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30 January 2012 Section One of One Volume 29 Number 45

Your Weekly Connection to Agriculture

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Farm News • Equipment for Sale • Auctions • Classifieds

Milk Commission: Maine is the envy of other states ~ Page 4

Cow-pieology 101: judging cow pies on their face value ~ Page 5

Featured Columnist: Lee Mielke

Mielke Market Weekly 19 Crop Comments 6 Focus on Ag 8 Auctions 24 Classifieds 34 Farmer to Farmer 12

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5


Page 2 - Section A • COUNTRY FOLKS New England • January 30, 2012

A chance find bridges generations by Sally Colby New England farms are strewn with rocks, and the Franklin, CT, farm that Alfred Staebner purchased in 1940 was no exception. Alfred and his young family used tools, including a crowbar left behind by the farm’s former owners, to remove rocks from the fields. When the well-used crowbar broke, buckshot rolled out. Alfred cleaned up the crowbar and found a date imprinted on it: 1779. The crowbar was living a second life; having started as a Revolutionary war musket and later fashioned into a practical farm tool. Alfred’s descendents, including his son Ernie and Ernie’s wife Sandy, believe that this find was the start of what spurred Alfred — who worked as a milk inspector — to continue collecting. Sandy says that after Alfred passed away, the family couldn’t bear to see the collection go to auction. “We acquired the collection, moved it from his basement to ours,” said Sandy. “Then we put a building up in 1991, and that became a repository for the collection.” Pieces were added over the years, and today, the collection helps bridge the gap between farming in the first half of the twentieth century and today’s agriculture. Sandy says that the family never intended to create a museum, but it turns out to be the perfect complement to the threegeneration dairy farm at Blue Slope. Alfred’s great-grandson

Blue Slope cattle are fed a home-grown ration. Photos courtesy of the Staebner family

Matt, who graduated from SUNY Cobleskill with an associate’s degree in dairy science and a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business, works with the family’s dairy herd at Blue Slope. He incorporates new ideas to keep the 120head milking string healthy and productive, including raising the farm’s bull calves as veal. “I learned from attending farmers’ markets that there was no local supply

Matt Staebner mixes a batch of feed for the dairy herd.

of veal,” said Matt. “But there’s always a surplus of bull calves, so I figured we might as well add some value to them. I raised a couple calves, and people started buying the veal.” In order to provide what customers want while minimizing costs, Matt has taken a somewhat different approach to raising veal: he uses nurse cows feeds the calves. “We have space for 120 cows in the

freestall barn,” Matt explained. “If there are too many, a cow that might be culled because we can’t get her rebred can stay and serve as a nurse cow. She can still be sold at the end of her lactation rather than leaving the herd early.” Raising calves on nurse cows takes some work, but Matt believes it’s worthwhile. “It takes away the time spent cleaning and bedding calf hutches,” said Matt, “but you have to go out and look at every cow, check each calf to make sure it’s eating, and that no cows are either bagged up or completely empty. You have to know what that cow would look like empty in the parlor.” Matt says that he works with cows and calves to make sure both are cooperating, and usually puts four calves on one cow. Some calves go from cow to cow to nurse, while others stick with the cow they started with. During the summer, nurse cows and calves are kept on pasture. Through the winter, they’re housed in a bedded pack barn. The 25 or so veal calves raised each year are processed at a USDA facility, and available as Blue Slope veal at a year-round farmers market in downtown New Haven, and at several small,

independent grocers in eastern Connecticut. Blue Slope crops include 120 acres of corn for silage and 200 acres of hay; most of which is put up as haylage. “We double crop about half the corn silage land with wheatlage or rylage,” said Matt. “In spring, we graze some and chop the rest. We make very little dry hay, and can purchase hay when we need to.” Ensiled crops are mixed daily for herd rations. Each year, the Staebner family hosts about 3,000 visitors who are interested in the dairy farm and museum. Visitors enjoy barn dances, family campfires and winter sleigh rides. School groups come to learn about the dairy and how farming has changed over the years. “In summer, cows are on pasture, so it’s a opportunity to explain that the cows have a calf then produce milk,” said Matt. “We show them the heifer calves and dry cows, and talk about how much land it takes to hold up one animal. Then they visit the museum, my mom reads a story to them, and ties in old and new farming practices.” Blue Slope will host its 20th Fall Festival Tyme on Oct. 13 and 14. For more information, visit the farm on line at www.blueslope.com/

Replacement heifers and veal calves are raised on nurse cows in a bedded pack barn during the winter.


Moon blindness, leptospirosis and Appaloosas by Sally Colby When Dr. Gary Kubala is called to a farm to examine a horse showing signs of eye inflammation or early blindness, he can usually predict the breed of horse he’ll be seeing: Appaloosa. In many cases, the problem is diagnosed as equine recurrent uveitis, or ERU. This eye disease was referred to as moon blindness for many years because people thought that the temporary blindness associated with a flare-up was related to phases of the moon. Moon blindness was eventually referred to as periodic ophthalmia, and is now known primarily as ERU. Uveitis means inflammation ~ Dr. of the uveal tract, which includes the vascular, pigmented tissue in the eye including the iris, ciliary body and choriod. ERU affects a significant percentage of horses, and seems to be prevalent in Appaloosas. ERU is a chronic, inflammatory and painful eye disease, and one of the most common causes of blindness in horses. It can be the result of injury, bacteria, viruses or parasites. Many ERU cases diagnosed today are the result of the horse having contracted leptospirosis or ‘lepto’. Although there are several strains of lepto, the strain that is most often found in equine cases is L interrogans Pomona. Unfortunately, the horse can be infected by leptospirosis and show no clinical signs. By the time the eye is affected, which can be as long as a year after the initial infection, the owner might notice red and/or watery eyes, squinting and reluctance to go outside on sunny days. The horse might try to rub its eyes on solid objects to relieve the pain, which may lead to further damage. The early stages of ERU are often missed in pas-

tured horses simply because those horses are not handled as frequently. It can also be overlooked when the horse’s right eye is affected, because the handler usually leads and mounts on the horse’s left side. “There are multiple places where blindness can occur — not just in the eye itself,” said Dr. Gary Kubala, a veterinarian who sees numerous cases of ERU every year. “Vision is the eyes, but it’s also a pathway through the back of the eye, to the brain and back to the response of the muscles and nerves. What happens with repeated bouts of uveitis is that the iris will adhere to the lens.” Kubala says that ERU can also damage Gary Kubala the retina, but retinal damage is difficult to evaluate. “We can’t evaluate the retina because we can’t see through the lens,” he said. “The lens stops working as it should when light shines on it.” Kubala added that to diagnose retinal damage, the horse must be anesthetized, so a thorough exam along with history from the owner is usually the best means of onfarm diagnosis. The veterinarian’s goal in treating ERU is to reduce any current inflammation and to preserve vision. Because the lepto organism responds to doxycycline, some equine practitioners choose to treat horses showing clinical signs of EUR with doxycycline. “We have no idea when or where the horse picked it up,” said Kubala. “Doxycycline is cheap, and if there’s a chance of stopping something from developing further, I’ll do it.” After the exam, including staining to rule out corneal abrasions or ulcers, the horse owner is instructed to apply eye ointment provided by the veterinarian. Horses in the throes of a painful ERU episode are also given

“There are multiple places where blindness can occur — not just in the eye itself.”

pain relief as prescribed by the veterinarian. The lepto organism is present in the eye, but Kubala says that horse owners who are squirted with the horse’s tears during application of eye medication aren’t at risk. “The lepto bugs seem to localize on the inside of the eye and not in the tears,” he said. Recent findings show that ERU is immune-mediated, which means that after the initial infection clears, the horse is subject to future episodes of severe inflammation. “An immunemediated reaction means that antibodies bind with antigens and deposit them in different places in the animals body,” said Kubala. “My guess is that the antigen/antibody complexes are going to the eye of the horse.” Ongoing research indicates that the higher rate of ERU in Appaloosas is due to this immune response. In addition to causing ERU, there is significant evidence that leptospirosis is often the culprit in abortions in mares. Leptospirosis is transmitted to domestic livestock through the urine of infected wild animals including

rats, raccoons, skunks, foxes, opossums and deer. The organism thrives in warm, wet weather, especially when puddles form. Some livestock producers vaccinate animals such as cattle against leptospirosis because it’s a common cause of abortion disease. Although research is still underway, some equine veterinarians are using the cattle vaccine for leptospirosis to prevent abortion due to lepto in mares. Such action should be undertaken only under the guidance of a veterinarian. Once a horse has been diagnosed with ERU and treated for the initial flare, Kubala says it’s up to the owner to watch for recurring episodes. “Watch for the eye to become cloudy and increased squinting,” he said, adding that some horse owners opt for using cyclosporine eye drops to inhibit the immune reaction. Ongoing veterinary research is aimed at discovering more about the link between leptospirosis and ERU. For now, Kubala says that the best thing a horse owner can do is to be aware of the signs of ERU, and treat what’s treatable.

January 30, 2012 • COUNTRY FOLKS New England • Section A - Page 3

A stain helps the veterinarian find any corneal ulcers or abrasions so that the appropriate treatment can be used. This horse has significant opaqueness in the eye, and is blind on that side. Photos by Sally Colby

A veterinarian examines an Appaloosa's eye to diagnose equine recurrent uveitis.


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Milk Commission: Maine is the envy of other states by Chad Arms Those attending the Maine Milk Commission meeting at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show Jan. 10 at Augusta were told Maine is the envy of other nearby states for milk prices paid to farmers. An array of speakers gave an update on important milk pricing aspects affecting farmers and the Federal Market Order. Michael Wiers, St. Albans, Maine Milk Commission chairman welcomed those in attendance and introduced Milk Commission members and speakers. The first speaker was Eric F. Rasmussen, Northeast Federal Order 1 Marketing Area administrator, who provided an update on aspects of Federal Order pricing. He gave an illustrated talk on Federal Order price regulation changes over the years, including allowances and product pricing. He explained problems with unregulated market considerations and electronic options for more meaningful recording of product prices in more than one market area. Bob Wellington, senior vice president of Agri-Mark Cooperative, gave an

update on milk price outlook and trying to preserve the $19/cwt. fluid milk price in a world market. He mentioned milk production being up 2 percent this year despite the damage from Hurricane Irene in Vermont and eastern New York. He mentioned Maine is the envy of other nearby states with its price support program and expects not much change this year subject to election results affecting government shut downs and world market changes. He noted that when milk prices drop to farmers, there is not a corresponding drop to consumers. Leon Graves, vice president of the New England Milk Marketing Service, stressed the importance of everyone working together for Federal Order reform. He mentioned a favorable trade balance and the effect of producers in Europe contending with a minimum 400,000 somatic cell count. Dan Smith, a milk economist working on behalf of the Maine Dairy Industry Association (MDIA) for improving Federal Order milk pricing noted Maine is bucking the trend for loss of farms compared to other nearby states. A salute was given by pro-

Cover photo by Sally Colby Combining the “art” of cow-pieology with the “science” of forage testing and least-cost rations is essential to successful cattle management.

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Producer Harold Larrabee, of Knox, at left, discusses milk price issues with AgriMark’s Bob Wellington at the Maine Milk Commission meeting at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show. Photo by Chad Arms ducers at the meeting for him and former MDIA member Walter Whitcomb, now Maine Commissioner of Agriculture, for their class 111 Federal

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National FFA shares input with USDA on upcoming Farm Bill With more than 100,000 new farmers needed over the next few years, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack issued the young leaders of the National FFA Organization a challenge in 2011. “I would like you to with your fellow students and the adult leadership of the organization to develop a series of recommendations around the upcoming Farm Bill that will encourage more young people to pursue careers in farming,” Vilsack said. It was a challenge that the national FFA officer team for 2010-11 took seriously. The students immediately began work — framing key questions, consulting FFA members, engaging leaders in agriculture, compiling input and formulating recommendations. “Never before had we been invited to submit direct input to the Secretary of Agriculture that could enhance the ability of agricultural education and FFA to help students succeed and strengthen American agriculture,” said Riley Pagett, national FFA President, 2010-11. “We were honored to be invited to be a part of this process.” In December 2011, the 2010-11 national officer team met with Sec. Vilsack to share their recommendations which fell under four main categories. Those are: Getting started in production agriculture; creating vibrant rural communities; who should care about agriculture and why; planning for the future. Items that were recommended were as follows: USDA and other agencies

should encourage and assist beginning farmers to start or continue in production agriculture; USDA should help transition farms from older related and non-related farmers to younger or beginner farmers who may not come from a farm; USDA should help keep young people in rural communities and make rural communities an even more important part of our nation’s economy and society; USDA should support efforts to increase the public’s knowledge of agricultural literacy; USDA should strengthen the capacity of agricultural education or produce more students that pursue production agriculture and other agriculturally related careers and the USDA should provide authority, responsibility and support for school-based agricultural education and FFA. “We believe it is in the best interest of the nation for the department of agriculture to affirm its commitment to develop strong, experience leadership for agricultural education,” Kent Schescke, director of strategic partnerships, said. “FFA is prepared to assist in every way possible to this end. We believe with the significant challenges facing American and global systems of agriculture an investment must be made and we believe the farm bill provides the department an opportunity to demonstrate it believes in the future of agriculture.” The full response to the secretary’s challenge can be found by visiting www.ffa.org/documents/learn/12011 2_secretary_challenge.pdf


Cow-pieology 101: judging cow pies on their face value even distribution and composition suggest that the cow’s nutritional requirements are met, and the hay easily digested, said Troxel. A cow pie that is hard, stacked and showing grooves or waves — think of how lava folds into layers as it cools — suggests a poorer diet. “This is usually a sign of high fiber and low digestibility,” he said. Low digestibility means less protein, which provides the h e a l t h y microorganisms cattle need to aid digestion. Like all animals, cattle derive energy from food to acquire nutrients and stay healthy. But poorer-quality hay leads to a less-nutritious and lower-energy diet, said Troxel. Even if a cow’s diet has sufficient protein for digestion, there still may be an excess of fiber. That results in the cow deriving less energy from its diet and, therefore, a decrease in body condition. “By observing cow pies, we can change a cow’s diet quality before its condition decreases,” he said. Forage quality matters Judging cow pies on face value is an art, but forage testing is a science. Forage tests provide the nutrient

content of hay — understood as percentages of protein, energy (known as TDN, or total digestible nutrients) and fiber. Once the forage quality is determined, it can be compared to the nutrient requirements of cattle. If the animal’s needs are greater than what’s provided in the hay, feed supplements are needed. These supplements, also known as “least-cost supplemental feeding,” generally involve grouping animals based on ~ Tom Troxel their nutritional requirements, forage test results and cost of feed grains, said Troxel. Grouping cattle with different requirements — such as nonlactating cows and lactating cows — can cause either overfeeding and a waste of costly supplements, or underfeeding and poor cattle performance. “Knowing the nutrient composition of the forage allows feeding lowerquality hay to cattle with lower nutrient requirements, and feeding higher-quality hay to cattle with greater requirements,” he said. Producers can contact their county extension agent for more information on how to conduct a forage test.

“Due to poor weather conditions in 2011, a lot of cow pies in January and February will be indicative of these energy-deficient diets.”

Winter woes 2011 was one of the worst years in state history for hay production. Last year, many hay reserves were quickly used up, and the first hay cuttings were affected by cool temperatures and too much moisture. Severe-toexceptional drought blanketed the state for months, further complicating matters. Many cattle producers began feeding hay in August or September, as opposed to usually feeding around November. The scarcity of good-quality hay sent prices way up, and poorquality hay was baled, sold and shipped to Arkansas. Producers scrambled to find alternative feed sources, ranging from soybean and grain sorghum residue to rice stubble, corn stalks and poultry litter. Translation: some cows went into winter thinner than normal, so keep an eye on those cow pies. “Due to poor weather conditions in 2011, a lot of cow pies in January and February will be indicative of these energy-deficient diets,” said Troxel. Producers should keep a close eye on cattle to ensure good health. Combining the “art” of cow-pieology with the “science” of forage testing and least-cost rations is essential to successful cattle management. “The art of beef production must be mastered before the science can be applied, because the art identifies when science should be used, changed or adapted,” he said. “But one cannot exist without the other: both are needed to make wise management decisions.” Source: www.extension.org

Bloggers step up to the keyboard by Cyndie Sirekis More than 6,000 people, mostly Farm Bureau members, attended the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 93rd Annual Meeting, held in midJanuary. About a dozen of the attendees, all active in social media, volunteered to blog about their experiences. These “guest bloggers” wrote more than 40 posts for the Farm Bureau Annual Meeting Blog (http://farmbureau.wordpress.com). Posts about the topics listed below were the most popular. President Bob Stallman’s annual address. In what has been dubbed the “State of Farm Bureau,” AFBF President Bob Stallman outlines the current “lay of the land” when it comes to regulations and policy related to agriculture, and highlights the organization’s priorities. He also suggests a few strategic actions for the farmer and rancher members to consider. “We must engage directly with the consumer as an industry in ways we haven’t before,” Stallman said. “And while we must fully engage in this ongoing national dialogue about food and the devoted care we take when we grow it, we must also never, ever

FOCUS ON AGRICULTURE American Farm Bureau Federation forget to listen.” Blogged Jeff Fowle, a California farmer and rancher, “I believe he [Stallman] is spot on when he said, ‘…Folks, maybe, just maybe, we, as the producers of food in this country, can play a role to help unite instead of divide. It’s about time to put all else aside and for all of us to stand up as Americans first.’” Advocating for agriculture. “For years when we talked about agriculture we told people how safe, abundant and affordable our food was in this country,” blogged Chris Chinn of Missouri. “Farm Bureau members learned from U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance research that consumers don’t connect to these messages because these are not concerns they have. People are more concerned about the methods we are using to produce food and the impact it might have on consumer health. We need to let people know we hear their concerns and we want to address them.”

