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pirit of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE Fm PAGE Wednesday, August 22, 2012 A9 Hagerstown, Md. - 301-733-8120 Aug. 13, 2012 SLAUGHTER COWS BREAKERS Avg Dressing $72- 76 Boners Avg Dressing $70-75 LEAN Avg Dressing $64-69 THIN & LIGHT 64 Down 200- 275 Ibs. $115-125 FED STEERS No High Ch Or Prime Choice 2-3 1375-1475 lbs. $114- 114.75 L Choice 1-3 1275-1325 lbs. $108-113.50 FED HEIFERS Choice 2-3 1175-1350 lbs. $ 110- 113; 1075-1250 lbs. $106-110 CALVES Holstein Bull Returning to Farm #1 95-115 lbs. $110-121; 90-94 lbs. To $107 1+2 80-88 lbs. $67-75 #2 95-115 lbs. $90-110 Slaughter Calves Good 80-j00'lbs. $50-67 STOCK CATTLE Few Of- fered FEEDER HEIFERS Few 200-275 lbs. $115-125 FEEDER BULLS 290-425 lbs. $120-135 GOAT 41-1 Resales BY TItE HEAD Selection 1 65-85 lbs. $97-130 LAMBS 4H Resales H Choice Prime 80-125 lbs. $117- 126 Good Choice 80-125 lbs. $95-115 SHEEP Good Ewe 148.1bs. At $57.50 PIGS & SHOATS By the Pound 165-210 lbs. $65- 67 Aug. 15, 2012 SLAUGHTER COWS 68 Head $2-4 Higher BREAKERS Avg Dressing $75- 78 BREAKERS H Dressing $84-92 BONERS $73-78 BONERS H Dressing To $85 LEAN $66-74 THIN & LIGHT 65-DoWn BULLS 2 Head FEW YG #1 1100-1200 lbs. $97- 105 FED STEERS 20 Head H Choice 1200-1325 lbs. $113- 116 Select To 110 Standard Holsteins 1400 lbs. To $89.50 FED HEIFERS H' Choice 1125-1200 lbs. To $113.75 Select 1200-1360 lbs. $103-110 Dairy Replacements 52 Head Sold By the Head M & L Springing I-Ifrs $975-1300 Fresh Heifers $1075-1300 Fresh Cows $975-1210 Short Bred Heifers $825-900 Large Open Heifers $850-1010 CALVES 125 Head $10 Higher Holstein Bull Returning to Farm #1 95-115 lbs. $115-127; 88-94 lbs. $95-117 #2 95-122 lbs. $90-112; 80-94 lbs. $67-90 Holstein Heifers-#2 70-110 lbs. $110-135 Slaughter Calves Good 80-115 lbs. $50-60 BUTCHER HOGS 31) Head Steady Prices 1 + 3 200-280 lbs. $63-66; 300- 325 lbs. $58-59 Sows 14 Head 375-575 lbs. $39- 43 Thin $35-38 Boars 5 Head 400-650 lbs. $12-18 STOCK CA'ITLE 60 Head FEEDER STEERS M&L Frames Few Offered 375-600 lbs. To $120 FEEDER HEIFERS M&L Frames 350-500 lbs. $115-132; 500-600 lbs. $110-120 FEEDER BULLS M&L Frames 200-300 lbs. $110-147; 400-500 lbs. $120-142 R W Face 550-750 lbs. $104-115 Beef Stock Cows Strong Demand By The Head PB Angus Cow/Cf 16 Pairs $1300-1600 7 Bred Cows $1000-1350 GOATS 39 Head Sold By the Head Med Billies To $130 Med Nannies $60-80 Selection i Kids 85 lbs. $125- 140 Selection 2 Kids 50-65 lbs. $80- 100; 70-90 lbs. $110-120 LAMBS 15 Head Choice 100-130 lbs. $110-125; 60-95 lbs. $125-160 PIGS & SHOATS 143 Head Sold BY THE HEAD 20-30 lbs. $16-33; 30-40 lbs. $29- 41; 50-70 lbs. $50-69 Sold BY THE POUND 100-150 lbs. $68-78; 150-200 lbs. $65-78 Wed, Aug. 22 Special Feeder Cattle Sale Farmers Livestock Exchange Winchester, Va. - 540-667-1023 August 20, 2012 HOGS: 38 200-250 lbs. $75-80; Sows; Boars: $6. LAMBS: 104 - Hi Choice & Prime - $125-130. Choice - $124- 135 SLAUGHTER EWES: 16 - $57-77 KID GOATS: - 20-40 lbs.