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Des Moines Iowa Homestead (Newspaper) - August 23, 1917, Des Moines, IowaMore than Iso vol. Lxii. No. 34. Des m01ne8, Iowa August 23, 1917. Whole no. 3124 farm products sold direct to consumer o middleman has a part in handling the products of Sunnyside farm in Polk county Iowa. From the first step of producing the crops from the soil to the final task of packing the article and delivering it at the door of the consumer the business is managed entirely by Carrie r. Bishop proprietor. Direct Selling to the consumer and delivery by Auto truck solve the marketing problem. No unnecessary expense is incurred and no inordinate profit exacted but at Normal Cost fresh and wholesome products Are delivered to the con Sumer. The main product is butter but since Good farming demands some diversification Sev eral Side lines have been developed which now make up a considerable part of the weekly sales. These include poultry eggs potatoes and Green vegetables. Last year More than 500 bushels of potatoes were grown on the farm and sold direct to the consumer. Intensive Effort is the foun Dation of Success on sunny Side farm. Every available space of its 130 acres works at maximum capacity. Crops Are grown that suit the sys tem of farming and they receive the most careful treat ment that the owner can de Termine from scientific study and practical sense. This year the cropping plan includes fifty acres in Corn sixteen in Oats ten in Meadow five in potatoes four in Alfalfa and the balance in pasture and lots. Only the potatoes will be sold off the farm the other crops being fed to live Stock. Under this system and with careful handling of manure the Fertility of the soil will be conserved. An important feature of the system is thorough till age. In putting in the crops last Spring an Auto Mobile with a tractor equipment was used since the four horses on the farm were not considered sufficient to prepare the seed bed in the proper manner. For this purpose Bishop found his tractor outfit entirely satisfactory. In fact he has become an enthusiast about All modern labor saving machinery because As he says it cuts Down the costs of production. His tractor did three hired put in full time on the place Ting of Urvand a a 31 e d and two other men or in Mimas and Verdins or. Bishop s time is taken up with the general management of the farm and marketing. With such a working Force the live Stock As Well As the Bains and stables Are kept clean and sanitary an time uan fresh water is p0vlded at All times. The pawing and risking this which makes necessary a systematic study of feeding Young Stock for growth and develop ment. Or. Bishop s work in this line has con Vinced him that the following method of calf feeding is Best for his conditions almost immediately after birth the calf is taken from its Mother and Given to one of the four nurse cows maintained Only for this purpose. None of the calves Are fed by hand. At from two to four weeks old they Are Given a Chance to eat Grain provided in a ground mixture of nearly equal parts of bran Corn and Oats together with some rpm meal. The calves run with the nurse cows i he water comes from a deep Well and receive the Grain feed besides until they gradually wean themselves. Then they receive a Supply of roughage. As proof that this method is successful sunny Side farm can boast of twelve sturdy calves and seven Fine heifers at this time. All Are either pure bred or High Grade holsteins most of them from the sunny Side Herd Bull King Johanna honour Champion a great grandson of Colantha 4th Johanna which twice won the world s record with a production of pounds of butter per year. Or. Bishop chose this Breed because the cows Are heavy producers and although it takes More Holstein milk to furnish a gallon of Cream than that some other Breeds still there is no waste since the skim milk has a High value for feeding hogs and poultry. A unique feature of Sunnyside holsteins Are heavy 3viii.k producers. The feeding problem is important on sunny the mum a needs make the bulk of butter a week present pro and the Gram feeds Are to suit the age and unless or. Bishop adopts a plan which he has cd the is built up with calves raised on the place concluded on Page 90 dibect.-.8klung and delivery by Auto truck 6olvb the marketing prob Lett i
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