Young farmers and ranchers. Results for national Young Farmers and Ranchers (aged 18-35) competitions naturally generated interest, but musings about where agriculture may be headed also garnered attention. “The increasing average age of farmers and ranchers in the United States is a legitimate concern,” wrote Chelsea Good, communications director at the Kansas Department of Agriculture. “Many people my age are hesitant to take the leap and farm and ranch full-time. From increasing production costs to limited access to credit, getting a start in agriculture as a young person is not easy. However, in my opinion, the leadership development happening through YF&R indicates that our industry will have strong, competent leaders for many years to come.” Farm tours. “Hawaii is facing a lot of issues in agriculture that are similar to what farmers face on the mainland, including challenges related to water, economics and animal

rights activism,” blogged Hilary Maricle of Nebraska. “Additionally, they have supply issues as so much of their food is shipped in… throughout the U.S., we have things that are threatening agriculture and the effects can be seen in Hawaii. If we want to keep ag strong, farmers must continue to stand up and speak out together like our AFBF delegates [who set the policy direction for the organization in the coming year] did on Tuesday!” Farmer and rancher photos. North Dakota rancher Val Wagner blogged about a surprisingly emotional standing-room only session featuring photographer Paul Mobley talking about his book American Farmer, the Heart of Our Country. “As image after image played across the screen, and story after story was told, I couldn’t help but sit up a little straighter, hold my head a little higher and feel just a little bit better,” Wagner wrote. “Mr. Mobley said it best when he said, ‘If we need to look for role models in this day, we need to look no farther than the American farmer.’ Amen.” Cyndie Sirekis is director of news services with the American Farm Bureau Federation.

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Cow dung, or “cow pies” have quite a solid reputation. Dried, they can be used as fuel, thrown competitively like a discus, and, in some circles, cured and used as kitschy accessories, from paperweights to clocks. But cow pies also serve another important purpose: they are an indicator of bovine health and hay quality as well. If cattle are the consumers, ranchers and producers are the dietitians. A quick look at a fresh cow pie gives the trained observer a good idea of a cow’s diet and general health, said Tom Troxel, professor and associate department head-animal science for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “‘Cow-pieology’ is the study of cow pies, but it’s certainly not a science; it’s an art that beef cattle producers have practiced for many years,” he said. “Many beef producers observe cow pies to determine when to start supplemental feeding or when to rotate the cattle to a different pasture. “By observing the cow pie, one can get an indication of the quality of the animal’s diet,” said Troxel. A pie in the face Veteran cow producers, through years of observation, are able to tell whether cows are getting the proper nutritional requirements for their diet. All they have to do is look a pie in the face. “The shape, size, color and texture [of a cow pie] can tell a story,” he said. For example, take a cow pie that is flat, round and dark in color. The


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Ancient grapefruit tree A couple mornings ago, the sun shone in brightly during my breakfast. It was cold outside, with no wind. So I was able to hear the buzz of what appeared to be oversized house-flies. The sun must have activated these six-legged pests out of dormancy or some such state of nonmotion. I don’t think these critters hibernate, since their life-span is measured in days. A couple of these winged nuisances bounced off one of our double-paned windows, with staccatolike ticking noises. I was

able to carefully crunch them, one at a time, taking pains to not leave bug stains on the glass or sills. Next I shoved each insect corpse into the potting soil which serves as home to one of our grapefruit trees. These grapefruit trees range in age from eight to 15 years. Sue and I planted them as seeds, from fruit sold by local FFA clubs, ordered from Florida’s Farm Bureau. I always look forward to the arrival of this citrus fruit during late November. These growing plants are moved out on our deck from mid-April to around Thanksgiving.

When a serious frost threatens, I move them together and cover them with an old sheet. Thus protected, they can survive temperatures down to 25 degrees Fahrenheit. So they end up spending about five months indoors, providing beautiful greenery, compared to the blinding white so common outdoors that time of year. We hoped that at some time these trees, which are almost four feet tall, would bear fruit. But they’ve never even blossomed; there are usually plenty of honeybees around to pollinate any blossoms that might appear. These trees develop new leaves when they’re outside, and even do

that indoors. When we bring them indoors we trim them down, particularly removing the thorns. They get fed an organic fertilizer which is mostly feather meal and rock phosphate. After “googling” the term “sterile grapefruit tree”, I was able to locate and telephone a Cooperative Extension Agent in Osceola County in Central Florida. I wanted to find out why our trees haven’t even flowered. The agent said that, planted from seed, they don’t flower until eight or ten years of age, possibly longer. She also said they probably want a lot more sunlight than what they receive indoors during five months of the year.

She said in the citrus industry branches of mature trees of desirable varieties are grafted onto much younger trees. This way, at least the grafted branches “think” they’re old enough to flower and bear fruit. I got the feeling that if our grapefruit trees were transplanted down to Osceola County, they would try to catch up to their cousins or ancestors who never saw snow. While doing my Internet search for a southern citrus authority, I stumbled into something interesting regarding navel oranges. According to orange historian Vince Moses, living in Riverside, CA, “That appearance of a navel on the orange is the result of a

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Crop from 6 trees-by grafting — and sent them to the USDA in Washington. “Because the navel orange through that mutation is seedless,” Moses says, “all of the navel oranges that we see today and we eat today are genetically identical with the original orange.”

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Army as an armored tank division commander. Well, I told Satish that I would contact a citrus specialist in Florida’s cooperative extension service. Which I did. I talked to a gentleman in Orlando. I believe that Satish had even e-mailed me some photos of the diseased tree, which I forwarded to the county agent, who then asked me how old the tree was. I told him the tree was 40 years old. Silence. I believe this fellow was trying hard not to laugh. He told me that very rarely do grapefruit trees remain productive past

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Bloggers step up to the keyboard by Cyndie Sirekis More than 6,000 people, mostly Farm Bureau members, attended the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 93rd Annual Meeting, held in midJanuary. About a dozen of the attendees, all active in social media, volunteered to blog about their experiences. These “guest bloggers” wrote more than 40 posts for the Farm Bureau Annual Meeting Blog (http://farmbureau.word press.com). Posts about the topics below were the most popular. President Bob Stallman’s annual address. In what has been dubbed the “State of Farm Bureau,” AFBF President Bob Stallman outlines the current “lay of the land” when it comes to regulations and policy related to agriculture, and highlights the organization’s priorities. He also suggests a few strategic actions for the farmer and rancher members to consider.

“We must engage directly with the consumer as an industry in ways we haven’t before,” Stallman said. “And while we must fully engage in this ongoing national dialogue about food and the devoted care we take when we grow it, we must also never, ever forget to listen.” Blogged Jeff Fowle, a California farmer and rancher, “I believe he [Stallman] is spot on when he said, ‘…Folks, maybe, just maybe, we, as the producers of food in this country, can play a role to help unite instead of divide. It’s about time to put all else aside and for all of us to stand up as Americans first.’” Advocating for agriculture. “For years when we talked about agriculture we told people how safe, abundant and affordable our food was in this country,” blogged Chris Chinn of Missouri. “Farm Bureau members learned from U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance

research that consumers don’t connect to these messages because these are not concerns they have. People are more concerned about the methods we are using to produce food and the impact it might have on consumer health. We need to let people know we hear their concerns and we want to address them.” Young farmers and ranchers. Results for national Young Farmers and Ranchers (aged 1835) competitions naturally generated interest, but musings about where agriculture may be headed also garnered attention. “The increasing average age of farmers and ranchers in the United States is a legitimate concern,” wrote Chelsea Good, communications

director at the Kansas Department of Agriculture. “Many people my age are hesitant to take the leap and farm and ranch full-time. From increasing production costs to limited access to credit, getting a start in agriculture as a young person is not easy. However, in my opinion, the leadership development happening through YF&R indicates that our industry will have strong, competent leaders for many years to come.” Farm tours. “Hawaii is facing a lot of issues in agriculture that are similar to what farmers face on the mainland, including challenges related to water, economics and animal rights activism,” blogged Hilary Maricle of Nebraska. “Additionally, they have supply issues

FOCUS ON AGRICULTURE American Farm Bureau Federation as so much of their food is shipped in… throughout the U.S., we have things that are threatening agriculture and the effects can be seen in Hawaii. If we want to keep ag strong, farmers must continue to stand up and speak out together like our AFBF delegates [who set the policy direction for the organization in the coming year] did on Tuesday!” Farmer and rancher photos. North Dakota rancher Val Wagner blogged about a surprisingly emotional standingroom only session featuring photographer Paul Mobley talking about his book American Farmer, the Heart of Our Country. “As image after image played across the screen,

and story after story was told, I couldn’t help but sit up a little straighter, hold my head a little higher and feel just a little bit better,” Wagner wrote. “Mr. Mobley said it best when he said, ‘If we need to look for role models in this day, we need to look no farther than the American farmer.’ Amen.” Cyndie Sirekis is director of news services with the American Farm Bureau Federation.

Crop from 7 30 years. I explained that my son’s father-inlaw had an emotional attachment to the old citrus specimen. The agent may have given me a fungicide recommendation of some kind. Satish didn’t want to use chemicals if at all possible. The matter of chemical control became rapidly moot, when the Major emailed me back to say

that the tree took a terrible turn for the worse: some form of blight removed any chance of the tree surviving. Satish hired a logger to remove his beloved grapefruit tree. Oddly enough, the departed tree’s two grove-mates have survived, continuing to bear fruit into their fifth decade, as if to spite the Florida county agent.

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Shur-Co®, LLC, a leader in the cover and containment industry for over 50 years, introduces its 4500 Series Electric roll tarp. The 4500 Series features a powerful new motor with an all-metal casing and incredibly reliable magnetic brake. With no need for electrical energy to actuate, there are no moving parts

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Farmers must learn to talk consumers’ language People are talking about food, and farmers and ranchers need to take the lead in the conversation, Melissa Kinch and Keith Yazmir, members of the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance’s communications team, told attendees at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 93rd Annual Meeting. Opening a dialogue with consumers is an opportunity for farmers and ranchers to restore and build on the public’s trust in how food is grown and raised. “You can’t build trust if you can’t have a conversation,” according to Kinch, senior vice president of Ketchum Communications. Kinch and Yazmir outlined four steps that will help farmers and ranchers move out of combat mode and have a constructive conversation about what they do and why they do it. The four steps are engage, acknowledge, share and earn trust, or E.A.S.E. Growers should start by engaging the people around them. Ask a fellow traveler at the airport, “Where are you headed?” Tread lightly, find common ground and steer the conversation toward food. Next, acknowledge peoples’ worries about the food they’re feeding their families, but don’t

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what they do on their farms and ranches. Addressing consumers’ real concerns will go a long way in earning their trust. In talking about what they do, farmers and ranchers need to recognize that there is always room for improvement,

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Funding announced for Community Farms Preservation for those farms to ensure their land is not converted to non-agricultural uses and for Connecticut to ensure its best agricultural soils remain available for production.” The Community Farms Preservation Program will be implemented in two phases: prequalification and application/evaluation. During prequalification, interested municipalities must complete the following steps by May 31: • Recognize farmland preservation in the plan of conservation and development or interim town plan for local farmland preservation; • Establish an agricultural commission and/or program for farmland preservation; • Inventory its local farmland resources; • Prioritize farms for preservation using a criteria scoring or ranking system; • Designate a fund for

farmland preservation and have a method of funding; and • Request identification of locally important farmland soils through U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS). Municipalities meeting the above eligibility criteria may enter into a cooperative agreement with the Connecticut Department of Agriculture no later than May 31. Prequalified municipalities that have entered into such agreements must then complete the agency’s application package and submit it to the commissioner on or before July 31. The agency will review and evaluate applications using scoring criteria established with input from its Farmland Preservation Advisory Board. Preference will be given to food-producing farms that may be too small to qualify for the existing Farmland

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Preservation Program, established in 1978. “We put a great deal of care and consideration into developing the evaluation criteria after legislation enabling this program was passed in 2008,” said Reviczky. “This program is something we see as a valuable component of the state’s long-term plan to cultivate sustainable agriculture and food pro-

duction for the residents of Connecticut. As a result, we have spent considerable time and effort on the details.” By Oct. 1, the department expects to complete application evaluation and determine projects that will become part of the pilot program. The Community Farms Preservation Program is voluntary. Interested farmers and municipali-

ties are encouraged to contact the Connecticut Department of Agriculture to discuss eligibility. For more information, contact Program Director J. Dippel or Property Agent Katherine Winslow by phone at 860-7132511 or in writing at Connecticut Department of Agriculture, Farmland Preservation Program, 165 Capitol Avenue, G8A, Hartford, CT 06106.

NFU: State of the Union positive for rural America with commitment to renewable energy, trade enforcement WASHINGTON, D.C. — National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement following President Obama’s State of the Union Address on Jan. 24: “We are pleased that the president and the administration have renewed their pledge to the United States’ energy independence. As the president said, we need to seek ‘a future where we’re in control of our own energy, and our se-

curity and prosperity aren’t so tied to unstable parts of the world. An economy built to last, where hard work pays off, and responsibility is rewarded.’ Homegrown energy is how we keep money, jobs and families in rural America. “Rebuilding the economy begins in rural America. It begins with U.S. family farmers and ranchers who provide food, fiber and Americanmade fuel. The farm bill is largest investment in ru-

ral America, and in order to ensure family farms and rural America can continue to prosper, it must be passed in 2012. “We are encouraged by the president’s announcement of the formation of a trade enforcement unit. Trade is a necessity for U.S. agriculture, but we must all play by the same rules. This group will be critical to farmers and ranchers, ensuring that they have a level playing field in marketing their products.”

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HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut Agriculture Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky recently announced $2 million in funding for farmland preservation through the Connecticut Department of Agriculture’s new Community Farms Preservation Program. This pilot program allocates Community Investment Act funds for cooperative state-local farmland preservation projects in qualifying municipalities. Reviczky explained that the purpose of the Community Farms Preservation Program is to encourage locally supported farmland preservation. “One of the most exciting aspects of this program is its especially good fit for smaller farms that have excellent agricultural soils and contribute to local economic activity, but may not be eligible for other protection programs,” Reviczky said. “Now we are able to provide an opportunity


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CAT 928F 2 1/2 yd. loader, radials, excellent condition, painted, $32,500; JD 530 restored, $11,000; JD 520 loader, value, $3,200. 716-257-5129.(NY)

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GLENCOE s saver 9 shank, excellent, $8,750; 2 place galv. sled trailer, $700; C cadet #1620 mower, $750; Wheat Straw. 315-945-1923.(NY)

WANTED: Nubian Buck, no horns or young enough to be dehorned with hot iron, Bloomfield, NY 8:30 am to 11:30 pm, 585657-6076.(NY)

WANTED: Non GMO soybean and corn; WANTED: Complete flex auger kit, 3 1/2 in. or 4 1/2 in. dia. 585-554-4154.(NY)

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JD 524 Bulldozer blade for 4020, 4630; JD 46a loader, white, ROPS, with canopy, Case IH 885 2wd w/ cab. 518-3760244.(NY)

BERKSHIRE, Chester, White, Yorkshire boars; Also, Berkshire gilts from certified head. Jim Parlett, York Co. 717-8623610.(PA)

WANTED: IH 1086 or 1486 tractor, 2wd or 4x4, low houred and in good overall condition; Wanted, 18 ft. IH disc. 607-7693404.(NY)

WANTED: PUREBRED Jersey heifer calves or open heifers, purebred dairy goats, doe kids or bred adults, MA, VT, or NH. 413-687-7180.(MA)

CERTIFIED ORGANIC dry round bales, 4x5, net wrap, some inside, some outside. 585-593-1631.(NY)

1960 FORD 600 Tractor with loader, 10 speed forward, 2 reverse, runs fine, live PTO, $3,000; 315-343-9687.(NY)

ROUND 4th cutting baleage, process large square 1st cutting, process large square wheat straw. 607-749-4750.(NY)

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COMBINE FOR PARTS: Dismantling IH 1440 Combine; Also, Hyd. dump for IH Air Planter. 315-536-9537.(NY)

OLD HAY TEDDER, horse kind, restoration work needed, $150. 607-2785544.(NY)

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TWO HOLSTEIN, one Jersey Holstein Heifers, due in February; Artificially bred for calving ease. Nice. $1,300 OBO. 607674-6094.(NY)

83 ACRE FARM Finger Lakes, NY; Barns, 50 tillable, spring, well, 5 bedrooms, 2 baths, new kitchen, fenced pasture, woods. 607-244-3696.(NY) VACUUM PUMP, $300 BO; Chicken Debeaker, $200 BO; 400 GAL. Milk tank with compressor. 413-562-2981.(MA)

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WATER TANK, 800 gallons, $150 obo; Winch, new, $175 obo; Drill bits, 30 for $7.00; Gerbil cages, large, $7.00 each. 315-531-8670.(NY)

IH 1086 strong tractor, good rubber, needs paint, $7,000; Sani-matic pipeline washer box w/ spare, new timer, $300, make offer. 716-941-5123.(NY)

BORDER COLLIE puppies, born 12-1711, ready for Valentine’s Day, purebred, no papers, bk/wt., farm homes preferred, $200. 315-430-4164.(NY)

REG. Holstein bulls by man-o-man super and bowser, one year old, ready for heifer Pen. dams by Shottle, Marion, Air-Raid. 413-527-6274.(MA)

WANTED: Loader detachable Bush Hog, 2845, in good condition, will consider other brands, can pick up. 802-236-4917.(VT)

WANTED: Front steel wheels to fit Farmall H tractor. Solid or belting, 6x27. 607-2437466.(NY)

(5) BRED Holstein heifers, 3 Red and White, 2 Black and White, due March. Bred to Black and White Holstein. 315-6835532.(NY)

UBLER 810 electric feed cart. 7 horse straw chopper. JD 7720 4WD combine. 2 year male miniature horse. 1 yr male pigmi goat. 315-492-1510.(NY) HAFLINGER GELDING, 11 years old, rides and drives, no vices, easy keeper. 716-741-4862.(NY)

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WANTED: 14 to 16 ft. Badger ring drive silo unloader. For Sale: guinea pigs, nice, also mille fleur ducc’le bantams. Call 607-2437119.(NY) CLETRAC HG42 Pro pulley, drawbar, under carriage 100%, original tools, books, nice, $4,300; WANTED: Tandem axle livestock trailer, G-C. 315-576-1573.(NY) WANTED: Wood fired syrup evaporator; Also wanted, 4-star hay tedder; Also wanted, 9 ft. haybine; Also, for sale, one horse sleigh. 315-858-0540.(NY) WANTED: METAL Martin Silo with or without roof, rusted is okay. Also, wanted International 240 tractor. 518-598-6661.(NY) GREAT PYRENEES Cross pups, will make great livestock guardians, started outdoors. Ready Mid January, 1st shots, dew claws removed, $400. 716-625-8440.(NY)

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WANTED: NEW HOLLAND 3 row snapper head - 607-849-3485.(NY) JD 7200 6rw conservation planter, dry fert. vacuum monitor, Rawson Zonetill, nice, $11,500; Round bales, 2nd, $45; 1st, $28, inside. 315-576-1310.(NY) WANTED: MANIFOLD for Allis Chalmers Model B tractor. 585-227-2091.(NY)

WHEAT STRAW clean, no dust, 40 pound bales, deliver, Canandaigua and towns north of Penn Yan, Call for prices, 585-7477567.(NY)

FORD NAA 1953 JUBILEE, ran when parked, $2,000, needs carb work, new wiring harness, original Dearborn 2btm plow; Sickle mower; 518-658-0718.(NY)

2 used 1000 gal tanks, $895/ea; used 3000 gal tank, $1,895.; 15 to 20 years old, never in ground, good condition. 203-8806814.(CT)

HARSCH 240 mixer wagon, $2500, pull type. 315-651-8862.(NY) 9300 JD Backhoe for parts, swing, motor broke, $600; NH 163 tedder, hy fold, 4 star, good condition. 585-554-4656.(NY) HEMLOCK, BASSWOOD, POPLAR, SOFT MAPLE, 16” - 24” on stump, best reasonable offer. Couple tri-axle loads possible. Arkport area. 607-661-5150.(NY)

2006 F-250 regular cab, V-8, gas, auto, air, cruise, X-L, work truck, V-G condition, 50,000 one owner, $15,000. 315-2324326.(NY) LOST HEREFORD COW, from Empire Livestock, Dryden Area. Reward. 607-6873028.(NY) 1995 7210 Case IH, 6,000 hours, runs great, uses no oil, tires 10%, $30,000. 315246-8439.(NY) WEAVERLINE FEED cart, #430, gc, $6,850; Also, Clay 20’ silo unloader hexapod & winch included $950. 585-5544589.(NY) WANTED: ROPS OR CAB for Oliver 1755 tractor; Also, used cattle scales - 315-7061693.(NY)

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Shuttering 259 USDA facilities causes harm to ag community National Farmers Union (NFU) expressed disappointment after U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the closure of more than 250 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) facilities. “It should come as no surprise that FSA and other USDA service and

research facilities are closing because of the continued emphasis on spending reduction,” said NFU Vice President of Government Relations Chandler Goule. “A ‘cut first, ask questions later’ attitude in Congress toward investing in agriculture and rural America is now showing its true cost

to farmers, ranchers and rural citizens with these closures. Agriculture cannot be continually asked to do more than its fair share to resolve our nation’s deficit problems — our leaders must look elsewhere to find solutions.” According to USDA, a total of 259 facilities

across the country will be shut down. FSA offices will account for 131 of the closures, and agricultural research stations, Natural Resource Conservation offices, Rural Development offices and Food, Nutrition and Consumer Service offices, among other agencies, will account for the rest.

