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! ii PAGE c6 Farm 00oooo00oa00 piriI of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE Our fat watchbirds Have you ever looked into a blue jay's nest? Me neither. Maybe it's for the best that we haven't. Lithuanians, especial- ly those of us with some West Virginia heritage thrown in, are known to do some pretty silly things, especially in a rural set- ting. Our two most prominent traits, curiosity and hard-head- edness, often combine ::iii to crowd out what wisp of common sense that we may have. Determined to be the first to peer into a blue jay's nest, Cousin Pe- ter climbed a large ce- dar tree where such a nest was thought to be. Whether the nest was actually there was nev- er clearly established, howev- er, we regarded the tree with heightened suspicion when the blue jays attacked. Peter re- ceived some minor facial lac- erations but his efforts to fight the birds off caused him to fall from the tree. His resulting in- juries required hospitalization. "Don't bother the blue jays -- blue jays put Peter in the hospital," was an often heard parental admonition. Blue jays (Cyanocitta cris- tata) are related to crows and magpies (why am I not sur- prised,..) and are often seen in suburbs, parks, and woodlands. Their range of habitation is from the Atlantic to the Rock- ies and from southern Florida to the Great Lakes though they have turned up in the Northwest and deep into Canada. For our readers west of the Rockies, the birds are mostly blue and crested with black bar- fing and white patches. There's also a black necklace on lighter under parts. They are about 11 inches in length. They are loud, bold and are quick to complain about slow restaurant service. Our blue jays are about the size of pheasants, largely through stealing food that we put out for our cats. Recently, we went away for a day and the outdoor supply was momentari- ly exhausted. Our equally ro- tund felines were certain to re- mind us to fill their dishes by mewing and wending their way around our ankles as we brought things in from the car. The blue jays, however, aren't given to such subtlety. Squawk- ing loudly from the branches while others strut- ted back and forth on the porch rail- ing, they demand- ed to be served -- now. Often, a blue jay will be din- ing at the cat food dish while a cat looks on. The cat usually looks up at us as if to say, "Well, aren't you going to do somethingT' I walked out the back door one spring day to find a blue jay and a squirrel facing each other in the branches of a leafless ash tree. They squawked and scold- ed in their respective languag- es while a cat looked on from the ground -- politics. Once in a while, things will come to be at loggerheads and we'll find a mangled mass of blue feath- ers -- probably the work of the larger of our cats. This serves only to thin the flock and the remaining birds become even larger and more aggressive -- I expect them to start arriving on Harleys any day now. Though bold and aggressive, these birds seem to know which side the bread (or, in this case, cat food) is buttered on and have refrained from any Hitch- cock-esque behavior toward us. I'm not so sure that they would treat those with dishonest intent with the same kindness. Intrud- ers, heed this warning, "Blue jays put Peter in the hospital, you know." Oldest American motorcycle? The 1902 Indian motorcycle featured in two issues of the Hampshire Review as the old- est American motorcycle may actually