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The Mountain Messenger, Thursday June 28, 1990 9A operate an animal farm. Our crops are from our sheep and but they are not the only ani- living on this farm. For several did not have a dog. During we became more closely with some of these ani- was the skunk that liked She would come onto the and dance delicately on her making a fussing noise at They would desert their milk which she soon claimed own. She dismissed me with glances when I chatted to she ate. I was always careful the storm door between us, h I am not sure such precau- n.ecessary because I have upon her unthinkingly. I would back away while she would leave the porch, cross the and crawl through the hole left broken picket. first fall she began her visits didn't know her gender. This was settled when she re- the following spring with kittens. Although she pa- kittens close to the house, brought them in the yard. they grew big enough to their own fortunes she again company and hospitality. le last summer we saw her, and her family hunted grubs a newly laid water line. That had three kittens. One of ~Was odd colored being ginger instead of the traditional and white. Probably a conser- officer or naturalist could ex- this peculiarity. visited us for three years. I know if she finally out-grew her milk or if some disease or claimed her. I sorta miss was better than any watch one would venture onto my she was there. Only do we feed our cats milk also keep a pan of dry food in the barn. That is how we opossums are.~{o food food Robert gru~bl{~"that were worthless critters -- half starved -- while letting the sheep gram. He had to to them when we found boarder standing off the he chowed down on their ~, few days later Robert almost him up from the gram bar- he was feeding the sheep. to watch and hunt for him SUppose this constant distur- finally maae mm seek a of Farmin Ella S. Galford quieter habitat. Deer abound in large number throughout our state and they claim our farm as part of their range. We .deplore the damage they cause m the meadows and grain field and nothing is sadder than seeing a sheep dragging it's paralyzed hind quarters caused by deer disease. Yet we watched with pleasure as a doe led her twins along the creek each evening. There she chose and cropped tasty morsels from the bank before heading to the apple orchard At first the twins were timid and sky. Soon they became bolder and sometimes unruly. They would run ahead of their mother and often make circles around her. Sometimes they would test their strength by shoving and pushing each other. Suddenly, because of some sus- pected danger, or was it just a whim, mother would give an alert and all three would bound across the field into the woods. Our farm is near the Black Bear Reserve so I suppose it is natural the bear would include it as part of their territory. It is quite common to find bits of their hair on the barb wire where they cross our fences. They have limited our sheep grazing range as bear kill no longer makes it profitable for us to graze them on our ridge pasture. One audacious bear critter killed a ewe within a few hundred feet of the sheep barn. It was a foggy, rainy, afternoon when the crysng of her twin lambs sent us looking for her. She had been freshly killed and we probably scared him away. He returned about midnight to be met with dogs and hunters. Other than giving the dogs a good chase the hunters had no luck. They did send him to the other side of Elk Moun- tain. Later we heard of farmers in that area losing sheep to a bear. We had no way of knowing whether ~t was the same bear. We only know he didn't kill near our barn again. I have seen the worrying ano mournful crying el~lwes whose lambs have been eaten by a bear, and I have tried to teach lambs or- phaned by bear to eat from a bottle. have little sympathy for a sheep killing bear. however, all bear cannot be condemned because some have turned thief and killer. From the many sightings of bear Jn our area ~t is obvious most bears make their liv- ing honestly. Yet it takes oniy one rogue to eliminate the sheep farm- ers' profit. Bluegrass Market Saturday ,Jtm{, 2:{. 1{.)90 ?,02 head sold t{) 77, l)~Pvcr~L Amounling t(} $78.979.33 STOCKER & FEEDER STEERS HOGS Under 500# 89.00 1 I2.00 SLAUGHTER ,t9.OO 500 --750# 85.00 88.0{} SOWS .12.00 Over 750# {~3.00 BOARS :'~7.(}0 HEIFERS Under 500# 79.00 89.0(} PIGS & SHOATS 501 --750# 74.00 85.00 By Head ,IO.O() Over 750# BULL CALVES 88.00 BABY CALVES 100.00 VEAL CALVES 98.00 104.00 PONIES 2,10.00 HORSES 56.0(} ,19.25 .1 1.50 5~, ). O0 950O SLAUGHTER CATTLE SHEEP & LAMBS STEERS none BLUE 53.50 HEIFERS 61.75 RED COWS 49.50 57.00 OTHERS 50.00 BULLS 57.00 75.00 BABY Under I000# 57.00 75.00 EWES 12.50 Over I000# 60.00 75.00 BUCKS WETHERS COW & CALF PAIRS ,180.00 COWS, BH 52. O0 18.5O 84 0.00 GOATS GOATS,BH 15,00 70.