“The efforts Secretary Vilsack and USDA have undertaken to conserve resources are commendable,” said Goule. “They have made great strides toward streamlining and economizing the department’s operations. Since 2010, Congress has cut USDA’s discretionary spending levels by about

12 percent, and USDA has done its best to prevent those reductions from affecting the quality of service that farmers and ranchers have come to expect. With the latest spending reductions, it was not possible to avoid painful cuts that will harm farmers and ranchers across the country.”

Anything new on the Farm Bill? by Bob Gray The short answer is no. It is not clear at this point whether or not the House and Senate Agriculture Committees can move a Farm Bill forward in the current political environment. What we do know for sure is that agriculture programs will be tar-

geted for much greater cuts as the deficit reduction debate continues. The $23 billion in recommended savings last fall by the House and Senate Agriculture Committees will not likely hold as the final number for spending reduction. It is very likely to be much

higher as the deficit reduction process moves along. This is precisely why the two Chairs of the Senate and House Agriculture Committees would like to move the Farm Bill sooner rather than later. Many key Members of Congress fully expect that the Farm Bill will be

“punted off” until 2013. However a number Members of Congress also point out — and I might say correctly — that doing a Farm Bill in 2013 will not be any easier. In fact, it may be worse than trying to get a bill done in 2012. Chairman Frank Lucas of the House Agri-

culture Committee probably summarized it the best when he characterized the prospects for a Farm Bill this year. Mr. Lucas noted that 2012 could either be described as “a Maalox year or a Pepto Bismo year, but one of these two.” Farm Bills are never

easy. In fact the 2008 Farm Bill was vetoed twice by the President but each time the veto was overridden by Congress. The whole Farm Bill process in 2008 was characterized as “akin to passing a kidney stone.” Ouch! Source: NDFC E-letter for Jan. 20

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2008 Agway Accumul8 AC800 Bale Accumulator & AC8006G SSL Grabber, Like New Package. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $8,700 Krause 2204A 14' Disc Harrow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3,780 1998 Unverferth 13' Perfecta II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,800 Brillian 16' Drag Harrow w/Transport. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,695 2002 N.H. 570 Baler w/72 Thrower- Excellent Cond. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $19,600 2001 NH 163 Tedder, Hyd. 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Swing Discbine - Good Condition . . . . . . . . . $10,200 N.H. 415 Discbine-Good Condition. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $4,900 N.H. 315 Baler w/70 Thrower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $4,950 2009 Erskin 72" Front Mount snowblower for Class III Compact Tractor . . $4,760 2003 Challenger PTD10 10' Disc Mower/Conditioner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $14,000 2003 Challenger RB46 Silage Special Round Baler. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $17,500 2011 N.H. BR7060 4x5 Silage Special Round Baler w/Crop Cutter- Like New . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $31,250 2011 H & S CR10 10 Wheel Hyd. Fold Rake - Like New. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3,900 Gehl 1315V Spreader, Good Cond. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $4,995 1988 Hesston 530 Round Baler, w/Gathering Wheels, 30x54” Bales, Good Cond. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $4,995 2008 Krause 7300/18WR 18' Cushion gang disc - Demo unit - Like New . . $25,625 CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT 2007 N.H. M428 Telehandler 42' Reach - 1050 Hrs. . . . . . . . REDUCED $41,250 2008 N.H. M459 Telehandler 45' Reach - 420 Hrs. . . . . . . . . REDUCED $62,500 2008 . . N.H.W50BTC Mini Wheel Loader, Cab w/Heat/Air, Bucket/Forks-375 Hrs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . REDUCED $61,250 2007 . . N.H. E70SR Excavator w/Blade, Steel Tracks, Cab w/Heat /AC - 400 Hrs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . REDUCED $65,000 2009 . . . . N.H. E135B SR Excavator w/Cab, Dozer Blade, 36" Bucket - 1600 Hrs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $118,750 2009 . N.H. E50B Cab w/Heat & Air, Blade, Rubber Track, Hyd. Thumb - 725 Hrs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $41,250 2010 N.H. E35B Excavator w/Blade, Rubber Tracks, Cab w/Heat/Air- . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . REDUCED $30,625 2010 . . N.H. L170 Skidsteer, Cab w/Heat, Pilot Controls, Hyd. 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Supreme Court ruling benefits consumers and America’s agriculture industry WASHINGTON, D.C. — National Farmers Union (NFU) is pleased with the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent unanimous decision in National Meat Association v. Harris in which the court ruled that hogs suffering from fatigued hog syndrome are fit for slaughter once they have rested and recovered from their travel. NFU was a party on the victorious side of this lawsuit. The decision overturned an earlier ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals which prevented such animals from being slaughtered. “We are pleased that the Supreme Court used sound science to determine that animals that are fatigued from being transported are simply tired, not sick, as the state of California attempted to allege,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. The lawsuit was filed by National Farmers Union and a group of agricultural organizations in response to a California statute that would have prohibited nonambulatory animals, including those with fatigued pig syndrome, from being used for human consumption. “These animals represent absolutely no health risk for consumers, so they should not be removed from the supply chain,” said Johnson. “Removing them only decreases the number of animals available for consumption and drives up food costs, while increasing bureaucratic red tape. The Supreme Court’s ruling is supported by science, and benefits consumers, slaughterhouses, and Ameri-

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Farm energy opportunities In effort to connect dairy producers with farm energy and cost saving opportunities, the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy is encouraging producers to contact their local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office. Funding is currently available to help producers address their on-

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Dairy Exports Are A Star Issued Jan. 20, 2012 Whey is the bright spot in the domestic and global dairy market, according to FC Stone dairy economist Bill Brooks. Speaking in Tuesday’s DairyLine radio program, Brooks said there was positive news on the grains side of things for dairy produc-

ers as corn and soybean meal futures prices are down so that will be a reprieve on feed costs but not so good for those farmers who sell corn. Cheese prices haven’t seen a lot of change and have bounced around some, Brooks said. Prices attracted buyers but that hadn’t moved futures prices much. Milk prices are below

what they were a year ago, he said, but costs are still high so they’re not real excited about selling. Buyers aren’t excited about those prices either, according to Brooks, and feel there may be some downturn ahead because we are in First Quarter and we’ll see more milk coming on, anticipating the seasonal downturn in cheese markets. Whey, on the other hand has been like a rocket ship, Brooks said, continuing to work its way higher as new contracts came into effect for the First Quarter.

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to $1.5025, three-quarter cents below a year ago. Thirteen cars of block traded hands on the week and nine of barrel. The lagging NASSsurveyed U.S. average block price averaged $1.5724, down 0.9 cent. The barrels averaged $1.6081, up a half cent. Spot butter also dropped the third week of the New Year, closing Friday at $1.57, down 4 1/4-cents on the week, and 53 cents below a year ago. No butter was sold in the spot market all week. NASS butter averaged $1.5828, down 1.9 cents. NASS nonfat dry milk averaged $1.4151, down 0.1 cent, and incredibly, dry whey jumped another 2.3 cents, to 70.2 cents per pound. Churning schedules across the country are active, according to USDA, but lighter than during the recent yearend holiday period. Cream supplies are often more available to the churn than anticipated. Class II operations are once again absorbing cream supplies that were surplus to the churn during the holidays. Overall butter buying interest is fair at best. Orders being placed are

for near term needs with u p c o m i n g Easter/Passover needs entering discussions. Most retailers are indicating that feature activity will be limited until possibly the Easter/Passover holiday in early April. Looking “back to the futures;” the Class III milk price average for the first six months of 2012 stood at $17.16 per hundredweight (cwt.) on December 2, $16.84 on December 9, $17.07 on December 16, $17.04 on December 23, $17.60 on January 6, $17.28 on January 13, and was averaging $16.85 late morning January 20. The February 2012 Federal order Class I base milk price was announced Friday at $17.03 per cwt., down $1.77 from January but $1.14 above February 2011, and equates to about $1.46 per gallon. Analyst Alan Levitt says an MILC payment of around 15 cents to producers is possible but we won’t know for five weeks. The two-week NASSsurveyed butter price averaged $1.5893 per pound, down 1.9 cents from January. Nonfat dry

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Eastern States Exposition 1305 Memorial Ave • West Springfield, MA 01089 Phone: 413-737-2443 • Fax: 413-787-0127 FROM SOUTHWESTERN CONNECTICUT Take Rte. 10/202 North to Southwick, Mass., turning right onto Rte. 57 East (4.7 mi.) to center of Feeding Hills. Continue straight on Springfield Street to Rte. 147 East, about 2 1/2 mi. to ESE grounds. Continue to ESE's Gate 9 parking lot.

FROM CONNECTICUT AND POINTS SOUTH Take I-91 North from Rte. 2, I-84, I-95 or the Merritt Parkway -Follow I-91 North to Mass. Exit 3 to Route 5 North to Rte. 147 West, Memorial Avenue approximately 3/4 mi. to ESE's Gate 9 parking lot. ALTERNATE ROUTES FROM CONNECTICUT AND POINTS SOUTH Take I-91 North to Conn. Exit 38 (Poquonock) to Rte. 75 North to Rte. 147 East. Continue approximately 1/2 mile to ESE's Gate 9 parking lot. Take I-91 North to Conn. Exit 40 (Bradley Int'l. Airport) to Rte. 20 West to Rte. 75 North to Rte. 147 East. Continue approximately 1/2 mile to ESE's Gate 9 parking lot.

FROM THE BERKSHIRES AND POINTS WEST Take the Massachusetts Turnpike East to Exit 4, to Rte. 5 South, to Rte. 147 West. Continue approximately 3/4 mi. to ESE's Gate 9 parking lot. FROM VERMONT AND POINTS NORTH Take I-91 South to Mass. Exit 13B, to Rte. 5 South, to Rte. 147 West. Continue approximately 3/4 mi. to ESE's Gate 9 public parking lot. FROM NEW YORK CITY From New York City, take I-95 North to New Haven, Conn., travel North on I-91 and follow above directions from Connecticut and Points South. Or, follow Merritt Parkway or I-84 to I-91 North. FROM LONG ISLAND Take the Orient Point Ferry to New London, Conn. or the Port Jefferson Ferry to Bridgeport. (See following)

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FROM BOSTON AND POINTS EAST Take the Massachusetts Turnpike West to Exit 6 (Springfield). Go left at the light, following I-291 South to I-91 South (right lane) to Exit 3 and follow signs. OR, take the Massachusetts Turnpike West to Exit 4, to Rte. 5 South to Rte. 147 West. Continue approximately 3/4 mi. to ESE's Gate 9 parking lot.


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Mielke from 19 milk averaged $1.4155, down 2.6 cents. Cheese averaged $1.6052, 20 1/2-cents, and dry whey averaged 69.15 cents, up 3.7 cents. Another bright spot is in the export picture. One of the things often cited for improving the U.S. economy is increasing exports, and dairy continues to do its part, according to Dairy Profit Weekly editor Dave Natzke in Friday’s DairyLine. USDA recently released November trade estimates, noting high, and in some cases record-high, monthly and annual dairy exports. The value of November 2011 U.S. dairy exports topped $400 million for the ninth consecutive month, Natzke reported, pushing the year-to-date (Y-T-D) total to nearly $4.5 billion. Through the first 11 months of 2011, dairy exports were up 30 percent compared to the same period in 2010. USDA estimated YTD dairy imports at under $2.7 billion, yielding a 2011 dairy trade surplus of nearly $1.8 billion. November exports represented about 14 percent of total dairy solids production for the month, compared to imports representing just 2.9 percent. Based on volume, dry whey, nonfat dry milk and skim milk powder remain the leading dairy products exported, although Cheddar, other cheese, and butter are trending ahead of the past 3-4 years. “And while Mexico remains the leading export market for U.S. dairy products, Southeast Asia, China, Japan and South Korea are showing strong gains,” Natzke said, “With exports to China up 59 percent from the previous year, and sales to South Korea up 81 percent.” Improved trade isn’t limited to dairy products. U.S. dairy heifers remain in strong demand, with November exports topping 6,000 head for the fifth month in 2011, and brought the YTD total to more than 66,600 head, compared to less than 38,000 head for all of 2010. At nearly 48,000 head, Turkey is the leading market for U.S. dairy

heifers, representing about 72 percent of all dairy heifer exports. Mexico remains the second-leading U.S. dairy heifer market, at more than 10,500 head. U.S. dairy producers “retired” 261,900 dairy cows in December, according to USDA’s Livestock Slaughter report issued Friday. That’s 9,100 head more than November’s total but 2,900 less than a year ago. January to December 2011 dairy cow slaughter was estimated at 2.914 million head, up 107,000 from 2010. The January 19 Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook said that, “Despite a forecast of a small reduction in herd size from 2011, higher milk per cow will raise milk production in 2012.” Exports on both a fats and skims-solids basis were lowered for 2012. The result is lower prices in 2012 than in 2011 for the major dairy products and consequently for the all milk price. The Outlook stated that “Producers may still be adjusting to the rise in feed prices that began last year and the prospect of lower milk prices in 2012.” The fourth-quarter 2011 estimate for cow numbers was lowered slightly; but when rounded, resulted in no change from December’s 9,200 head. No change was made in 2011 output per cow, which was projected to be 21,315 pounds. Herd size forecasts for 2012 were unchanged from December, and herd size

will likely decline slightly from 2011 to 9,190 head. The total milk production forecasts for both 2011 and 2012 remain unchanged from December at 196 and 198.5 billion pounds, respectively. The January 27 Cattle report will provide an indication of producer intentions for heifer retention, according to USDA. Getting back to the international market; the CME’s Daily Dairy Report (DDR) reported that prices were mixed on the semi-monthly Global Dairy Trade auction. The weighted average price for skim milk powder SMP was $1.52 per pound, up 2.7 percent from the January 3 event. Winning prices for whole milk powder averaged $1.61 per pound, unchanged from the previous event. The weighted-average price for anhydrous milkfat was $1.85 per pound, up 2.8 percent. Cheddar cheese was $1.71 per pound, up 2.1 percent. The overall trade-weighted index was up 1.5 percent from the previous event. In other trade news; Jim Tillison, chief operating officer for the Cooperatives Working Together program (CWT) reported in Thursday’s DairyLine that CWT set a new benchmark in 2011, assisting in 280 export sales of cheese to 26 countries. That included 92 million pounds of Cheddar, Monterrey Jack, and Gouda cheese, the highest level ever since the program

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tion in the Pacific Northwest is near seasonal lows, the overall supply is slightly above year ago levels due to increased herd size in the region. Component levels in milk are reported to be good. Cream markets are returning to normal with some increased demand from ice cream and Class II manufacturers. Butter churns are processing any excess volumes. Updating a story from last week; Dairy Profit Weekly reports that the California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA) denied a hearing petition to consider modifying the California Class 4a milk price formula. California Dairies, Inc. (CDI) had proposed an increase in the “make allowance,” the amount processors can deduct from the minimum milk price paid to producers to cover manufacturing costs. CDI also asked that the “f.o.b. adjuster” for butter be lowered. Using the same argument it used when denying an earlier request from producer groups to consider a hearing to modify the California Class 4b whey factor, CDFA said the current Class 4a pricing formula was last adjusted September 1, 2011, and the short 4-month period did not warrant another change. One producer group,

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Mielke from 23 pounds of milk being exports or the annual production of about 43,000 cows so that has the same effect on producer milk prices as reducing the national herd size by that number of cows. Looking to 2012, Tillison said CWT is accepting bids on a weekly basis and, for the time being, butter is being added into the mix. Those products have the most positive impact on producer income, he concluded. Federal order and California data showed fluid milk sales in the September-November period were 13.68 billion pounds, down 1.69 percent from the prior year. In the first 11 months of 2011, organic milk sales were up 15 percent, while conventional milk sales were down 2.2 percent. Milk production is increasing along the Southern tier of states. Florida is increasing shipments of milk out of state with 70 loads reported the second week of 2012, compared to 45 the previous week. Increased bottler demand has returned with most K-12 schools fully in session again. Spot milk loads were available in the Midwest with demand somewhat mixed. Western milk supplies are slightly higher in the Southwest states and California. While produc-

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• BIG IRON EXPO • February 8 & 9, 2012 • Wed. 10-7 & Thurs. 9-4 Eastern States Exposition • West Springfield, MA

• MATERIAL HANDLING & INDUSTRIAL EQUIPMENT EXPO • February 8 & 9, 2012 • Wed. 10-7 & Thurs. 9-4 Eastern States Exposition • West Springfield, MA

dited manner. Additionally, the proposed rule can help to ensure all eligible disaster counties receive a designation. • USDA established 15 common Acreage Reporting Dates (ARDs) for farmers and ranchers participating in FSA and Risk Management Agency (RMA) programs. The common reporting dates will reduce the reporting burden on producers and also help to reduce USDA operating costs by sharing similar data across participating agencies. Before the streamlining, RMA had 54 ARDs for 122 crops, and FSA had 17 ARDs for 273 crops. More information on the new Land Contract Guar-

antee Program and the other changes are available at local FSA offices nationwide. Information about Farm Loan Programs and FSA loan qualifications can be found at www.fsa.usda.gov. The Obama Administration, with Agriculture Secretary Vilsack’s leadership, has worked tirelessly to strengthen rural America, implement the Farm Bill, maintain a strong farm safety net, and create opportunities for America’s farmers and ranchers. U.S. agriculture is currently experiencing one of its best years in decades thanks to the productivity, resiliency, and resourcefulness of our producers. Today, net farm income

is at record levels while debt has been cut in half since the 1980s. Overall, American agriculture supports 1 in 12 jobs in the United States and provides American consumers with 86 percent of the food we consume, while maintaining affordability and choice. The Obama Administration has aggressively worked to expand export opportunities and reduce barriers to trade, helping to push agricultural exports to record levels in 2011 and beyond. Strong agricultural exports are a positive contribution to the U.S. trade balance, support nearly 1 million American jobs and boost economic growth.