be the second oldest. Tlat it is the oldest production built gasoline powered Ameri- can motorcycle may very well be true but I think that I've found a bike that is actually old- er -- picky-picky. A few years ago, I was work- ing in the Smithsonian storage facility at Suitland, Md., where displays go when they're done being shown at the museum. Other pieces, slated for dispos- al, can show up anywhere -- including Hampshire County. Forget those Ben Stiller movies. I was assembling a large steam engine (circa 1850) that had just been moved from the museum. I was working as a sub-contrac- tor for Fine Arts Specialists, an interuational art handling and moving company based in Ca- pon Bridge. After I had finished the job, one of the Smithsonian em- ployees who shared my interest in old things mechanical gave me a whirlwind tour of a neigh- boring storage building. Oh, the mechanical wonders that I saw there. The tour was rushed be- cause it was nearing that time when one does not want to be on the Beltway 10 minutes can make all the difference in the world. Due to my haste, some of the facts may be a little hazy photos are not permitted. In a corner near a Rumley Oil- Pull tractor and Don Garlit's dragster, was what the Smith- sonian regards as the world's oldest motorcycle. The bike is steam powered and dates as I recall -- from around the late 1700s. This particular build- ing houses overflow from the Smithsonian's American His- tory Museum so this motorcy- cle is presumed to be American made. As for the possibility of ac- quiring the machine, I believe I was told that steam enthusi- ast Jay Leno made an offer that was refused so instead used this bike as a pattern to btrild a rep- lica. Elks Run watershed to be discussed CHARLES TOWN - A meet- ing to discuss ways to protect the Elks Run watershed and its significance to the community will be held at 6 pan. on May 29 at Wildwood Middle School. The discussion will include presentations on efforts to im- prove the health of the water- shed along with a group discus- sion on future efforts to improve and maintain the waterway. All are encopraged to attend. For more information, contact West Virginia Conservation Area Conservation Specialist Suzy Lucas at 304-263-4376 or by email at rlucas@wvca.us. rket Report May 7, 2012 SLAUGHTER COWS Light Run BREAKERS L Dressing $75- 80 Breakers H Dressing to $90 BONERS $7,3-77 Boners H Dressing to $82.50 LEAN $69-75 THIN & LIGHT $68 Down FED STEERS Good Supply Of Better Cattle H Ch - Prime 1350-1550 lbs. $116-120; 1560-1700 lbs. $115- 118 LCh 1275-1400 lbs. $110-115 Select 1350-1500 lbs. $105- 108 FED HEIFERS Few Choice 2 - 3 i175-1300 lbs. $112-114 CALVES Holstein Bull Returning to Farm $20 Higher #1 90-115 lbs. $220-242; 80-88 lbs. $200-222 #2 90-122 lbs. $200-215 Brown Swiss 90-120 lbs. $125- 130 Holstein Jersey X 80-100 lbs.. $112-130 Slaughter Calves 70-100 lbs. $77-87; 60-70 lbs. $70-77 BUTCHER HOGS NONE Sows NONE Boars 500-700 lbs. $22-24 STOCK CATTLE Few Of. fered FEEDER STEERS Plain Holsteins 700 lbs. at $94 FEEDER BULLS PB Angus 634 lbs. at $126 May 9, 2012 SLAUGHTER COWS head Active $1-3 Higher BREAKERS $77-85 72 Hagerstowri, Md. 301-733-8120 BREAKERS H Dressing $86- 92 BONERS $75-83 BONERS 1 @102 H Dressing to $88 LEAN $70-78 LEAN H Dressing to $69 THIN & LIGHT $68 - Down BULLS Few Offered YG #1 2024 lbs. at $104 High Dressing 1574 lbs. at $116 FED STEERS 35 head total $2 Higher High Choice (fit[l) 1250-1650 lbs. $115-118 Select 1200-1400 lbs. $104- 109 Low