Large amount of equipment tools and Stock Weare unable to list everything but All of his equipment is in tip top shape and is the finest Quality that Money can buy. Everything has been Well kept. Anyone wishing a Complete list of All of this garage equipment and Stock write or Call the auctioneers office and i will Send you a Complete list. Inspection on All equipment and Stock morning of Sale. Positive Sale regardless of weather. Terms Cash Only. Sale under the management of the Barber s sales inc. . Barberjr. Auctioneer Lebanon new Hampshire. Telephone 488-3366. We specialize in Selling All types of businesses and estates. We Are licensed and bonded in 4 different states with Over 20 years of experience. What a new the love amp care at Pine Crest oni i mini a Lalith Nimal Hoar. closed tuesday Pine Crest boarding Kennel i Tel. 447-71 19 Wiles South of Benn on . 7 Cable to has of channels 2-3-4-5-6-7-9-10-13 la 17 Channel la 7 on your dial Pix new York City have you seen the Mery Griffin show you la like it to . Better to inc. 317 main St. Dial 2-9395 i the worm turns milk is Short in scr i til into con venation where your county forester should come in. At your request Dave will go Over your Woodlands with you assist you in determining the various areas discuss the treatments needed and show you How to apply these treatments. Dave s services often go beyond just showing you How. If there is a Harvest Cut needed he can assist in marking the tree to be Tut and help you in finding a suitable Market for your prot net. Marking of Sample plots for Timber stand improvement work can also be done. A of once Dave has been Over the Woodlands and the decisions on use and treatment have been made he then records this information in your conservation plan. Your decisions on the use and treatment of your land whether it is for cropland pasture or Woodland Are ail recorded in your plan. This provides you with the guidance you need to move ahead. It also shows the areas where our technical services Mav be desired. By John c. Page University of Vermont Extension agent sometimes it takes a Long while for the worm to turn but turn she does. For the first time since 1950 or so the milk Industry is talking about and is concerned about a shortage of milk. It has been a Long time coming and in recent years it has been pretty obvious that some Farmers were going to fold up and become real estate dealers with milk averaging about $4.50 a hundredweight before deductions on hauling and taxes and payments. Our Price forecasting committee in new England foresaw a 22-cent increase in blend prices Back in november. Now All Over the country there have been suspensions of part of the class i pricing mechanism in the milk orders. In effect these keep the Price of class i milk from dropping As much As Normal. This will mean higher milk prices than the forecast for the next three months considerably higher. There is some talk about 20-30 cents on the blend above the forecast in new York and when the dust has settled we will have the figure for Boston. A of it is interesting to note that even a slight shortage of a product can make a big difference in Price. It is also interesting to note that economists must believe that a raise in Price w ill stimulate More production and do it fairly rapidly. I doubt if Well Ever see milk prices fall Back into the old Levels of the past to years but those of you who Are talking s6 milk have a while to wait. I would guess. In any Case the consumer can be fairly sure that the Farmer will produce if he gets paid for it just As Many have gone out when they live with our prices in the past few years. Those worrying where the cattle will come from to produce More milk should remember that our Farmer friends in Canada will sell cattle when the Price is right and Are now doing so. One of the most interesting things about our profit based agricultural Economy is that certain opportunities to make profit Are not recognized. Recently i read where somebody was offering $10 a Bushel for shelled Flint Corn. A few years ago a consultant was hired to look at opportunities in agriculture in Vermont and he came up with the idea among others that a Dollar could be made in dry Beans. There was a bit of laughing and ridicule by dairymen a who were looking for More Money for milk at the time a but a Friend of mine who does no to milk cows and had a few acres of land available to him did grow Beans and did make a profit and did sell them. He slowed Down a Little after he and his wife and sometimes the kids got sick of sorting and bagging All Winter Long but there was Money there and the Market took them. About to years ago in Dorset. Leon Edgerton who does no to want to milk cows either had some Good land that he wanted to net a few dollars out of. He went into Trefoil seed growing later he bought and leased Clay land in the West Haven area and today he operates some 200 acres of Trefoil for seed. He has two self propelled combines and is recognized among seed growers As one of the Best. It is interesting to note that dairymen at first thought Leon was a bit a a different As too jockey jockey underwear Adams clothes shop a shoes too Quot Many people believed that the Only Way to make a Dollar was to milk cows around Here. Today most of them know that Leon is engaged in a profitable Large business. It is a business that takes a tremendous amount of attention to detail Complete honesty and some hard work. For example Leon will walk Over a 50-acre Field several times a year pulling out bad weeds which have to be kept out of the seed. Most men do this so most men wont Ever be Good seed growers. All these years Leon has worried a Little about the Price of seed holding up and because Trefoil seed has always been on the Short Side the Price has been most satisfactory to the Good seed grower. Other opportunities go wanting. I have a Friend in Rhode Island who has five acres of asparagus. He Sells the tips Only in Berry baskets for 85 cents per quart and All Are sold at the farm to the consumer. His wife and children and sometimes the customers have to go out and Harvest the tips when he is working but they make enough on it each year to have a real Wing Ding vacation in spots most of us Only dream about. Of course he has a heavily travelled Road going for him from May i to july i when asparagus is in season. My Friend says that everybody knows he a making a Dollar but most of them will not put the Effort into controlling weeds and fertilizing which is necessary to stay in the business. I remember a couple of years ago when the 4-h folks needed some strawberries to use for the festival and they were hard items to buy. They had to go out of the county to get them. It seems that crops that need handwork to grow just done to get grown even though there May be a profit in them. Anyhow it is Nice for a change to see a Market that wants milk instead of one that tolerates it. Better than Sunshine a electric clothes dryer Stop in today Cen i Vermont Public service corp. You re darn tooting. The High Quality of our Dairy products Means Good health to you and your family next time you Are at your favorite store try the freshness of Fairdale farms or have it Home delivered. Just phone us

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