NCGA president offers path forward in 2012 On Jan. 3, Off the Cob spoke with National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer on his outlook for corn growers in the new year. Emphasizing the importance of cooperation and making changes on the horizon into opportunities for farmers, Niemeyer offered an optimistic outlook for agriculture should the industry take an active role in the many potential movements that could impact various pieces of the value chain. “I believe that it is time we stand together as an agricultural industry and recognize the new year for what it is — an open horizon in which each change holds endless possibility,” said Niemeyer. “Things will not be the same. Let’s make them better.” Offering direction on

how to do so, he cited many of NCGA’s accomplishments from the previous year. “In 2011, we saw joint efforts like the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, the National Agricultural Genotyping Center, CommonGround, the American Ethanol partnership with NASCAR and the Corn Farmers Coalition bringing organizations together and magnifying our voices,” he said. “We must build upon this success in 2012.” Niemeyer went on to explain how he envisions applying aspects of these programs to new models that will help farmers confront challenges on the changing landscape. “We will do so by redoubling our efforts on existing projects while finding

ways to apply this model of cooperation to new situations,” he said. “By working with our fellow farmers and industry allies, we can find innovative ways in which to achieve our goals and start a conversation with the broader public about how we all can work with one another to build a brighter future for farmers and those who rely on us for food, feed and fuel.” Concluding his message, Niemeyer stressed the importance of grassroots activism, a tenet upon which NCGA is based. “We know that change is inevitable in 2012,” he said. “Instead of fearing the possible implications, we must take charge of our mutual destiny.” Source: NCGA News of the Day, Tuesday, Jan. 3

• EMPIRE STATE FRUIT & VEG EXPO • Jan. 24, 25 & 26 2012 Oncenter Convention Center • Syracuse, NY

• HARD HAT EXPO • March 7 & 8, 2012 • Wed. 10-7 & Thurs. 9-4 New York State Fairgrounds • Syracuse, NY

• MATERIAL HANDLING & INDUSTRIAL EQUIPMENT EXPO • March 7 & 8, 2012 • Wed. 10-7 & Thurs. 9-4 New York State Fairgrounds • Syracuse, NY FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO EXHIBIT AT OR ATTEND ANY OF THESE SHOWS

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May 06 Small Animal Auction 12 Horse & Tack Auction @ 11am 20 Small Animal & Flower Auction June 03 Small Animal Auction 17 Small Animal & Veg. Plant Auction 29-30 Store Summer Sale July 01-08 Store Summer Sale 08 Small Animal Auction August 04 Horse & Tack Auction @ 6pm 05 Small Animal Auction

September 02 Small Animal Auction 23 Small Animal & Fall Harvest Auction 29 Horse & Tack Auction @ 6pm October 07 Small Animal Auction 12-21 Store Fall Sale November 04 Small Animal Auction December 02 Small Animal Auction Miscellaneous Merchandise taken every sale to be auctioned prior to animals

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Bruce Nelson has announced a new rule that expands loan opportunities for beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, while also establishing a new Land Contract Guarantee Program. The rule provides additional flexibility allowing FSA loan officers to consider all prior farming experience, including on-the-job training and formal education, when determining eligibility for FSA for farm operating and ownership loans. It also expands a previous pilot program, the Land Contract Guarantee Program, from six states to all 50 states. This program is designed to encourage farmers and ranchers to sell their property to beginning and socially disadvantaged (SDA) farmers and ranchers through the use of seller financing. “USDA continues to


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To Have Your Auction Listed, See Your Sales Representative or Contact David Dornburgh at 518-673-0109 • Fax 518-673-2381 Monday, January 30 • 8:00 AM: Half Acre Market, Ridge Rd., Auburn, NY. Drop Off Only. John Kelley, Empire Livestock Marketing, 315-2589752. • 12:00 Noon: Pavilion Market, 357 Lake St., Pavilion, NY. Regular sale. Empire Livestock Marketing, 585-5843033 • 12:30 PM: Dryden Market, 49 E. Main St., Dryden, NY. Calves. Phil Laug, Manager, Empire Livestock Marketing, 607-844-9104 • 12:30 PM: Hosking Sales, 6096 NYS Rt. 8, New Berlin, NY (30 miles S. of Utica & 6 miles N. of New Berlin). Misc. & Small Animals. 12:30 Produce, 1 pm Dairy. Due to farm accident, Schoharie Co. Herd Dispersal. 85 head, 45 milking age, 13 bred or breeding age, 27 started calves to 300#. Mixed herd Hols. few crosses, Jerseys, Normandy Cross. Low SCC all stages of lactation & AI bred. This herd has a 150,000 SCC 4.4F & 3.2P. Also 18 heifers from calves to breeding age from one farm. We now sell Lambs, Goats, Pigs & Feeders immediately following Dairy. Calves & Cull Beef approx. 5-5:30 pm. Tom & Brenda Hosking 607-699-3637, 607-847-8800, cell 607-972-1770 or 1771 www.hoskingsales.com • 12:30 PM: Burton Livestock, Vernon, NY. Sheep, Goats, Pigs, Horses & Hay. 1:30 pm Calves & Beef. Regular Mon-

day schedule. Happy New Year to all!. Dale Chambers, Manager, Empire Livestock Marketing, 315-829-3105 • 2:00 PM: Gouverneur Market, 952 US Hwy. 11, Gouverneur, NY. Calves, Pigs, Goats, Dairy and Beef. Jack Bero, Mgr. & Auctioneer, Empire Livestock Marketing, 315-322-3500, sale barn 315-2870220 • 4:00 PM: Chatham Market, 2249 Rte. 203, Chatham, NY. Regular Sale. Harold Renwick, Mgr. & Auctioneer, Empire Livestock Marketing, 518-3923321. Tuesday, January 31 • 1:00 PM: Central Bridge Livestock, Rte. 30A, Central Bridge, NY. Consigned from Washing Co. Farmer. Overstocked sends 10 fresh hfrs., Hols. X. All have had 9 way & have been wormed. Real nice group of hfrs. Dairy, sheep, goats, pigs and horses; 3:30 PM feeders followed by beef and calves. Tim Miller, Mgr. & Auctioneer, Empire Livestock Marketing, 518-868-2006, 800-321-3211. • 3:00 PM: Central Bridge Livestock, Rte. 30A, Central Bridge, NY. Beef Replacement & Feeder Sale. Tim Miller, Mgr. & Auctioneer, Empire Livestock Marketing, 518-868-2006, 800-3213211. Wednesday, February 1 • 8:00 AM: Half Acre Market, Ridge Rd., Auburn, NY. Drop Off Only. John Kelley, Empire Livestock Marketing, 315-258-

B RO U G HT ADDISON COUNTY COMMISSION SALES Rte. 125, E. Middlebury, VT 05740 Sale every Monday & Thursday Specializing in Complete Farm Dispersals “A Leading Auction Service” In Vt. 800-339-2697 or 800-339-COWS 802-388-2661 • 802-388-2639 ALEX LYON & SON Sales Managers & Auctioneers, Inc. Jack Lyon Bridgeport, NY 315-633-2944 • 315-633-9544 315-633-2872 • Evenings 315-637-8912 AUCTIONEER PHIL JACQUIER INC. 18 Klaus Anderson Rd., Southwick, MA 01077 413-569-6421 • Fax 413-569-6599 www.jacquierauctions.com Auctions of Any Type, A Complete, Efficient Service philcorn@jacquierauctions.com AUCTIONS INTERNATIONAL 808 Borden Rd., Buffalo, NY 14227 800-536-1401 www.auctionsinternational.com BENUEL FISHER AUCTIONS Fort Plain, NY 518-568-2257 Licensed & Bonded in PA #AU005568

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BRZOSTEK’S AUCTION SERVICE INC. Household Auctions Every Wed. at 6:30 PM 2052 Lamson Rd., Phoenix, NY 13135 Brzostek.com 315-678-2542 or 800-562-0660 Fax 315-678-2579 THE CATTLE EXCHANGE 4236 Co. Hwy. 18, Delhi, NY 13753 607-746-2226 • Fax 607-746-2911 www.cattlexchange.com E-mail: daveramasr@cattlexchange.com A Top-Quality Auction Service David Rama - Licensed Real Estate Broker C.W. GRAY & SONS, INC. Complete Auction Services Rte. 5, East Thetford, VT 802-785-2161 DANN AUCTIONEERS DELOS DANN 3339 Spangle St., Canandaigua, NY 14424 585-396-1676 www.cnyauctions.com dannauctioneers.htm DELARM & TREADWAY Sale Managers & Auctioneers William Delarm & Son • Malone, NY 518-483-4106 E.J. Treadway • Antwerp, NY 13608 315-659-2407

9752 • 1:00 PM: Finger Lakes Livestock, 3 mi. E. of Canandaigua, NY on Rt. 5 & 20. Regular Livestock Sale. Finger Lakes Livestock, 585-394-1515 www.fingerlakeslivestockex.com • 1:30 PM: Dryden Market, 49 E. Main St., Dryden, NY. Phil Laug, Manager, Empire Livestock Marketing, 607-8449104 • 1:30 PM: Burton Livestock, Vernon, NY. Calves followed by beef. Dale Chambers, Manager, Empire Livestock Marketing, 315-829-3105 • 1:30 PM: Cherry Creek Market, 6732 Pickup Hill Rd., Cherry Creek, NY. Regular sale. Empire Livestock Market, 716-296-5041 or 585-447-3842 • 3:00 PM: DR Chamber, Inc., 76 Maple Ave., Unadilla, NY. Dairy Consignment. Franklin Used Equipment Sales, Inc. Auction Service, 607-369-8231 Thursday, February 2 • 8:00 AM: Half Acre Market, Ridge Rd., Auburn, NY. Drop off only. John Kelley, Empire Livestock Marketing, 315-2589752 • 12:30 PM: Pavilion Market, 357 Lake St., Pavilion, NY. Regular sale. Empire Livestock Marketing, 585-584-3033 • 1:15 PM: Burton Livestock, Vernon, NY. Our usual run of dairy cows, heifers & service bulls. Dale Chambers, Manager, Empire Livestock Marketing, 315829-3105 • 2:00 PM: Gouverneur Market, 952 US

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Hwy. 11, Gouverneur, NY. Calves, Pigs, Goats, Dairy and Beef. Jack Bero, Mgr. & Auctioneer, Empire Livestock Marketing, 315-322-3500, sale barn 315-2870220 • 5:00 PM: Central Bridge Livestock, Rte. 30A, Central Bridge, NY. Calves, followed by Beef. Tim Miller, Mgr. & Auctioneer, Empire Livestock Marketing, 518-868-2006, 800-321-3211. Friday, February 3 • 11:00 AM: Lakeview Holsteins, 2456 Rt. 14, Penn Yan, NY. Selling complete dairies and registered & grade cattle. Hilltop Auction Company, Jay Martin 315-521-3123, Elmer Zeiset 315-7298030 • 3:30 PM: Erie Co. Fairgrounds, Hamburg, NY. WNY Farm Show Virtual Auction! Farm machinery, tractors, ATV’s. Roy Teitsworth, Inc. Auctioneers, 585243-1563 www.teitsworth.com Saturday, February 4 • 10:00 AM: Finger Lakes Livestock, 3 mi. E. of Canandaigua, NY on Rt. 5 & 20. Feeder Sale. Finger Lakes Livestock, 585-394-1515 www.fingerlakeslivestockex.com Monday, February 6 • Kissimmee, FL. Yoder & Frey Auctioneers, Inc., 419-865-3990 info@yoderandfrey.com www.yoderandfrey.com • Hosking Sales, 6096 NYS Rt. 8, New Berlin, NY (30 miles S. of Utica & 6

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EMPIRE LIVESTOCK MARKETING LLC 5001 Brittonfield Parkway P.O. Box 4844, East Syracuse, NY 315-433-9129 • 800-462-8802 Bath . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .607-776-2000 Burton Livestock . . . . . . . . . . .315-829-3105 Central Bridge . . . . . . . . . . . . .518-868-2006 Chatham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .518-392-3321 Cherry Creek . . . . . . . . . . . . . .716-296-5041 Dryden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .607-844-9104 Farm Sale Division . . . . . . . . . .315-436-2215 Gouverneur . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .315-287-0220 Half Acre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .315-258-9752 Pavilion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .585-584-3033 FINGER LAKES LIVESTOCK 3 miles east of Canandaigua, NY on Rt. 5 & 20. Livestock Sale every Wednesday at 1 PM Feeder Cattle Sales monthly Horse Sales as scheduled 585-394-1515 • Fax 585-394-9151 www.fingerlakeslivestockex.com FRANKLIN USED EQUIPMENT SALES, INC. AUCTION SERVICE Franklin, NY 607-829-5172 Over 30 Years Experience in Farm Equipment Auctions Frank Walker, Auctioneer P.O. Box 25, Franklin, NY 13775 fwalker2@stny.rr.com

FRALEY AUCTION CO. Auctioneers & Sales Managers, Licensed & Bonded 1515 Kepner Hill Rd., Muncy, PA 570-546-6907 Fax 570-546-9344 www.fraleyauction.com GENE WOODS AUCTION SERVICE 5608 Short St., Cincinnatus, NY 13040 607-863-3821 www.genewoodsauctionserviceinc.com GOODRICH AUCTION SERVICE INC. 7166 St. Rt. 38, Newark Valley, NY 13811 607-642-3293 www.goodrichauctionservice.com H&L AUCTIONS Malone, NY Scott Hamilton 518-483-8787 or 483-8576 Ed Legacy 518-483-7386 or 483-0800 518-832-0616 cell Auctioneer: Willis Shattuck • 315-347-3003 HARRIS WILCOX, INC. Bergen, NY 585-494-1880 www.harriswilcox.com Sales Managers, Auctioneers, & Real Estate Brokers


AUC TION CALENDAR To Have Your Auction Listed, See Your Sales Representative or Contact David Dornburgh at 518-673-0109 • Fax 518-673-2381 Empire Livestock Marketing, 716-2965041 or 585-447-3842 Thursday, February 16 • Burton Livestock, Vernon, NY. Fat Cattle & Feeder Sale. Dale Chambers, Manager, Empire Livestock Marketing, 315-829-3105 Saturday, February 18 • 9:30 AM: Newark Valley, NY. Large auction of farm & construction equipment. Goodrich Auction Service, Inc., 607-642-3293 www.goodrichauctionservice.com • 10:30 AM: Owens Farm, Smithfield, VA. Another Absolute Auction by Ownby. Farm Equipment Dispersal. No Buyer’s Premium!. Ownby Auction & Realty Co., Inc., 804-730-0500 Monday, February 20 • Hosking Sales, 6096 NYS Rt. 8, New Berlin, NY (30 miles S. of Utica & 6 miles N. of New Berlin). Monthly Sheep, Lamb, Goat & Pig Sale. 1 pm Dairy. We now sell Lambs, Goats, Pigs & Feeders immediately following Dairy. Calves & Cull Beef approx. 5-5:30 pm. Tom & Brenda Hosking 607-699-3637, 607847-8800, cell 607-972-1770 or 1771 www.hoskingsales.com • 2:00 PM: Windsor Meat Market, 73 West First Ave., Windsor, PA. Public Auction Online and On Site. For updates go to auctionzip.com 3721. Leaman Auctions, J. Edward Leaman, 610-662-8149, 717-464-1128 www.leamanauctions.com,

auctionzip.com 3721 Wednesday, February 22 • 11:00 AM: Cherry Creek Market, 6732 Pickup Hill Rd., Cherry Creek, NY. Feeder Calf Sale. Empire Livestock Market, 716-296-5041 or 585-447-3842 Thursday, February 23 • Burton Livestock, Vernon, NY. February Heifer Consignment Sale. Dale Chambers, Manager, Empire Livestock Marketing, 315-829-3105 Tuesday, February 28 • 10:00 AM: 97 Loop Rd., Quarryville, PA (Lancaster Co.). 53 Acre Dairy Farm. Leaman Auctions, J. Edward Leaman, 610-662-8149, 717-464-1128 www.leamanauctions.com, auctionzip.com 3721 Friday, March 2 • 11:00 AM: Lakeview Holsteins, 2456 Rt. 14, Penn Yan, NY. Selling complete dairies and registered & grade cattle. Hilltop Auction Company, Jay Martin 315-521-3123, Elmer Zeiset 315-7298030 Saturday, March 3 • 9:00 AM: Teitsworth Auction Yard, Barber Hill Rd., Geneseo, NY. Consignment Auction of Farm & Construction Equipment, Heavy & Light Trucks . Roy Teitsworth, Inc. Auctioneers, 585243-1563 www.teitsworth.com Saturday, March 10 • 9:00 AM: Penn Yan, NY (Yates Co.). Finger Lakes Produce Auction Spring

Farm Machinery Consignment Auction. Pirrung Auctioneers, Inc., 585-7282520 www.pirrunginc.com • 3:30 PM: Benton Fire Dept., 932 Rt. 14A, Benton Center, 3 mi. N. of Penn Yan, NY. Seneca Farm Toy Auction. Show 8:30 am - 2 pm. Dann Auctioneers, Delos Dann, 585-396-1676 www.cnyauctions.com/dannauctioneers.htm Saturday, March 17 • 1138 Rte. 318, Waterloo, NY. Third Annual Spring Equipment Auction. Large public auction selling for farmers, dealers, bank repo & construction equipment. Hilltop Auction Company, Jay Martin 315-521-3123, Elmer Zeiset 315-729-8030 • 8:00 AM: Mendon, NY. Saxby Implement Corp. Public Auction. 200 Lawn Mowers, Vehicles, New Trailers & much more. Roy Teitsworth, Inc. Auctioneers, 585-243-1563 www.teitsworth.com • 10:00 AM: Finger Lakes Livestock, 3 mi. E. of Canandaigua, NY on Rt. 5 & 20. Feeder Sale. Finger Lakes Livestock, 585-394-1515 www.fingerlakeslivestockex.com • 10:30 AM: Nathan Mason, Callaway, VA (near Rocky Mount). Another Absolute Auction by Ownby. Farm Equipment Dispersal. No Buyer’s Premium!. Ownby Auction & Realty Co., Inc., 804730-0500

HILLTOP AUCTION CO. 3856 Reed Rd., Savannah, NY 13146 Jay Martin 315-521-3123 Elmer Zieset 315-729-8030

L. W. HORST AUCTIONEER 1445 Voak Rd., Penn Yan, NY 14527 315-536-0954 • Fax: 315-536-6189 KELLEHER’S AUCTION SERVICE R.D. 1, Little Falls, NY 315-823-0089 We Buy or Sell Your Cattle or Equipment on Commission or Outright In Business Since 1948!