Ch Holsteins 1400-1700 lbs. $95-100 FED HEIFERS H Choice Prime 1125-1250 lbs. $117-118.50 L Choice 1025-1200 lbs. $109- 114 Select 1025-1200 lbs. $105- 110 Select L Ch Holsteins 1200- 1550 lbs. $91-96 CALVES 83 head $5 Lower Holstein Bull Returning to. Farm #1 85-115 lbs. $220-235 #2 78-120 lbs. $195-215 #3 78-120 lbs. $150-190 BeefX Bulls 98-140 lbs. $110- 187 Beef X Heifers 84-110 lbs. $140-175 Slaughter Calves Good 85-110 lbs. $80-87 BUTCHER HOGS 43 head 1+ 3 230-300 lbs. $58-60; 300- 350 lbs. $56-59 7 head 450-485 lbs. $53-55 Sows NONE Boars 5 head 475-600 lbs. $24-26.50 STOCK CATTLE 140 head $2-6 Higher Better Selection FEEDER STEERS Few Ofg fered M&L Frames 400-500 lbs. $150-172; 500= 600 lbs. $135-159; 600-700 lbs. to $147.50; 700-900 lbs. $125 131; 900-1100 lbs. $99-113 FEEDER HEIFERS M&L Frames 200-400 lbs. $140-172; 400- 600 lbs. $120-135; 600-750 lbs; $120-135; 800-900 lbs. $95- 120 FEEDER BULLS M&L Frames 240-390 lbs. $155-192; 400- 650 lbs. $134-149; 700-800 lbs. $116-140; 800-900 lbs. $90- 111 B W Face 1100 lbs: at $98 Beef Stock Cows Angus Cow & Cf $1425 Bred Angus Cows $935-1360 LAMBS 15 headNo Choice Medium-Good 25-58 lbs. $175- 230 SHEEP Bucks 160-190 lbs. $85-112 GOATS 34 head Sold By the Head Selection #1 90-105 lbs. to 170; 50 lbs. to $115 #2 60-75 lbs. 100-120; 40-60 tbs. 60- 80 PIGS & SHOATS 77 head Strong Demand Sold by the head 20-30 lbs. $25-42; 35-50 lbs. $40-54; 60-70 lbs. $56-65 Close Spring Sows $250-290 Sold by the pound 180-210 lbs. $63-70 Stock Boars 340 lbs. at $65 Wednesday, May 16 Special-Dairy Cattle Sale at 7:30 p.m. Farmers Livestock Exchange Winchester, Va. 540-667-1023 MAY 14, 2012 HOGS: 1 SOWS: 3 LAMBS: 49 - Hi Choice & Prime - $177-180; Choice - $170. SLAUGHTER EWES: 5 - $73-75. KID GOATS: 40-60 lbs. - $141- 235; 60-80 lbs. - $135-230. SLAUGHTER CATTLE COWS: 89- Utility & Comm. - $85.50-104; Canner & Cutter - $58-85.50; Cutter &Bng. - $73- 96.50. BULLS: 21 - 1-2- 1 @ $88; $103- 117.75. STOCK COWS: 31 - Beef BH : $1,160--1,610. BABY CALVES: 9 - BH - $85- 250; over 100 lbs. by lb. - $235- 285. FEEDER CATTLE: STEERS: 120 - Med & Lge #1 lbs. - $195-211; 400- 500 lbs. - $189-190; 500-600 lbs. - $159-168; 600-700 lbs. - $147- 153.50; 700-800 lbs. - $137- 137.50; 800-900 tbs. - $120-130. Med& Lge #2 - 300-400 lbs. - $172-197; 400-500 lbs. - $170- 188; 500-600 lbs. - $131-162_50; 600-700 lbs. - $141-150; 700-800 lbs. - $134; 900-1,100 lbs. - $102- -300-400 lbs. - $165-183; 400- 500 lbs. $159-174; 500-600 lbs. - $139-159.50; 600-700 lbs. - $136-147; 700-800 lbs. - $129- 130.50; 800-900 lbs. - $117. Med & Lge #2 - 400-500 lbs. - $110- 142.50; 500-600 lbs. - $124-146; 600-700 lbs. - $126-137; 700-800 lbs.- $120. BULLS: 125 - Med & Lge #1 -200-300 lbs. - $196-225; 300- 400 lbs - $196-199; 400-500 lbs. - $168-182; 500-600 lbs. $137.50-163; 600-700 lbs. - $139-141; 700-800 lbs. - $113-' 129; 800-900 lbs. - $113; 900- 1,100 - $113. Med & Lge #2 - 200-300 lbs. - $179-199; 300-400 lbs. - $184; 400-500 lbs. - $153- 174; 500-600 lbs. - $127.50-158; 800-900 lbs. - $98; 900-1,100,1bs. - $97.50. GOATS: 24 TOTAL: 661 Regular sale every Monday, 1: pan. State graded feeder sale 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7, t05 .... ' , .... "pro; Fat cattle S 1st o Charles Town Farmers Market eat. fresh, local Charles Town Farmers Market Every Saturday 8 AM - 12 Noon 100 South Samuel St. Visit our Facebook paqe for real time updates on what's at marketl http://www.facebook.com/paqes/Charles-Town-Farmers-Market-WV/198296286944643?