{}0 National Dairy Month Salutes Local June Dairy Month (JDM) has been celebrated since 1937 when it was launched with the theme, "Keep Young -- Drink Milk." Every year this month-long salute to the dairy industry is observed in homes and restaurants, in supermarkets and stores and wherever dairy foods are sold. It has become the accepted lime of the year to extend a special "thanks" to the dairy families of America who produce the milk we drink and consume in dairy-prod- ucts. The most recent figures indi- cate that in 1988, 10.24 million cows produced 145.5 billion pounds of milk. That's 16.9 billion gallons of milk. Even more remarkable, the 10.24 million cows in 1988 outpro- duced the 17.5 million cows in 1960. Since 1957, the American Dairy Association -- the promotional pro- gram of the Umted Dairy Industry Assoc~ahon -- has chosen June Dairy Month to kick off the summer season for dairy products wlh a ya- nety of promohon prog~l~1'~: In Ohio, western Pennsylvania, and parts of West Virg,ma ano KentucKy, Mid East United Dairy lndustW As- sociation (UDIA) extends these ad- vertising aqd promotional efforts to focus on both June Dairy Month and July Ice Cream Month Foodservice promohons remind consumers that they can hven up their out-of-home dtning expenences w~th real dairy products. So as we settle into the slow, hazy days of summer, it seems only right that we join in the June Dairy Month salute and toast the dairy industry -- with a refreshing glass of milk, a generous scoop of ice cream or a serving of our uwn special dairy treat. Mid East UDIA is the dairy farmer-funded and directed promo- tion program serwng Ohto, western Pennsylvania and parts of West Vir- ginia and northern Kentucky: In a co(~rdinated effort w~th 25 nahon- wide member orgamzations and af- filiated Dairy Council Units of the United Dairy Industry Association, Mid East conducts umfied program- ming through advertising, retail qqer- chand~smg, foodservice develop- ment, numt~on educahon food Dub- hclty and communications. How Do Artificial Hormones Affect Finished Product? Should people drink milk or eat milk products produced by dairy ani- ta, sis that have been treated with hormones? Recent advances in genetics, and the potential application of bio- technology to animal production and animal health gives a new perspec- tive to the components of the food chain. Scientists can now isolate animal genes that produce useful protems. There are animal scientists in hundreds of corporate, university and government laboratories investi- gating the application of sciences to and the use of such proteins in the animal industry. A hormone known as bovine so- matotropLn (BST) can increase milk prod uction. "BST is a naturally occurring ani- mal protein that improves the effi- ciency of milk production in dairy cows. While BST is produced natu- rally by cows, it can also be in the laboratory using bio-technology," according to Dr Nancy Rodriguez of West Virginia University. By giving dairy cows a small amount of BST on a regular basis, milk production can be increased by 10 to 25 per cent. Traditionally animal health prod- ucts have played a significant role in helping farmers and producers pro- vide an abundance of quality and inexpenswe food to Americans. The new bio-technology will do just that. With BST, producers can main-" tain current production levels while lowering production costs. Lowered production costs will ultimately benefit the consumer by lowering food costs and keeping food prices stable. Production improvements can also help alleviate food shortages in developing countries and may pro- vide protein for the wortd's growing population. But how safe are dairy products that are the result of such tampering with nature? "BST has no direct influence on milk composition. Published reports on the effect of BST on milk compo- sition indicate that there would be no significant impact on the nutri- tional quality or the dairy product manufacturing characteristics of milk when BST is administered under proper management conditions," Dr Rodriguez said. "As one might suspect, the gov- ernment has a major rote in the regulation of use of such sub- stances and acts o~q behalf of the public with regard to product safety. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates animal drugs in a manner virtually identical to those applied to use of pharmaceuticals for humans," Dr Rodriguez noted "The manufacturer must prove that the product is safe and effec- tive. tf the product is intended for use in a food-producing animal, the manufacturer must prove that no harmful residues remain in the food. Therefore the consumer is pro- tected. "Since BST is a naturally occur- ring protein, any residue that may possibly remain (at the given level of acceptability for consumer safety) would be digested and used by the body like any other dietary protein, imposing no risk to the consumer. There is no scientific reason to avoid dairy products derived from BST- treated animals," according to Dr Rodriguez. A Page For People Who Work Close To The I When you start to count the things you can depend on... 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