NORTHEAST KINGDOM SALES INC. Jim Young & Ray LeBlanc Sales Mgrs. • Barton, VT Jim - 802-525-4774 • Ray - 802-525-6913 neks@together.net NORTHAMPTON COOP. AUCTION Whately, MA • Farmer Owned Since 1949 Livestock Commission Auction Sales at noon every Tues. Consignments at 9 AM 413-665-8774

ROBERTS AUCTION SERVICE MARCEL J. ROBERTS Specializing in farm liquidations. 802-334-2638 • 802-777-1065 cell robertsauction@together.net

MEL MANASSE & SON, AUCTIONEERS Sales Managers, Auctioneers & Real Estate Brokers Whitney Point, NY Toll free 800-MANASSE or 607-692-4540 Fax 607-692-4327 www.manasseauctions.com

NORTHERN NEW YORK DAIRY SALES North Bangor, NY 518-481-6666 Sales Mgrs.: Joey St. Mary 518-569-0503 Harry Neverett 518-651-1818 Auctioneer John (Barney) McCracken 802-524-2991 www.nnyds.com

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HOSKING SALES Sales Managers & Auctioneer 6810 W. River Rd., Nichols, NY 13812 Tom & Brenda Hosking • AU 005392 Looking to have a farm sale or just sell a few? Give us a call. Trucking Assistance. Call the Sale Barn or check out our trucker list on the Web site. 607-699-3637 Fax 607-699-3661 www.hoskingsales.com hoskingsales@stny.rr.com HOSKING SALES-FORMER WELCH LIVESTOCK MARKET Tom & Brenda Hosking • AU 008392 P.O. Box 311, New Berlin, NY 13411 607-847-8800 • 607-699-3637 cell: 607-972-1770 or 1771 www.hoskingsales.com hoskingsales@stny,rr.com LEAMAN AUCTIONS LTD 329 Brenneman Rd., Willow St., PA 17584 717-464-1128 • cell 610-662-8149 auctionzip.com 3721 leamanauctions.com

MIDDLESEX LIVESTOCK AUCTION 488 Cherry Hill Rd., Middlefield, CT 06455 Sale Every Monday Lisa Scirpo 860-883-5828 Sales Barn 860-349-3204 Res. 860-346-8550

PIRRUNG AUCTIONEERS, INC. P.O. Box 607, Wayland, NY 14572 585-728-2520 • Fax 585-728-3378 www.pirrunginc.com James P. Pirrung

NEW HOLLAND SALES STABLE Norman Kolb & David Kolb, Sales Mgrs. Auctions Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. 717-354-4341 Sales Mon., Wed. • Thurs. Special Sales

R.G. MASON AUCTIONS Richard G. Mason We do all types of auctions Complete auction service & equipment Phone/Fax 585-567-8844

ROY TEITSWORTH, INC. AUCTIONEERS Specialist in large auctions for farmers, dealers, contractors and municipalities. Groveland, Geneseo, NY 14454 585-243-1563 www.teitsworth.com TOWN & COUNTRY AUCTION SERVICE Rt. 32 N., Schuylerville, NY 518-695-6663 Owner: Henry J. Moak WILLIAM KENT, INC. Sales Managers & Auctioneers Farm Real Estate Brokers • Stafford, NY 585-343-5449 www.williamkentinc.com WRIGHT’S AUCTION SERVICE 48 Community Dr., Derby, VT 14541 802-334-6115 www.wrightsauctions.com

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miles N. of New Berlin). Monthly Fat Cow & Feeder Sale. 1 pm Dairy. We now sell Lambs, Goats, Pigs & Feeders immediately following Dairy. Calves & Cull Beef approx. 5-5:30 pm. Tom & Brenda Hosking 607-699-3637, 607847-8800, cell 607-972-1770 or 1771 www.hoskingsales.com Saturday, February 11 • 9:30 AM: Penn Yan, NY. Farm Machinery & farm smalls plus a few household goods for Ivan & Verna Zimmerman. L.W. Horst Auctioneer, 315-536-0954 • 10:00 AM: Benton Fire Dept., 932 Rt. 14A, Benton Center, 3 mi. N. of Penn Yan, NY. Collectible Toy Auction. Quality toys accepted. Dann Auctioneers, Delos Dann, 585-396-1676 www.cnyauctions.com/dannauctioneers.htm Monday, February 13 • Hosking Sales, 6096 NYS Rt. 8, New Berlin, NY (30 miles S. of Utica & 6 miles N. of New Berlin). Monthly Heifer Sale. 1 pm Dairy. We now sell Lambs, Goats, Pigs & Feeders immediately following Dairy. Calves & Cull Beef approx. 5-5:30 pm. Tom & Brenda Hosking 607-699-3637, 607-847-8800, cell 607972-1770 or 1771 www.hoskingsales.com Wednesday, February 15 • 10:30 AM: Cherry Creek Market, 6732 Pickup Hill Rd., Cherry Creek, NY. Monthly Heifer Sale. Followed by our regular Wednesday sale at 1:30 pm.


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Wednesday, March 21 • 8:55 AM: Rising, MD. 3 Day Retirement Auction. Business Liquidation. Leaman Auctions, J. Edward Leaman, 610-662-8149, 717-464-1128 www.leamanauctions.com, auctionzip.com 3721 • 9:00 AM: 3186 Freshour Rd., Canandaigua, NY. Coryn Farm Supplies, Inc. Public Auction of Farm Equip. & Tools. Roy Teitsworth, Inc. Auctioneers, 585-243-1563 www.teitsworth.com Friday, March 23 • 10:00 AM: Batavia, NY. Jeff & Kathy Thompson Farm Machinery Auction. Selling a full line of farm machinery including Case IH Maxxum 115, Case IH MX110, Case IH 7220, Case IH CX70 plus hay, tillage, barn equipment and much more. William Kent, Inc., 585343-5449 www.williamkentinc.com Saturday, March 24 • Atglen, PA. The Gala at Glen Valley II. Hosted by Glen Valley Farm. The Cattle Exchange, 607-746-2226, daveramasr@cattlexchange.com www.cattlexchange.com • 9:00 AM: Clymer, NY. Z&M Ag and Turf Farm Equipment Auction. Roy Teitsworth, Inc. Auctioneers, 585-2431563 www.teitsworth.com • 10:00 AM: Finger Lakes Livestock, 3 mi. E. of Canandaigua, NY on Rt. 5 & 20. Saturday Horse Sales. Tack at 9 am, sale at 10 am. Finger Lakes Livestock, 585-394-1515 www.fingerlakeslivestockex.com Wednesday, March 28 • 1:00 PM: Finger Lakes Livestock, 3 mi. E. of Canandaigua, NY on Rt. 5 & 20. Regular Livestock Sale. Easter Lamb & Goat Sale approx. 5 pm. Finger Lakes Livestock, 585-394-1515 www.fingerlakeslivestockex.com Friday, March 30 • 10:00 AM: Warsaw, Wyoming Co. Estate of Ronald Milcarek Auction. Selling vehicles, farm machinery, tools & household including ‘07 Chevy Silverado, NH TB100 tractor, MF 573 tractor and more. Watch our website for a complete list and details. William Kent, Inc., Sales Managers & Auctioneers, 585-343-5449 www.williamkentinc.com Saturdayday, March 31 • Cobleskill, NY. 31st Annual Cobleskill Dairy Fashion Sale. Hosted by SUNY Cobleskill Dairy Cattle Club. The Cattle Exchange, 607-746-2226, daveramasr@cattlexchange.com www.cattlexchange.com • 9:00 AM: Windmill Farm Market, 3900 Rt. 14A, 5 mi. S. of Penn Yan, NY. Equipment Consignment Auction. Dann Auctioneers, Delos Dann, 585-396-1676 www.cnyauctions.com/dannauctioneers.htm • 9:00 AM: Routes 39 & 219, Springville, NY. Lamb & Webster Used

Equipment Auction. Farm Tractors & Machinery, Lawn & Garden Equipment. Roy Teitsworth, Inc. Auctioneers, 585243-1563 www.teitsworth.com Thursday, April 5 • 11:00 AM: 2324 Ridge Rd., Penn Yan, NY. Marvin & Mildred Koek Excellent Farm Equipment Retirement Auction. IH 1420 4WD combine, ‘95 Ford 16’ grain truck, tillage, planting & harvest equip. Dann Auctioneers, Delos Dann, 585396-1676 www.cnyauctions.com/dannauctioneers.htm • 11:00 AM: Lakeview Holsteins, 2456 Rt. 14, Penn Yan, NY. Selling complete dairies, registered and grade cattle. Hilltop Auction Company, Jay Martin 315521-3123, Elmer Zeiset 315-729-8030 Saturday, April 7 • Champlain, NY. Betty & Nelson LeDuc Farm Machinery Auction. Full line of machinery: Case MX120 w/ldr., Case IH 8920, Case 5130, NH TB110 w/ldr., Ford 6610. Northern New York Dairy Sales, Harry Neverett, 518-481-6666, Joey St. Mary 518-569-0503 www.nnyds.com • 11:30 AM: Hosking Sales (former Welch Livestock), 6096 NYS Rt. 8, New Berlin, NY (30 miles S. of Utica & 6 miles N. of New Berlin). Spring Premier All Breed Sale. Selections are underway. Accepting registered high quality cattle. Give us a call. Tom & Brenda Hosking 607-699-3637, 607-847-8800, cell 607-972-1770 or 1771 www.hoskingsales.com Friday, April 13 • 10:30 AM: Catskill Tractor, Inc., 384 Center St., Franklin, NY. Farm Equipment Consignment and Inventory Reduction. Franklin Used Equipment Sales, Inc. Auction Service, 607-8292600 Saturday, April 14 • Burton Livestock, Vernon, NY. Machinery Consignment Sale. Dale Chambers, Manager, Empire Livestock Marketing, 315-829-3105 • Heifer Haven, North Bangor, NY. Machinery Consignment Sale. Northern New York Dairy Sales, Harry Neverett, 518-481-6666, Joey St. Mary 518-5690503 www.nnyds.com • Syracuse, NY. New York Spring Holstein Sale. Held in conjunction with the New York Spring Dairy Carousel. The Cattle Exchange, 607-746-2226, daveramasr@cattlexchange.com www.cattlexchange.com • 8:00 AM: Farm of Don & Betty Duska, 1820 Co. Rt. 7, Ancram, NY. 22nd Annual Auction. Quality Consignments Accepted. Leaman Auctions, J. Edward Leaman, 610-662-8149, 717-464-1128 www.leamanauctions.com, auctionzip.com 3721 • 8:00 AM: Beaver Mountain Farms, 1820 County Rt. 7, Ancram, NY. On the Farm of Don & Betty Duksa, 22nd Annual Auction. Quality Consignments Accepted. Leaman Auctions, J. Edward Leaman, 610-662-8149, 717-464-1128 www.leamanauctions.com, auctionzip.com 3721 Saturday, April 21

• Hosking Sales (former Welch Livestock), 6096 NYS Rt. 8, New Berlin, NY (30 miles S. of Utica & 6 miles N. of New Berlin). Annual Spring Machinery Sale & Plant, Tree & Shrub Auction. Accepting consignments groups or single items. Consignments already coming in call today to get into advertising it will make a difference. Expecting a field full of quality farm equipment. Tom & Brenda Hosking 607-699-3637, 607847-8800, cell 607-972-1770 or 1771 www.hoskingsales.com • Quarryville, PA. Wea-Land Holsteins Complete Dispersal. Landis Weaver & Family, Owners. Co-managed by The Cattle Exchange & Stonehurst Farm. The Cattle Exchange, 607-746-2226, daveramasr@cattlexchange.com www.cattlexchange.com • 9:00 AM: Gerry Rodeo Grounds, RT. 60 Gerry, NY. Chautauqua County Area, Municipal & Contractor Equipment Auction. Roy Teitsworth, Inc. Auctioneers, 585-243-1563 www.teitsworth.com • 10:00 AM: Finger Lakes Livestock, 3 mi. E. of Canandaigua, NY on Rt. 5 & 20. Feeder Sale. Finger Lakes Livestock, 585-394-1515 www.fingerlakeslivestockex.com Saturday, April 28 • 8:00 AM: Teitsworth Auction Yard, Barber Hill Rd., Geneseo, NY. 42nd Annual New York’s Favorite Consignment Auction. Roy Teitsworth, Inc. Auctioneers, 585-243-1563 www.teitsworth.com • 10:30 AM: Benedict Farms, Turin, NY. Complete Machinery Dispersal on the Farm. Dale Chambers, Manager, Empire Livestock Marketing, 315-829-3105 Saturday, May 5 • 10:00 AM: Finger Lakes Livestock, 3 mi. E. of Canandaigua, NY on Rt. 5 & 20. Feeder Sale. Also selling Trowbridge Angus Bulls. Finger Lakes Livestock, 585-394-1515 www.fingerlakeslivestockex.com Friday, May 11 • Arcade, NY. Co-Vista 20th Anniversary Sale. Hosted by Co-Vista Holsteins. The Cattle Exchange, 607-746-2226, daveramasr@cattlexchange.com www.cattlexchange.com Saturday, May 12 • 9:00 AM: 3080 Spangle St., Canandaigua, NY. Estate of Tom Oliver. Excellent farm collectibles, signs, 2 Oliver 66 tractors. Dann Auctioneers, Delos Dann, 585-396-1676 www.cnyauctions.com/dannauctioneers.htm • 10:00 AM: Finger Lakes Livestock, 3 mi. E. of Canandaigua, NY on Rt. 5 & 20. Saturday Horse Sales. Tack at 9 am, sale at 10 am. Finger Lakes Livestock, 585-394-1515 www.fingerlakeslivestockex.com Saturday, May 19 • 10:00 AM: Finger Lakes Livestock, 3 mi. E. of Canandaigua, NY on Rt. 5 & 20. Feeder Sale. Finger Lakes Livestock, 585-394-1515 www.fingerlakeslivestockex.com Friday, June 1 • 6:00 PM: Finger Lakes Livestock, 3 mi. E. of Canandaigua, NY on Rt. 5 & 20. Feeder Sale. Finger Lakes Livestock, 585-394-1515 www.fingerlakeslivestockex.com

Friday, July 13 • 6:00 PM: Finger Lakes Livestock, 3 mi. E. of Canandaigua, NY on Rt. 5 & 20. Feeder Sale. Finger Lakes Livestock, 585-394-1515 www.fingerlakeslivestockex.com Saturday, July 21 • Middleburgh, NY. Reflections of Maple Downs Sale. Hosted by Maple Downs Farm II. The Cattle Exchange, 607-7462226, daveramasr@cattlexchange.com www.cattlexchange.com Saturday, July 28 • 10:00 AM: Finger Lakes Livestock, 3 mi. E. of Canandaigua, NY on Rt. 5 & 20. Saturday Horse Sales. Tack at 9 am, sale at 10 am. Finger Lakes Livestock, 585-394-1515 www.fingerlakeslivestockex.com Friday, August 3 • 6:00 PM: Finger Lakes Livestock, 3 mi. E. of Canandaigua, NY on Rt. 5 & 20. Feeder Sale. Finger Lakes Livestock, 585-394-1515 www.fingerlakeslivestockex.com Saturday, September 8 • 10:00 AM: Finger Lakes Livestock, 3 mi. E. of Canandaigua, NY on Rt. 5 & 20. Feeder Sale. Finger Lakes Livestock, 585-394-1515 www.fingerlakeslivestockex.com Saturday, September 15 • 10:00 AM: Finger Lakes Livestock, 3 mi. E. of Canandaigua, NY on Rt. 5 & 20. Saturday Horse Sales. Tack at 9 am, sale at 10 am. Finger Lakes Livestock, 585-394-1515 www.fingerlakeslivestockex.com Saturday, September 22 • 10:00 AM: Finger Lakes Livestock, 3 mi. E. of Canandaigua, NY on Rt. 5 & 20. Feeder Sale. Finger Lakes Livestock, 585-394-1515 www.fingerlakeslivestockex.com Saturday, October 6 • 10:00 AM: Finger Lakes Livestock, 3 mi. E. of Canandaigua, NY on Rt. 5 & 20. Feeder Sale. Finger Lakes Livestock, 585-394-1515 www.fingerlakeslivestockex.com Saturday, October 20 • 10:00 AM: Finger Lakes Livestock, 3 mi. E. of Canandaigua, NY on Rt. 5 & 20. Feeder Sale. Finger Lakes Livestock, 585-394-1515 www.fingerlakeslivestockex.com Saturday, November 3 • 10:00 AM: Finger Lakes Livestock, 3 mi. E. of Canandaigua, NY on Rt. 5 & 20. Feeder Sale. Finger Lakes Livestock, 585-394-1515 www.fingerlakeslivestockex.com Saturday, November 10 • 10:00 AM: Finger Lakes Livestock, 3 mi. E. of Canandaigua, NY on Rt. 5 & 20. Feeder Sale. Finger Lakes Livestock, 585-394-1515 www.fingerlakeslivestockex.com Saturday, December 1 • 10:00 AM: Finger Lakes Livestock, 3 mi. E. of Canandaigua, NY on Rt. 5 & 20. Feeder Sale. Finger Lakes Livestock, 585-394-1515 www.fingerlakeslivestockex.com Saturday, December 8 • 10:00 AM: Finger Lakes Livestock, 3 mi. E. of Canandaigua, NY on Rt. 5 & 20. Saturday Horse Sales. Tack at 9 am, sale at 10 am. Finger Lakes Livestock, 585-394-1515 www.fingerlakeslivestockex.com


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On the Hoof, Dollars/Cwt ADDISON COUNTY COMMISSION SALES East Middlebury, VT January 23, 2012 Cattle: 104 Calves: 200 Slaughter Cows: Prem. White 65-75% lean not well tested; Breakers 75-80% lean 84-92; Boners 80-85% lean 78-86; Lean 85-90% lean 60-82. Feeder Calves: Hols. Bulls 92-125# 77.50-150; 80-92# 72.50-100. Vealers: 100-120# 55-79; 90-100# 50-77.50; 80-90# 50-72.50; 70-80# 45-65; 6070# 30-48. COSTA & SONS LIVESTOCK & SALES Fairhaven, MA January 25, 2012 Cows: Canners 22-73; Cutters 73.50-81; Util 81.50-88. Bulls: 70.50-96.50 Steers: Ch 122-125.50; Sel 93-120; Hols. 80. Heifers: Ch 125-126.50; Sel 84-112.50; Holstein 8396. Calves: 4-284 ea. Feeders: 53-105 Goats: 129-165 Kids: 128-129 ea. Sows: 43.50-51.50 Boars: 21.50 Chickens: 5-18 Rabbits: 4-22.50 Ducks: 4.50-21 * Sale every Wed. @ 7 pm. FLAME LIVESTOCK Littleton, MA January 24, 2012 Beef Cattle: Canners 4060; Cutters 50-78; Util 6883; Bulls 80-90; Steers 90112; Hfrs. 70-85. Calves: Growers -80160;Hfrs. 70-100; Veal 80100.

