Sioux Center News in Sioux-Center, Iowa
23 May 1974

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23 May 1974

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Sioux Center News (Newspaper) - May 23, 1974, Sioux Center, Iowa May 1974 the Sioux Center news Page 3 Harold Vermeer stands beside a pile of ear Corn on his cattle Yard which contains i u j in Bunij 11 it Ivi la i ii my we ill i the Corn Price up and finished cattle prices there is Good reason to pause and before a final decision is tit rold Var Mettr it Fords firming is Good lift As this picture the cattle feedlots at the Harold Vermeer 900acre six Miles Southeast of Sioux Are not so heavily stocked at the moment Only 300 head and this is the Way Harold and sons prefer it under today unpredictable cattle and the unknowns related to Supply and if the Price of Young cattle drops sufficiently to take some of the Gamble out of the restock later in the possibly to their usual level of 900 head or if the present squeeze the Vermeer swill play it More when you finish 900 to 1200 head of cattle at a As Harold Vermeer and sons need to and store a lot of feed efficiency and to help keep costs the vermeers have four silos for plus a huge outdoor Cement silage pictured which has a capacity for 1500 tons of silage and bushels of ear yet they still pile a lot of ear Corn on the an interesting feature of this silage pit it has a movable South which can be shifted to fit storage requirements of the moment and prevent undue spread of or ear livestock Mon faces problems with some but optimism i in f to hip hunh or pro of my t to to Harold of 6 Miles Southeast of Sioux cattle hog raising and crop farming is a like most he Points there Are going to be some ups and Downs some rough times and some risky times and some wonderfully fruitful you simply must be willing to do if youre going to make it on the farm is hang in there when the going gets rough and count your Many blessings when its smooth sailing and in a is the Downto Earth philosophy that has helped sustain Harold Down on the con for the most and with no what of quitting the Good Harold with some sense of frustration and uneasiness at this particular that there Are some valleys in that can bring on sleepless nights but he is Quick to that the generally Are not of Long and while sometimes difficult to endure in Good they can help provide one with the experience and the patience and the balanced judgement he needs to carry and to avoid future or at least minimize Vermeer admits the crises the cattle feeders of Northwest Iowa and pork pro Are facing now is one of great and particularly to those just get Ting started in the but he feels that if one proceeds markets As wisely As circumstance replaces Stock under the most studied Circum with an Eye entered on the Long Range stable nation will return in due time As the Supply of beef comes More in line with demand and something bordering More closely on the Normal will prevail once Harold says a number of factors Are responsible for the present plight of local but he thinks the major ones Are 1 Supply of beef outpacing the due in part to an exceptionally heavy buildup Over the past two years of Range brought on partly by a Strong emphasis on the co calf 2 to stepped up feed particularly the High Price of 3 to badly inflated prices of Oil and we livestock men have been confronted by rough times explained har but the situation that is making it particularly rough right now is this run away a High level of prices on nearly everything but he is convinced that the Best Way for livestock men to endure the present squeeze is through the Best possible management the application of common business a willing Ness to play it cautiously and possibly with substantial cutback in until such time As the Overall Supply and demand come More into he thinks a Strong program promoting greater consumption of year will also Harold says right now is a Good time to maintain a close and meaningful working relationship with marketing people buy ers you Trust and who have the livestock mans welfare at heart As Well As their i these people can be helpful when the time is right to buy More Young lightweights 400 to 600 Pounders for the and also when Best opportunities Are at hand for moving finished cattle to in the 30 years that he has been associated with cattle Harold has Learned through hard Knock experience that to stay profitably in the business Over a period of Many years Good and bad the cattle feeder needs to Market cattle through the instead of once or twice a to take advantage of the Market highs and to avoid any great buildup of overweight when Slaughter prices Are below Here he Points reliable commission people can be of tremendous help in advising when the time and circumstances Are most favourable for and for re Harold markets a Load or two of cattle every few replaces Stock to hit the on the Slaughter end and the valleys on the replacement a part of our he has been due in recent months to the High prices of Range Stock in comparison with Slaughter Harold this is beginning to Range prices Are slipping slowly and this should in due be of some help to the feeders of Northwest Harold and and 19farm about 