Hogs: Roasters 60-80 ea; Market 60 ea; Sows 35-50; Boars 20. Sheep: 75-95; Lambs 1.102. Goats: 80-140 ea; Billies 150-200 ea; Kids 60-140 ea. NORTHAMPTON COOPERATIVE AUCTION, INC Whately, MA January 24, 2012 Calves (/cwt): 0-60# 21-28; 61-75# 30-55; 76-95# 5175; 96-105# 71-75; 106# & up 56-75. Farm Calves: 80-155/cwt Feeders: 64-67/cwt Heifers: 65-121/cwt Steers: 69-118/cwt Bulls: 75-82.50/cwt Canners: 20-67/cwt Cutters: 68-78.50/cwt Utility: 80-86/cwt Sows: 41-57/cwt. Hogs: 65-73/cwt. Shoats: 65-71 ea. Feeder Pigs: 60 ea. Lambs: 140-275/cwt Sheep: 42.50-107.50/cwt Goats: 60-180 ea. Rabbits: 4-12.50 ea. Poultry: 2-39 ea. Hay: 10 lots, 3.10-6.50/bale northamptonlivestockauction.homestead.com HACKETTSTOWN AUCTION Hackettstown, NJ January 24, 2012 Livestock Report: 38 Calves .02-1.15, Avg .65; 38 Cows .55-.96, Avg .73; 5 Easy Cows .40-.51.5, Avg .46; 3 Feeders 300-500# .69-1, Avg .81; 3 Bulls .91.96, Avg .94; 13 Steers .691.19, Avg .94; 1 Lamb (ea) 126; 2 Goats (ea) 104-132, Avg 118; 18 Kids (ea) 50170, Avg 87.22; 20 Hides (ea) 2-25, Avg 5.35. Total 141. Poultry & Egg Report: Heavy Fowl (/#) .40-.90; Pullets (ea) 5.50-7; Roosters (/#) 1.30; Rabbits (/#) 1.702.25; Pigeons (ea) 5.75. Grade A Eggs: White Jum XL 1.25; Brown Jum XL 1.15-1.35; L 1.15-1.20; M 1. Hay, Straw & Grain Report: 17 Mixed 2.104.10; 3 Grass 3.60-4; 1 Mulch 1.25-2.10; 1 Oat 5.50; 3 Firewood 70; 2 Cedar Posts 26-58. Total 29. CAMBRIDGE VALLEY LIVESTOCK MARKET, INC Cambridge, NY No report EMPIRE LIVESTOCK MARKET BURTON LIVESTOCK Vernon, NY

January 19, 2012 Calves: Hfrs. 10-40; Grower Bulls over 92# 70-130; 8092# 40-120. Cull Cows: Gd 64-84; Lean 45-63; Hvy. Beef Bulls 7093. Dairy Replacements: Fresh Cows 750-1300; Springing Cows 800-1400; Springing Hfrs. 800-1550; Bred Hfrs. 700-1200; Fresh Hfrs. 750-1350; Open Hfrs. 400-800; Started Hfrs. 100300; Service Bulls 600-900. Beef: Feeders 50-122; Sel 85-106; Hols Sel 80-94. Goats: Billies 50-150; Nannies 60-100; Kids 20-60.

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CENTRAL BRIDGE LIVESTOCK Central Bridge, NY No report CHATHAM MARKET Chatham, NY January 23, 2012 Calves: Grower over 92# 95-125; 80-92# 65-85; Bob Veal 58-65. Cull Cows: Gd 79-85.50; Lean 73-77; Hvy. Beef Bulls 84-86. Beef: Hfr. 75-85; Steer 7585; Hols. Steer 81. Lamb/Sheep: Market 210230; Slaughter Sheep 6065. Goats: Billies 130-152.50 Hogs: Boar 15. *Buyers always looking for pigs. CHERRY CREEK Cherry Creek, NY January 18, 2011 Calves: Grower Bulls over 92# 95-127.50; 80-92# 7095; Bob Veal 25-55. Cull Cows: Gd 65-85; Lean 59.50-74.50; Hvy Beef Bulls 78.50-89. Dairy Replacements: Handling Hfrs. 650-1425; Springing Hfrs. 1225-1525; Bred Hfrs. 400-1285; Open Hfrs. 400-925; Started Hfrs. 200575; Service Bulls 1225. Beef: Ch 88.50-122.50; Hols. Ch 80-110. Lambs Market 150-185; Slaughter Sheep 80-95. Goats: Nannes 82.50-215. Swine: Hog 54-67.50; Feeder Pig 35. DRYDEN MARKET Dryden, NY January 23, 2012 Calves: Hfrs. 40-120; Grower Bulls over 92# 115-180; 80-92# 75-120; Bob Veal 10.50. Cull Cows (/#): Gd 71-85; Lean 60-72; Hvy Beef Bulls 68-85. Beef (/#): Feeders 86-111; Ch 105-121; Hols. Ch 100116; Sel 92-100. Lamb/Sheep: Market 170210.

Goats (/hd): Billies 120. GOUVERNEUR LIVESTOCK Governeur, NY January 19, 2012 Calves: Hfrs. 60-100; Grower Bulls over 92# 75-157.50; 80-92# 60-105; Bob Veal 2557. Cull Cows: Gd 72-87.50; Lean 60-75; Hvy. Beef Bulls 69-93.50. Beef: Ch 90-101; Hols. Sel 90-102. PAVILION MARKET Pavilion, NY January 9, 2012 Calves: Grower over 92# 117.50-145; 80-92# 92.50120; Bob Veal 20-50. Cull Cows: Gd 78-88.50; Lean 69-77.50; Hvy. Beef Bulls 76.50-85. Beef: Ch 111-122; Hols. Ch 85-100. Lamb/Sheep Market 147.50-177.50. Swine: Hog 58-62. BATH MARKET Bath, NY January 19, 2012 Calves (/#): Grower Bulls over 92# 100-135; 80-92# 70-110; Bob Veal 5-50. Cull Cows (/#): Gd 71-88; Lean 60-70; Hvy Beef Bulls 85-92. Beef (/#): Feeders 75-117; Hols. Sel 85-96. Lamb/Sheep (/#): Feeder 190-210. Swine (/#): Hog 60-70; Sows 40-50. FINGER LAKES LIVESTOCK AUCTION Canandaigua, NY January 25, 2012 Dairy Cows for Slaughter: Bone Util 62-86.50; Canners/Cutters 48-74; HY Util 75-87. Slaughter Calves: Bobs

95-110# 60-70; 80-95# 5567.50; 60-80# 50-65; Vealers (grassers) 250# & up 59-87. Dairy Calves Ret. to Feed: Bull over 95# 75-150; 8095# 70-145; 70-80# 65-90; Hfr calves 75-105. Beef Steers: Ch grain fed 118-131; Sel 80-114; Hols. Ch grain fed 87-108.50; Sel 78.50-84.50. Hogs: Slaughter US 1-3 6570; Sows US 1-3 56-58; Feeders US 1-3 50. Slaughter Sheep: M 46-64 Rams: Ch over 130# 61-78 Billies: M 80-110# 31-65 FINGER LAKES PRODUCE AUCTION Penn Yan, NY No report Produce Mon. @ 10 am, Wed-Fri. @ 9 am sharp! FINGER LAKES HAY AUCTION Penn Yan, NY January 17 & 20, 2012 Hay: 80-160, 1st cut; 100345, 2nd cut; 85, 3rd cut; 235, 4th cut. Straw: 225-300 * Hay Tuesdays & Fridays @ 11:15 am. Produce Friday @ 9 am sharp! HOSKING SALES New Berlin, NY January 23, 2012 Cattle: Dairy Cows for Slaughter Bone Util .60-.82; Canners/Cutters .58-.65; Easy Cows .60 & dn. Calves: Bull Calves 96120# .80-1.45; up to 95# .10-.95; Hols. under 100# 1. Dairy: Bred Hfrs. up tp 1550. BELKNAP LIVESTOCK AUCTION Belknap, PA January 18, 2011 Slaughter Heifers: Sel 1-2

1018-1217# 106-110. Slaughter Cows: Prem. Whites 65-75% lean 8384.50; Breakers 75-80% lean 78.50-81.50; Boners 80-85% lean 74-77.50; Lean 85-90% lean 68.50-72.50, lo dress 64.50-66.50. Slaughter Bulls: YG 1 2036# 86.50; YG 2 10561320# 77.50-79.50. Feeder Cattle: Steers L 3 300-400# 78-88; Hfrs. M&L 1 400# 131; 600-700# 103113; M&L 2 500-700# 92-98; Bulls M&L 1 300-400# 140; M&L 2 400-500# 107-109. Feeder Calves: No. 1 Hols. Bulls 95-120# 115-130; No. 2 90-130# 87.50-102.50; No. 3 90-120# 50-70. Vealers: Util 65-120# 20-40. Slaughter Hogs: Barrows & Gilts 45-50% lean 259-312# 75.50-80; 40-45% lean 334427# 70-74; Sows US 1-3 500-600# 60.50-64; Boars 500# 21-22. Feeder Pigs: 30-40# 25-30; 50-60# 30-46/hd. Slaughter Lambs: Ch 1-2 60-100# 197.50-225; 130160# 160-192. Slaughter Goats (/hd): Kids Sel 1 50# 117.50; Sel 2 65# 90; 70# 123; Nannies Sel 2 85-90# 115-126. BELLEVILLE LIVESTOCK AUCTION Belleville, PA January 18, 2012 Slaughter Cows: Breakers 75-80% lean 70-75.25, lo dress 68.25-69.25; Boners 65-70.25, lo dress 57.5063.75; Lean 60-65, hi dress 67.50, lo dress 52-58.50. Bulls: YG 1 1475# 83; 2406# 73.50, hi dress 15661664# 83.50-85, lo dress 1224# 65.50. Feeder Cattle: Steers M 2 Hereford 904# 85.50. Feeder Calves: Hols. Bulls No. 1 94-124# 110-127; 84-

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MIDDLESEX LIVESTOCK AUCTION Middlefield, CT January 23, 2012 Calves: 45-60# .15-.18; 6175# .20-.25; 76-90# .30.3750; 91-105# .40-.50; 106# & up .5750-.60. Farm Calves: .65-.70 Started Calves: .25-.35 Veal Calves: .95-1.20 Open Heifers: .7250-.81 Beef Heifers: .75-.78 Feeder Steers: .85-1.04 Beef Steers: .78-1.10 Beef Bull: .85-.95 Feeder Pigs (ea): 49-57.50 Lambs (ea): 100-155 Goats (ea): 95-170; Kids 50-120. Canners: up to 73.50 Cutters: 74-77 Utility: 78-81.50 Rabbits: 3-14 Chickens: 5-28 Ducks: 3-16


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92# 105-115; No. 2 94-130# 90-112; 80-92# 100-102; No. 3 78-104# 73-87; Hols. Hfrs. No. 1 90-95# 135/hd; No. 2 80-95# 80-100/hd; Vealers 64-114# 27-74. Slaughter Hogs: Barrows & Gilts 49-54% lean 280# 180/hd; Sows US 1-3 500600# 240-295/hd; Boars Jr. 240-270# 100/hd. Feeder Pigs: US 1-3 2050# 9-29; 60-90# 31-33. Slaughter Sheep: Lambs Ch 2-3 70# 225; 112# 170; Ewes Gd 2-3 154-176# 82.50-105; Util 1-2 175# 70. Slaughter Goats: Kids Sel 1 70# 140; Sel 2 under 20# 14-15; 45-55# 105-127.50; 60-70# 122.50-137.50; Billies Sel 2 110# 152. CARLISLE LIVESTOCK MARKET, INC Carlisle, PA January 24, 2012 Slaughter Cattle: Ch 4-5 1360-1485# full 119.50124.50; Hols. 1470-1505# 97.50-104. Slaughter Cows: Prem. Whites to 89; Breakers 7580% lean 80-84; Boners 7483.50; Lean 72-81; Big Middle/lo dress/lights 63.50-75; Shelly 61 & dn. Bulls: 1410-1550# 80106.50. Feeder Cattle: Steers Herefords 340-700# 94-130; Heifers Hols. 985# 83. Calves Ret. to Farm: Hols. Bulls No. 1 90-120# 120152; No. 2 90-115# 105-125; No. 3 60-100# 70-105; Util 75 & dn; Hols. Hfr. 115# 135. Swine: Hogs 245-300# 6775; Boars 190-370# 30-44. Goats (/hd): L Wethers 182; Thin Mature Nannies/Billies 105-122; Fancy Kids 145165; Fleshy Kids 125-137; Bottle Kids 11. Sheep: all wts. 132. Sale every Tuesday * 5 pm for Rabbits, Poultry & Eggs * 6 pm for Livestock starting with calves. * Special Fed Cattle Sales Jan 31 & Feb 7 & 21. Receiving 7:30 until 10 am. CARLISLE LIVESTOCK MARKET, INC Carlisle, PA Small 24, 2012 Rabbits: 2-26 Chickens: 2-6.50 Quail: 2-6 Rabbit Family: 20 Chicken Peeps: 1.25 Pot Belly Pigs: 12-22 All animals sold by the piece. Sale starts at 5 pm. CARLISLE LIVESTOCK MARKET, INC State Graded Feeder Pig Sale Carlisle, PA

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Eighty-Four January 24, 2012 US 1-2: 22-29# 178-245; 30-39# 166-205; 50-59# 100-104; 60-69# 101-132# 92-95. US 2: 95-115# 89-90. *Next State Graded Feeder Pig Sale Fri., Feb. 17. Receiving from 7:30 until 10 am. Sale time 1 pm. DEWART LIVESTOCK AUCTION MARKET, INC 23, 2012 Slaughter Cattle: Steers Ch 2-3 1336# 121.50; Hols. Steers Ch 1356-1602# 108109; Hfr. 1470# 118.50. Slaughter Cows: Breakers 73-74.50; Boners 66-71, lo dress 62-65.50; Lean 6367.50, lo dress 56-61. Bulls: 1294-1146# 75.50; Bullocks 1114-1526# 94.50102. Feeder Steers: L 1 1502# 90; L 3 606-886# 65-68. Calves: 137. Bull Calves No. 1 94-122# 135-152; 9092# 122-140; 82-88# 120130; No. 2 94-126# 117-137; 90-92# 100-122; 80-88# 107-115; No. 3 94-124# 75112; 80-92# 70-95; Hfrs. No. 1 88-114# 125-160; No. 2 86-112# 87-117; Util 70104# 20-65; 54-68# 10-20. Feeder Pigs: 40-50# 3540/hd. Hay: 13 lds, 165-370/ton. Straw: 2 lds, 215-220/ton. Earcorn: 2 lds, 175-180/ton. Firewood: 4 lds, 55-87/ld. EIGHTY FOUR LIVESTOCK AUCTION New Holland, PA January 23, 2012 Slaughter Cattle: Steers Ch 2-3 1335-1545# 120.50123.50; Sel 1-2 1445-1500# 118-118.50; Hols. Sel 2-3 1335-1495# 92-97; Hols. Hfrs. Sel 1-2 1000-1525# 110-118. Slaughter Cows: Prem. Whites 65-75# lean 86-88; Breakers 75-80% lean 7983.50; Boners 80-85% lean 74.50-78, lo dress 72-74;

Lean 85-90% lean 69-74, lo dress 63-68. Slaughter Bulls: YG 1 1335-1390# 84-87; Bullocks Ch 2-3 1315-1540# 100.50107. Feeder Cattle: Steers M&L 1 400# 152.50; 500# 155; M&L 2 300# 145; 600# 127.50; L 3 900# 81; Heifers M&L 1 300-500# 133-146; 500-700# 131-137; M&L 2 300-400# 110-130; 500700# 128; Bulls M&L 1 400# 152.50; 500-700# 127142.50; M&L 2 300-500# 145; 500-700# 95. Feeder Calves: Hols. Bulls No. 1 90-120# 120-130; No. 2 90-130# 105-120; No. 3 85-120# 50-100; Beef 140160# 124-130; Vealers Util 65-120# 20-42.50. Slaughter Hogs: Sows US 1-3 600# 56; Boars 800# 26. Slaughter Sheep: Lambs Ch 1-3 70-80# 207.50217.50-217.50; 120# 200; Ewes Util 1-2 160-230# 7695. Slaughter Goats: Kids Sel 1 55-65# 107.50-117; 70# 152.50; Sel 2 50# 87.50; Nannies Sel 2 106-175# 75109. GREENCASTLE LIVESTOCK AUCTION Greencastle, PA January 19, 2012 Slaughter Holstein Steers: Ch 2-3 1612-1742# 100105.50. Slaughter Cows: Prem. Whites 65-75% lean 79.5081.50; Breakers 75-80% lean 73.50-77, hi dress 7779; Boners 80-85% lean 6873.25, hi dress 73.25-75, lo dress 63.50-66; Lean 8590% lean 62-67, hi dress 69-72.50, lo dress 55-59. Slaughter Bulls: YG 1 1436-1794# 77-84, hi dress 1068# 88. Feeder Calves: Hols. Bull Calves No. 1 96-124# 130152.50; 80-94# 90-120; No. 2 94-124# 95-130; No. 3 Hols. Bulls 70-114# 70-

112.50; Hols. Hfrs. No. 2 8294# 100-105; Vealers Util 66-130# 20-77.50. INDIANA FARMERS LIVESTOCK AUCTION Homer City, PA January 19, 2012 Slaughter Cattle: Steers Ch 2-3 1364-1426# 124.50128; Ch 2-3 1274-1462# 118-123.50; Sel 1-2 11641308# 104-116; Hols. Steers Ch 2-3 1488-1582# 94-105; Hfrs. Ch 2-3 1268-1512# 120-123; Sel 1-2 10741392# 110-116. Slaughter Cows: Prem. Whites 65-75% lean 85; Breakers 75-80% lean 79.50-83; Boners 80-85% lean 74.50-77.50; Lean 8590% lean 69-72.50, lo dress 65-67. Slaughter Bulls: YG 1 1679-2046# 85.75-92; YG 2 1536-1710# 78-81.50. Feeder Cattle: Hfrs. M&L 1 300-500# 115-135; M&L 2 300-500# 107.50-112.50; Bulls M&L 1 300-500# 125137.50. Feeder Calves: Hols. Bulls No. 1 90-125# 120-140; No. 2 90-125# 100-122.50; No. 3 85-120# 50-95; Vealers Util 70-120# 20-40. Slaughter Hogs: Barrows & Gilts 40-45% lean 264-290# 75-82. Slaughter Sheep: Ewes Util 1-2 166# 52.50. KUTZTOWN HAY & GRAIN AUCTION Kutztown, PA January 21, 2012 Mixed Hay: 5 lds, 145-240 Timothy: 2 lds, 190-199 Grass: 1 ld, 180 Corn: 2 lds, 60-70 LANCASTER WEEKLY CATTLE SUMMARY New Holland, PA January 20, 2011 Slaughter Cattle: Steers Hi Ch & Pr 3-4 1275-1640# 125.50-129.50; Ch 2-3 1280-1535# 122-125.50; Sel 2-3 1285-1370# 119-

121.50; Hols. Hi Ch & Pr 2-4 1405-1625# 110-115; Ch 23 1380-1550# 104-108.50; Hfrs. Ch 2-3 1040-1350# 120-123; Sel 2-3 10501085# 118-120. Slaughter Cows: Prem Whites 65-75% lean 82-85, hi dress 86-87.50; Breakers 75-80% lean 77-82, hi dress 83-89, lo dress 70-76; Boners 80-85% lean 74-79, hi dress 81.50-84.50, lo dress 69.50-72; Lean 85-90% lean 68-73, hi dress 74-80, lo dress 62-67. Slaughter Bulls: Thurs. YG 1 1015-2160# 85-89.50, hi dress 1365-1950# 89.50-99; lo dress 955-1660# 77-83. Holstein Bull Calves: Thurs. No. 1 114-128# 125137; 94-112# 146-150; 9092# 130; No. 2 80-128# 125132; No. 3 100-130# 102110; 72-78# 118-121; Util 100-110# 50; 80-98# 81-83; 60-78# 62; Hfrs. No. 1 90100# 125-150; 75-85# 7090; No. 2 70-115# 50-90. LEBANON VALLEY LIVESTOCK AUCTION Fredericksburg, PA No report LEESPORT LIVESTOCK AUCTION Leesport, PA January 18, 2012 Slaughter Steers: Hi Ch & Pr 2-3 1520# 129.50; Hols. Hi Ch & Pr 2-3 1275-1665# 99.50-110.50. Slaughter Heifers: Ch 2-3 1080# 119.50. Slaughter Cows: Prem. White 65-75% lean 80.5082; Breakers 75-80% lean 76-79.50; Boners 80-85% lean 72-76; Lean 85-90% lean 66-71.50, lo dress 6065.50. Slaughter Bulls: YG 1 1355# 83. Feeder Cattle: Hfrs. M&L 2 290-425# 50-70; Bulls L 1 745# 94; L 3 Hols. 535# 62.50; Vealers 70-110# 4575; 60-65# 20-25. Feeder Calves: Hols. Bulls No. 1 80-115# 120-130; No. 2 80-120# 115-127.50; No. 3 80-120# 100-115; Hols. Hfrs. No. 1 100# 135; No. 2 90# 105. Slaughter Sheep: Lambs Ch 2-3 35-55# 277.50; 102# 220; Ewes Gd 1-2 150-195# 115. Slaughter Hogs: Barrows & Gilts 50-54% lean 247-280# 66.50; 45-50% lean 245# 63.50. MIDDLEBURG LIVESTOCK AUCTION Middleburg, PA January 17, 2012 Slaughter Steers: Hi Ch & Pr 2-3 1275-1565# 127132.50; Ch 2-3 1190-1585#

123-127; 1605-1615 119125; Sel 1-3 1140-1525# 115-122; Hols. Hi Ch & Pr 23 1375-1555# 108-113.50; Ch 2-3 1160-1560# 104107.50; 1635# 103.50; Sel 1-3 1310-1565# 94-98. Slaughter Heifers: Hi Ch & Pr 2-3 1265-1500# 126-129; Ch 2-3 1160-1385# 120125; full/YG 4-5 1495-1515# 118-119.50; Sel 1-3 11051170# 113-117. Slaughter Cows: Breakers 75-80% lean 73.50-77.50, lo dress 70.50-72; Boners 80-85% lean 69-74, hi dress 75-76.50; Lean 85-90% lean 63.50-69.50, lo dress 55-62. Slaughter Bulls: YG 1 1300-1960# 83-87.50, lo dress 945-1760# 69-76.50. Feeder Steers: M&L 1 315405# 130-165; 565# 150; M&L 2 245# 117; 355-380# 110-157; 510-635# 116137; Herefords 210# 115; L 3 Hols. 390-475# 75-92; 640-1055# 75-84. Feeder Heifers: M&L 1 295-485# 122-141; 502580# 117-130; Herefords 472# 112; M&L 2 250-265# 125-130; 305-492# 105130; 680-685# 92-108; Herefords 240# 117. Feeder Bulls: M&L 1 355485# 152-171; 540-722# 127-143; Herefords 435# 115; 505-720# 107-119; M&L 2 300-445# 128-163; 520-635# 110-140; 900# 91; Herefords 535# 102; L 3 Hols. 485# 72; 695-860# 7087. Feeder Calves: Hols. Bulls No. 1 95-130# 120-140; 8090# 125-135; No. 2 95-115# 105-122; 80-90# 100-125; No. 3 70-105# 70-100; No. 1 Hols. Hfrs. 85-105# 140145; No. 2 75-85# 75-125; Vealers Util 60-100# 20-70. Slaughter Hogs: Barrows & Gilts 49-54% lean 235-270# 93-100; 338-360# 81-86; 4550% lean 242-265# 79-91; 350-370# 73; Sows US 1-3 350-445# 52-62; Boars 460# 32. Feeder Pigs: US 1-3 50# 38. Slaughter Sheep: Lambs Ch 2-3 45-60# 232-235; 70100# 172-230; 110-125# 155-170; Ewes Gd 2-3 125170# 97-112; 215# 90; Rams 180# 102. Slaughter Kids: Sel 1 70100# 145-197; Sel 2 under 20# 30; 30-50# 50-87; 6070# 82-117. Slaughter Nannies: Sel 1 120-160# 117-165; Sel 2 90-100# 70-95. MORRISON’S COVE LIVESTOCK AUCTION Martinsburg, PA January 23, 2012 Cattle: 75 Cows: Steers Ch 110-120;


WEEKLY MARKET REPORT

MORRISON’S COVE LIVESTOCK, POULTRY & RABBIT REPORT Martinsburg, PA January 23, 2012 Roosters: 4-5 Hens: 2-3.50 Banties: 1.25-3.50 Pigeons: 2 Guineas: 7.25 Bunnies: 7-9.50 Rabbits: 9-12 Auction held every Monday at 7 pm. NEW HOLLAND SALES STABLES New Holland, PA January 19, 2012 Slaughter Steers: Hi Ch & Pr 3-4 1325-1560# 131-134; Ch 2-3 1220-1575# 127130.50; Sel 2-3 1195-1410# 123-126; Hols. Hi Ch & Pr 24 1310-1675# 102-109; Sel 2-3 1240-1535# 94-100. Slaughter Heifers: Hi Ch & Pr 3-4 1315-1525# 131133.50; Ch 2-3 1160-1250# 127-130. Slaughter Cows: Prem. White 65-75% lean 82-85, hi dress 86-87.50; Breakers 75-80% lean 77-82, hi dress 83-89, lo dress 70-76; Boners 80-85% lean 74-79, hi

dress 81.50-84.50, lo dress 69.50-72; Lean 88-90% lean 68-73, hi dress 74-80, lo dress 62-67. Slaughter Bulls: YG 1 1015-2160# 85-89.50, hi dress 1365-1950# 89.50-99; lo dress 955-1660# 77-83. Graded Bull Calves: No. 1 114-128# 125-137; 94-112# 146-150; 90-92# 130; No. 2 80-128# 125-132; No. 3 100130# 102-110; 72-78# 118121; Util 100-110# 50; 8098# 81-83; 60-78# 62. Holstein Heifer Calves: No. 1 90-110# 125-150; 7585# 70-90; No. 2 70-115# 50-90. NEW HOLLAND PIG AUCTION New Holland, PA No report NEW HOLLAND SHEEP & GOATS AUCTION New Holland, PA January 23, 2012 Slaughter Lambs: Wooled, Shorn Ch & Pr 2-3 60-80# 202-272; 80-110# 188-198, late sales 162-180; 110130# 182-194, late sales 150-168; Wooled & Shorn Ch 2-3 60-80# 200-217, late sales 188; 80-110# 168196, late sales 158-182; 110-130# 174-182, late sales 140-156. Slaughter Ewes: Gd 2-3 M flesh 100-160# 100-120; 160-200# 88-102. Slaughter Goats: Kids Sel 1 74-106; 40-60# 120-138; 60-80# 128-142; 80-100# 130-144; 100-120# 130138; 120-130# 146-150; Sel 2 20-40# 70-84; 40-60# 104124; 60-80# 118-130; 80100# 130-142; Sel 3 20-40# 50-80; 40-60# 88-112; 6080# 104-112; 80-100# 100120; 100-110# 124; Nannies/Does Sel 1 80-130# 108-124; 130-180# 128144; Sel 2 80-130# 102-114; Sel 3 50-80# 70-88; 80-130# 94-112; Bucks/Billies Sel 1 100-150# 148-167; 150250# 167-212; Sel 2 100150# 130-150; 150-250# 172-180; Wethers Sel 1 90110# 160-167; 110-130# 190-200; 130-150# 184212; Sel 2 90-130# 152-182; 150-250# 180; Sel 3 70100# 142.

NEW WILMINGTON LIVESTOCK AUCTION New Wilmington, PA No report NEW WILMINGTON PRODUCE AUCTION, INC. New Wilmington, PA No report PA DEPT OF AGRICULTURE Grain Market Summary Compared to last week corn sold steady to weak, wheat & barley sold steady steady, Oats sold .10 to .15 lower & Soybeans sold .10 to .15 lower. EarCorn sold steady. All prices /bu. except ear corn is /ton. Southeastern PA: Corn No. 2 Range 6.73-7.02, Avg 6.87, Contracts 5.51-5.33; Wheat No. 2 Range 5.916.75, Avg 6.19, Contracts 6-6.75; Barley No. 3 Range 4.70-6.08, Avg 5.57, Contracts 4.80; Oats No. 2 Range 4.25-4.80, Avg 4.51; Soybeans No 2 Range 11.12-11.67, Avg 11.38, Contracts 11.13-11.33; EarCorn Range 193-200, Avg 196.50. Central PA: Corn No. 2 Range 6.70-6.90, Avg 6.79; Barley No. 3 Range 4.756.25, Avg 5.50; Oats No. 2 Range 4-4.50, Avg 4.26; Soybeans No. 2 Range 1011.20, Avg 10.99; EarCorn Range 195-220, Avg 197.50. South Central PA: Corn No. 2 Range 6.75-6.81, Avg 6.74; Wheat No. 2 Range 66.90, Avg 6.23; Barley No. 3 Range 4-5.30, Avg 4.69; Oats No. 2 Range 3.254.50, Avg 3.95; Soybeans No. 2 Range 10.90-11.50, Avg 11.13; EarCorn Range 185. Lehigh Valley Area: Corn No. 2 Range 6.75-7.08, Avg 6.87; Wheat No. 2 Range 6.30-6.90, Avg 6.60; Barley No. 3 Range 5.20; Oats No. 2 Range 4.40; Soybeans No. 2 Range 11.20-11.67, Avg 11.40; Gr. Sorghum Range 5.80. Eastern & Central PA: Corn No. 2 Range 6.707.08, Avg 6.79, Month Ago 6.62, Year Ago 6.53; Wheat No. 2 Range 5.91-6.90, Avg

6.29, Month Ago 6.21, Year Ago 7.86; Barley No. 3 Range 4-6.25, Avg 5.18, Month Ago 4.86 Year Ago 4.38; Oats No. 2 Range 3.25-4.80, Avg 4.23, Month Ago 3.99, Year Ago 3.03; Soybeans No. 2 Range 1011.67, Avg 11.20, Month Ago 10.66, Year Ago 13.46; EarCorn Range 185-220; Avg 198.60, Month Ago 194.16, Year Ago 158.60. Western PA: Corn No. 2 Range 5.92-6.50, Avg 6.22; Wheat No. 2 Range 5.61; Oats No. 2 3.20-4.85, Avg 3.93; Soybeans No. 2 11.37. PA DEPT OF AGRICULTURE Weekly Livestock Summary January 20, 2012 Slaughter Steers: Hi Ch & Pr 2-3 126.50-134; Ch 1-3 122-130; Sel 1-2 115-123; Hols. Hi Ch & Pr 2-3 108118; Ch 2-3 102-108.50; Sel 1-2 90-98. Slaughter Heifers: Hi Ch & Pr 2-3 126-133.50; Ch 1-3 114-125; Sel 1-2 107-117. Slaughter Cows: Breakers 75-80% lean 73.50-79.50; Boners 80-85% lean 6974.50; Lean 85-90% lean 62-71. Slaughter Bulls: hi dress 89.50-99; Avg dress 78-87; lo dress 72-81. Feeder Steers: M&L 1 300500# 147-165; 500-700# 127-163; M&L 2 300-500# 135-150; 500-700# 115135. Feeder Heifers: M&L 1 300-500# 125-158; 500700# 115-135; M&L 2 300500# 105-125; 500-700# 105-120. Feeder Bulls: M&L 1 300500# 135-172; 500-700# 110-149; M&L 2 300-500# 110-137; 500-700# 104135. Vealers: Util 60-120# 30-90. Farm Calves: No. 1 Hols. bulls 95-125# 120-150; No. 2 95-125# 100-130; No. 3 80-120# 70-120; No. 1 Hols. Hfrs. 84-105# 120-190; No. 2 80-105# 70-170. Hogs: Barrows & Glts 4954% lean 220-270# 64-70; 45-50% lean 220-270# 6162.50. Sows: US 1-3 300-500# 5859; 500-700# 57.50-59.50. Graded Feeder Pigs: US 12 15-30# 135-150; 15-30# 160-180 fancy; 30-40# 250 fancy; 40-50# 140; US 2 2030# 100-110; 20-30# 190240 fancy 30-40# 240-270; 40-50# 105. Slaughter Sheep: Lambs Ch & Pr 2-3 40-60# 275300; 60-80# 262-330; 80110# 234-250; 110-150# 185-233; Ch 1-3 40-60#

235-260; 60-80# 222-247; 80-110# 229-244; Ewes Gd 2-3 120-160# 125-140; 160200# 115-130; Util 1-2 120160# 103-118. Slaughter Goats: Kids Sel 1 40-60# 115-135; 60-80# 128-158; 80-100# 158-177; Sel 2 40-60# 85-114; 60-80# 110-125; 80-100# 126-143; Sel 3 40-60# 56-82; 60-80# 86-104; Nannies Sel 1 80130# 128-140; 130-180# 136-151; Sel 2 80-130# 115130; Sel 3 50-80# 73-88; 80130# 87-103; Billies Sel 1 100-150# 190-205; 150250# 230-245; Sel 2 100150# 155-170; 150-250# 170-185. PA DEPT OF AGRICULTURE Hay Market Summary Hay & Straw Market For Eastern PA: All hay prices paid by dealers at the farm and /ton. All hay and straw reported sold /ton. Compred to last week hay & straw sold steady. Alfalfa 175-335; Mixed Hay 170-335; Timothy 150-240; Straw 120-170; Mulch 60-90. Summary of Lancaster Co. Hay Auctions: Prices/ton, 253 lds 55 Straw; Alfalfa 180-360; Mixed Hay 120-400; Timothy 180-350; Grass 140-315; Straw 140-300, mostly 150225. Diffenbach Auct, January 16, 125 lds Hay, 25 lds Straw. Alfalfa 160-320; Mixed Hay 150-400; Timothy 200-285; Grass 140-315; Straw 170-300, mostly 170190. Green Dragon, Ephrata: January 20, 54 lds Hay, 10 Straw. Alfalfa 175-305; Mixed Hay 180-360; Timothy 210-275; Grass Hay 205255; Straw 165-225, mostly 165-190. Weaverland Auct, New Holland: January 19, 29 lds Hay, 7 Straw. Alfalfa 320360; Mixed Hay 120-260; Timothy 160-350; Grass 145-250; Straw 140-185. Wolgemuth Auction: Leola, PA: January 18, 45 lds Hay, 13 Straw. Alfalfa 190205; Mixed Hay 190-390; Timothy 225; Grass 165285; Straw 150-190. Summary of Central PA Hay Auctions: Prices/ton, 204 Loads Hay, 45 Straw. Alfalfa 185-332; Mixed Hay 90-375; Timothy 155-260; Grass 70-285; Straw 115220, mostly 150-195. Belleville Auct, Belleville: Janary 18, 32 lds Hay, 2 lds Straw. Alfalfa 187-235; Mixed 110-287.50; Grass 227.50; Straw 195-212.50. Dewart Auction, Dewart: January 16, 34 lds Hay, 11