900 of land be tween Sioux Center and Orange City in addition to feeding out 900 to 1200 head of beef cattle at a sometimes As Many As 2500 head in a single year and about hogs per the hogs Are cared for and managed principally by Phil and this year about 650 acres of the 900 acres Are being planted to there is 70 acres of pasture land on the the rest is planted to Oats and the vermeers raise approximately half of their annual Corn and nearly All of their requirements in Oats and they buy some Alfalfa in Pellet supplements Are purchased in Sioux Cen there Are four silos on the Home place and these Are utilized most of the year in feeding beef Hay silage goes into some of the units the forepart of this is followed with Oats silage about the second week in about september the silos Are filled with Corn and later about with ground two smaller silos have a capacity of 200 and the two Large units a Capac Ity of 400 tons a few months ago the vermeers added a huge Cement silage pit to their it will accommodate up to 1500 tons of and approximately Bushel of ear the pit movable South constructed in sections and reinforced with can be shifted with a tractor to fit the space require ments of the at the present time there Are approximately bushels of ear Corn piled on the Vermeer and no definite decision has been made up to now Wyeth local news and John de residents of Sioux Center about 30 years ago when he was a trucker in the visited in Orange City and Sioux Center last week they saw Many old friends and wished to pass along greetings by Way of the newspaper to those they they Are now living in Joel Tamminga from was a visitor at the Home of his Jake for a few he left monday Henry Sandbulte from spent the weekend Here with his and Kenneth Heinz Ketchup Bott Shu fresh quartered butter Shu fresh eggs Shurline Frozen whipped Topping Swansong Frozen Chicken to dinners fresh California 0 strawberries fresh whole fryers Cornland weiners it 5grdiyt i Ntim or it will be and converted to top Grade Iowa corned or sold As ear with the Price of Slaughter cattle too Low and the Price of Corn consider ably higher than Normal a Bushel last the vermeers Are tempted to sell the ear Corn for if the Price of lightweight cattle continues to drop at a faster rate than Slaughter As has been the Case in recent then the temptation May he if not in favor of converting it tolls a wait and see proposition at the Harold is Quick to admit that and livestock raising have been Good to and his family since he went into the business with his father Back in 1944 and then on his in partnership with his in the Broth ers decided to go their separate ways about three years As their two each reached there Are three daughters in the har old Vermeer family Gary Gayle haul tank a Public health nurse whose husband now of big a first Grade teacher at Dodge a 1974 graduate of North Western College with a major in Elemen tary and special she will be married this summer to Stephen also a 1974 graduate of Northwestern col with a major in vocal Stephen is currently employed at cloth ing in Orange but Hopes to teach this As does Harold has sold farming As a Good Way of life to his two sons Down through the years and is highly pleased that they Are still with the older is married and living one mile North of the Home the three work cooperatively As a Phil is a 1970 graduate of Iowa state at Harold recalls that when he and his the former Effle Vande Kerk who grew up in Hospers began farming in 1944 he started with a capital savings of and she had postal savings accumulated through a position As local to Harold farming is the meaningful an Opportunity to work closely with the with with nature in he Down through the preached the advantages of farm life to his two Phil and and they have so to remain involved in much to harolds they Are of tremendous two animals regarded of valuable help also to Harold in former Days were Shep at left and his trusty Saddle mount for nearly 20 they were mighty Handy in help ing round up Harold he likes to boast that chief was a on horse cow hed Start bucking the second anyone but himself climbed Telephone operator totalling Harold is Kinda proud of the fact that 30 years later Vermeer still has her the couple have contended All along that As Long As they didst spend that they never be completely the intervening years have brought them Prosperity at least at frequent Intel Vals and a Contentment with their Way of they think of giving it and Are not discouraged by the problems that livestock people in general Are now the problems at least the More threatening ones will of that they have no they know and livestock is Here to they know that As the population of the world continues to and As More and More land is taken out of farm production for other the de Mand forearm production not Only will remain but will and that the heyday of the Farmer and the live Stockman should be out front somewhere not in the act in grandpas Day beef was the favorite it still whether its lunch supper snack sunday dinner restaurant meal beef is the overwhelming after without is it really a meal priced right now Iowa beef Industry Council

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