Straw. Mixed Hay 130-375; Grass 105-230; Straw 155245. Greencastle Livestock: January 16 & 19, 28 lds Hay, 5 Straw. Mixed Hay 90172.50; Timothy 165205;Grass 135-177.50; Straw 137.50-142.50. Kutztown Auction, Kutztown: January 21, 8 lds Hay, 0 Straw. Mixed Hay 145-240; Timothy 190-260; Grass Hay 180. Middleburg Auct, Middleburg: January 17, 22 lds Hay, 4 Straw. Alfalfa 190250; Mixed Hay 120-185; Timothy 155-220; Grass 70190; Straw 180. Leinbach’s Mkt, Shippensburg: January 7 & 10, 80 lds Hay, 23 Straw. Alfalfa 145320; Mixed Hay 85-295; Timothy 175-250; Grass 135-285; Straw 150-210. New Wilmington Livestock, New Wilmington: January 20, 20 lds Hay, 4 Straw. Alfalfa 165-200; Timothy 180-250; Grass 180250; Straw 180-210. VINTAGE SALES STABLES Paradise, PA January 23, 2012 Slaughter Steers: Hi Ch & Pr 3-4 1270-1525# 127.75133; Ch 2-3 1170-1515# 124.50-129.50; Sel 2-3 1200-1495# 117-122.50; Hols. Hi Ch & Pr 3-4 12801475# 109-113; Ch 2-3 1260-1345# 96.50-104. Slaughter Heifers: Hi Ch & Pr 2-3 1200-1265# 125.50127; Ch 2-3 1020-1420# 120.50-124.75. Slaughter Cows: Breakers 75-80% lean 73.50-75.50, hi dress 80.50-81.50; Boners 80-85% lean 71.50-75, hi dress 78-82; Lean 85-90% lean 62-67, hi dress 67-71, lo dress 54-58. Holstein Bull Calves: No. 1 95-120# 110-132; 85-90# 60-85; No. 2 100-120# 75105; No. 3 80-125# 50-80; Util 65-115# 30-70; Hols. Hfrs. No. 2 75-85# 60-75. * Next Feeder Cattle Sale is Feb. 10. WEAVERLAND AUCTION New Holland, PA No report WOLGEMUTH AUCTION Leola, PA January 25, 2012 Alfalfa: 6 lds, 260-405 Mixed: 45 lds, 206-400 Timothy: 4 lds, 228-265 Grass: 21 lds, 219-300 Straw: 21 lds, 166-190 Fodder: 2 lds, 86-130 Baleage: 2 lds, 61-65 Firewood: 1 ld, 65

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Gd 105-110; Hfrs. Ch 110117; Gd 102-108; Util & Comm. 72-80; Canner/lo Cutter 70 & dn. Bulls: YG 1 78-85 Cattle: Steers 100-110; Bulls 90-100; Hfrs. 85-105. Calves: 68. Gd 85-100; Std 25-80; Hols. Bulls 90-130# 80-140. Hogs: 39. US 1-2 70-75; US 1-3 68-70; Sows US 1-3 5062. Feeder Pigs: US 1-3 2050# 30-40. Sheep: 16. Gd Lambs 150175; SI Ewes 60-80. Goats: 20-120 MORRISON’S COVE HAY REPORT Martinsburg, PA January 23, 2012 Alfalfa: 345-370 Grass: 150-210 Timothy: 195-205 Round Bales: 140-155 Straw: 140 Wood: 55-80 Fodder: (/bale) 35 Hay Auction held every Monday at 12:30 pm.


Home,, Family,, Friendss & You Homemade pizza: nutritious, easy and enjoyable (NAPSA) — After a full day of work or family activities, you can get dinner on the table quickly and still have delicious homemade flavor. Homemade pizza is a fun and affordable dinner. It’s easy to get your whole family involved, from selecting ingredients to arranging the toppings on the pizza. This is a great way to create something that is healthy and delicious-because you control the toppings. Make this simple pizza, which combines the convenience of a premade crust with the mouthwatering flavor of home-sautéed onions, sweet peppers and sausage.

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Tuscan pizza

1/2 pound sweet or spicy Italian sausage 1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil 2 large onions, cut into narrow wedges 1 large green pepper, cut into narrow strips 1 large red pepper, cut into narrow strips 1 1/2 cups bottled pasta sauce 1 prepared pizza crust (about 11-inch) 1 bag shredded mixed cheeses (8 ounces) Oregano (optional) Slice sausage into 1/4-inch coin slices. Place slices in skillet with oil and sauté about 3 minutes, turning once during cooking. Remove from pan. Add onion and pepper strips to the pan and sauté for 10 minutes over medium heat until tender. Spread pasta sauce on pizza crust. Sprinkle with half the cheese. Top with sausage and onion mixture. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and oregano. Bake in preheated 425° F oven for about 20 minutes, until cheese is melted and

crust is golden. Use a prepared, bread-style pizza crust. If not available, use a frozen cheese pizza, omit the sauce and reduce the shredded cheese to l cup, sprinkling only on top of ingredients. You may also use pop-open cans (13.8-ounce size) of pizza crust. Shape dough into 11- x 13-inch rectangle, prebake as directed on can. Top with ingredients as directed above and bake at 400° F for about 20 minutes. Makes 8 wedges, about 4 servings. Another tasty way to get more homemade goodness is with an Easy Onion-Sausage Calzone. You can find the recipe for that and many more wholesome, delicious dishes online at www.onions-usa.org/recipes and on Twitter @Onionista.

Homemade pizza can be fast, fun and easy to make when you involve the family and use fresh ingredients.

Good Housekeeping Super bowl chili This recipe for Texas-style chili contains small chunks of beef, not ground meat. The classic version doesn’t contain beans, but we replaced a portion of the meat with red kidney beans to cut some fat. 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 pounds boneless beef for stew, cut into 1/2-inch chunks 4 cloves garlic, crushed with garlic press 2 red peppers, cut into 1/2-inch dice 2 jalapeno chiles, seeded and minced 1 large onion, chopped 1/3 cup chili powder 2 cans (28-ounce) whole tomatoes in puree 1 can (6-ounce) tomato paste

1/4 cup sugar 2 teaspoons salt 2 teaspoon dried oregano 2 cans (15- to 19-ounce) red kidney beans, rinsed and drained 1. In 8-quart saucepot or Dutch oven, heat 1 teaspoon oil over high heat until hot. Add one-third of beef and cook until browned on all sides and liquid evaporates, 6 to 8 minutes, stirring often. With slotted spoon, transfer beef to bowl. Repeat with remaining beef, using 1 teaspoon oil per batch; set aside. 2. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to drippings in saucepot and heat over medium-high heat until hot. Stir in garlic, red peppers, jalapenos and onion, and cook until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in chili powder; cook 1 minute. 3. Return beef to saucepot. Stir in tomatoes with their puree, tomato paste, sugar, salt, oregano and 2 cups water, breaking up tomatoes with side of spoon. Heat to boiling over high heat. 4. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 1 hour and 30 minutes. Stir in beans and cook 10 to 30 minutes longer or until meat is fork-tender, stirring occasionally. Serves 12. • Each serving: About 275 calories, 7g total fat (2g saturated), 36mg cholesterol, 1,115mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate, 11g dietary fiber, 25g protein. For thousands of triple-tested recipes, visit our website at www.goodhousekeeping.com/recipefinder/. (c) 2012 Hearst Communications, Inc. All rights reserved

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2004 2x4 JD 5520 Deluxe factory cab w/heat/air w/JD ldr, 75-80hp dsl., low hrs., dual outlets, power reverser, 12 speed, super clean inside & out, $27,500. Call 315-2454361. Lve msg, all calls returned. A/C 5020, 25hp, $2,950; Kelly backhoe, 8’, 3ph, $1,900; Kub #4560 backhoe, 9’, $3,200; JD & NH tandem manure sprdrs, $2,000/each; JD 34 manure sprdr, 120 bu., $600; Henke chipper, 6”- hyd. feed, $2,200. Full line of farm equipment available! 802-885-4000

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Lower your feed cost! Save an average of 3 to 4 lbs of grain per cow per day Going from non processing to a processor. $6.00 corn. . . .

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2011 McCormick X-10 40 4WD w/Loader, Nearly New! Only 15 Hrs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$17,500 JD 5440 4WD Forage Harvester w/P.U. Head, 4500 Hrs., New Dura Drum Cutterhead rebuilt in 2011, Priced Right!. .$12,500 NH 8560 4WD, Cab, 3500 Hrs, Powershift, 4 New Tires, Very Nice!! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$37,500 JD 325 Skid Steer w/Cab & AC, Hi flow, 68 Hrs!! . . . . . .$28,900 Claas 46 Round Baler w/Netwrap, Very Nice . . . . . . . . . .$8,750 Krone RR280 5x6 Round Baler, Very Good . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,750 Case IH C80 2WD, 3500 Hrs, Bargain!! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$9,500 ‘07 Krone KW1102 36 Ft. Tedder, Like New!! . . . . . . . . .$12,500 JD 4050 4 Post, Quad, 4500 Hrs, 3Pt, 2 Hyd, Future Collector Tractor, Factory Yellow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$19,500 15 Ft. Brillion Land Commander Very Good . . . . . . . . .$15,000 NH 2120 4WD Tractor w/Loader, 1500 Hrs . . . . . . . . . .$12,500 Case IH 9X, 800 Spring Reset Plows, Very Good!! . . . . . . .$9,500 2009 JD 582 Round Baler, Roto Cut, Cover Edge, Like New!! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$19,750 Ford 6610 Series 2, 1600 Original Hours! . . . . . . . . . . . . .$13,500 2006 Landini PowerFarm 105 4WD Open w/Alo Loader, 99HP, 2 Year Warranty, 0% for 48 Mos!! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$35,000

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JUNE CUT 1st cutting round bales, grass hay, $35.00 each; 2nd cutting grass hay, $4.50/bale. 518-281-5293

ONTARIO DAIRY HAY & STRAW

WANTED

NEW, USED & RECONDITIONED

All Grades Hay & Straw Horse & Dairy Quality Bagged Shavings & Sawdust

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ALSO CERTIFIED ORGANIC Low Potassium for Dry Cows

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HAY & STRAW: Large or small square bales. Wood Shaving Bagged. René Normandin,Québec,Canada 450347-7714 HAY FOR SALE: Dry round, wet round, second cutting small squares. Call Louis 860803-0675

Large 3x3x8 Squares & Small Squares approx. 5560 lbs. Also 4x5 round bales. Really early cut & timothy hay. All hay stored inside on pallets. Also approx. 20 large square bales of mowed rye straw, excellent for horses. Picked up or delivered, large quantity. 518-929-3480, 518329-1321

HAY FOR SALE: First cutting round bales stored outside $25. Bennington, VT. Delivery available 802-688-3700, 802681-3178

MADE IN AMERICA!!! Quality Hay = Healthier Animals! All hay is tested and meets production and nutrient needs... Dry Round, Square & Wrapped, 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th. Delivery available. 845-9857866

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

We are offering an excellent opportunity to join the service team of the most progressive milking equipment dealership in the East and an exciting career in the #1 industry in PA. Become a part of our professional, innovative milking equipment service team. We are looking for an individual who is self motivated, and technically skilled in milking equipment repair. Must have electrical and refrigeration experience. Excellent salary, company vehicle, paid vacations, holidays, and retirement plan. Please email resumes to: fondar@lancasterdairy.com

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CONNECTICUT FARM MANAGER POSITION: Seeking full time person to oversee beef and hay operation. Housing, medical benefits and compensation market competitive. Good schools and social amenities local. Contact creamhillfarms@gmail.com

519-529-1141

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PARTS FOR CONSTRUCTION & AGRICULTURE Case-JD-IHC Crawlers Case-JD-Ford-IHC TLB’s Case-JD-Wheel Loaders Skid Loader Parts SPECIAL: MultiKey Construction Sets $45

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607-642-3293

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Clearview Hatchery PO Box 399 Gratz, PA 17030

(717) 365-3234

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Since 1980 the Cristaldi Family located in the beautiful rolling hills of southern Washington County in Greenwich, NY have provided the Northeast including Martha’s Vineyard with top quality hay. We take pride in our production assuring repeat customers. Due to the quality & customer base we are now limited to first cutting mixed grass hay harvested in late May & June. Deliveries are available. Please call our office from 8-5, M-F @ 518-692-2647 or Home 518-692-2791

Established, well equipped grass-based sheep dairy in Cazenovia, NY producing on-farm artisanal yogurts and award winning cheeses seeks experienced head cheese maker starting April 2012. Commercial acumen and marketing experience a plus. Send resume to resumes@meadowoodfarms.com

Real Estate For Sale

Real Estate For Sale

EXPERIENCED CHEESE MAKER

POSSON REALTY LLC 787 Bates-Wilson Road Norwich, NY 13851

(607)) 334-97277 Celll 607-316-3758 www.possonrealty.net possonrealty@frontiernet.net David C. Posson, Broker

CHRISTMAS TREE FARM and split level house. Unique entrepreneurial opportunity, earn a second income, fourth bedroom off family room and office, large closets and pristine floors, open kitchen atmosphere, 2½ baths. Bloomfield,CT 860-989-2783

Cornish Cross Broilers & Colored Broilers (7 Meat Varieties)

Extremely hearty & perfect for free range Layer Chicks, Turkeys Ducklings, Guineas, Much More

(814) 539-7026

www.myerspoultry.com

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23022 - Otsegoo Countyy Freee stalll Operation. Buildings for 300 head. Double 8 milking parlor, 3,000 gallon bulk tank, large concrete pad for feed storage. Good 2 story 4 bdrm home. All situated on 70 acres of land w/40+/- acres tillable, gravel loem soils w/lots of additional land to rent reasonable. Great location. Mins from Cooperstown or Oneonta. Farm would work well for dairy although buildings are conducive for horses and beef. Farm has 2 trout streams. Excellent deer and turkey hunting. Nice area to live and farm. Priced to sell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Askingg $245,000

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22233 - Madison n Countyy Freee Stalll Operation- 500 acres, 330 tillable well drained high lime very productive soils w/additional 200 acres rented with more land available. 2 Modern Barns w/305 free stalls 2 other barns for 100 head of young stock or dry cows. 36x80 machinery building with heated shop. Large pad for corn silage and haylage. Separate heifer facility for 200 head of heifers available for rent close by. Good remodeled 2 story 3 bdrm home. This is a great area of Central NY to farm in. Everything is close by. Long growing season, good milk markets. Askingg $1.355 million 22800 - Otsegoo Countyy Dairyy Farm. 28 acres total, 10 tillable, balance pasture. Plenty of additional land close by to rent or purchase feed dealers in the area. Single story conventional barn with 55 ties set up to milk. 20x80 young stock barn. 2 upright silos 20x60 & 18x60. Older 2 story 4 bdrm 2 bth home in good condition. New windows, new septic. All located on a quiet road, mins to Cooperstown. Buy for Dairy or would make a nice farm for Askingg $175,000 horses or beef . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .A

23044 - Oneidaa Countyy Daiiryy Farm 140 acres, 80+ acres tillable well drained very productive soils right behind the barn, flat to gently rolling fields. An additional 86 acres tillable close by available to rent. Nice remodeled 2 story dairy barn with 86 stalls. Tunnel ventilation. Nice barn to work in. Attached 74 stall free stall barn w/large bedding pack and pens for calves. Barn has a manure pit for 3 month storage. 2 large machinery buildings. Good 2 story 5 bdrm home and 2 bdrm mobile home for hired help. This is a good turn-key operation. Owners are retiring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Askingg $450,000 22899 - Oneidaa Countyy Land - 87 acres mostly wooded. Easy to get to from I90. Great recreational property. Close to snow mobile and 4 wheeler trail system. Excellent deer & turkey hunting. Nice place for camp, weekend getaway, or year round residence. Priced very reasonably . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Askingg $120,000


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#720 - VERY NICE 250 ACRE DAIRY FARM - 4 miles south of Sangerfield borders Rte 12. 170 acres tillable, 50 pasture, 90 woods - 60 tie stall 2 story cow barn with wide fronts, large milk house, 2 bulk tanks - 72 stall 2 story heifer/dry cow barn with wide fronts, two barns hooked together, concrete barn yard - 3 concrete silos with black top for unloading wagons. Big 20 room house built by a doctor 150 years ago - new wood/oil furnace - great water supply. Some of the best soils in NEW YORK STATE - ASKING $698,000 REDUCED TO $650,000 BIG HOUSE HAS BEEN PAINTED, NEW ROOF, COMPLETELY REMODELED. #66 - VERY NICE - 5 acre building lot on quiet paved country road, not far out of Utica, 440’ of road frontage, open lot with trees on outside borders. PRICED RIGHT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$28,000 #261 - 43.4 A. on Woodcreek Rd. - Town of Verona with 620 ft. road frontage borders Barge Canal in back - 25 A. open & 18 A. wooded. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Asking $198,000 REDUCED TO $125,000 (WANTS QUICK SALE MAKE OFFER) C-14 100A Well-Kept Turn Key Dairy Operation; 80A Tillable, 20A Pasture; 100 Cow Free Stall w/double four parlor; three-bay commodity shed; two-bay heated shop w/bath and shower; machinery bldg.; 20x70 Harvestore silos and 20x60 concrete stave silo w/unloaders; 200+ yr. old beautiful, traditional farmhouse, excellently maintained, 12 rm., full basement, aluminum siding and roof; 12x60 remodeled mobile home on site; three-stall garage; drilled well, two ponds; paved driveway. Also 40A. Additional cropland available free of charge. All land can qualify for organic status. Asking $425,000. A farmland, 80A tillable, 29A pasutre, 21A woods; large, level fields of prime farmland, pond located in pasture; can qualify for organic status. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Priced at $390,000

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