-$140; 40-60 lbs. - $139-170; 60-80 lbs. - $136-155. SLAUGHTER CATrLE STEERS: - n/a HEIFERS: n/a COWS: 72- Utility & Comm. - $78-87.50; Canner & Cutter: - $67-74; Cutter & Bng.: $71.50- 8650. BULI~: 24 - 1-2 - $92-50-106. STOCK COWS: 28 - Beef of BH- $1175=1380. BABY CALVES: 6- BH: - $55- 70 Over 100 lb. by lb. - $160 FEEDER CATILE: STEERS: 69 - Med & Lge #1 300-400 lbs. - $150-163; 400-500 lbs. - $136-151; 500-600 lbs.; 600-700 lbs. - $127-50=140. Med & Lge #2 - 400-500 lbs. - $134- 135. HEIFERS: 137 - Med & Lge #1 -300-400 lbs.-$135-50-142;400- 500 lbs. - $120-134; 500-600 lbs. - $114-124; 600-700 lbs. - $116- 121; 700-800 lbs. - $115 - 116 Med & Lge #2 - 300-400 lbs. - 122-131 -400-500 lbs: - $115-50- 123; 500-600 lbs. - $112-12750; 600-700 lbs.; 700-800 lbs. BULLS: 185 - Meal & Lge #1 - 200.300 lbs. - $125-150; 300- 400 lbs. - $145-165; 400-500 lbs. - $139-151; 500-600 lbs. - $123- 140.50; 600-700 lbs. -$120-126 Med & Lge #2 - 300-400 lbs. - $131-134; 400-500 lbs. - $124- 134; 500-600 lbs.; 700-800 lbs. GOATS: 160 TOTAL: 839 Regular sale every Monday, 1 pan. State graded feeder sale 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7 pan. Fat cattle sale 1st Monday of each month at 3 pan. Suddenly, school is back in session and my wife, Steph- anie aka the old hippie bus driver; is again driving her school bus route. Mornings come early to a rural school bus family and there are many duties performed be- hind the scenes in the wee hours before dawn. For ex- ample, the Old Hippie has informed me of some legisla- tion recently passed in West Virginia that requires spous- es of female bus drivers to perform a morning foot mas- sage, start the coffee brew- ing, warm up her commuting vehicle, and scrape the frost from the windows of said ve- hicle, if needed. She didn't elaborate as~to where this statute could be found but assured me that penalties were severe for non-compliance. In addition to learning the legal require- ments associated with be- ing a school bus spouse, I've had to become familiar with some of the nomenclature as well. For example, we recent- ly stayed in a motel where 'the plumbing wasn't exactly state of the art. For this vin- tage plumbing to perform its most essential duty, the han- dle on the commode needed to be moved a second time after flushing. "Don't forget to double-clutch the toilet, dearie," came the reminder from my heavy hauler. She'll occasionally men- tion something called an "engine brake." In my work, I'm not required to know how an engine brake works. I have some idea but, basi- cally, they're just that mech- anism that makes big trucks sound really cool when they go downhill. There's a switch for an engine brake on her bus and it does slow the bus down somewhat, but it doesn't make it sound any different. Since most of the students that she hauls are high-schoolers, a cool sound- ing bus can be a real asset. I've assisted Hampshire County bus drivers with mi- nor emergency roadside re- pairs back when the buses were gasoline powered and less reliable and lacked two- way radios. In the strictest sense, though, I shouldn't work on school buses as I lack the Proper authoriz~i- tion. However, until recently, I would be called out "unof- ficially" on occasion by the Old Hippie to make minor adjustments and inspections on her bus. Anything serious or safety related is deferred to county mechanics. The pro- cess of getting a minor bus repair done on short notice can be complicated by the drivers haVing to hang out at the bus garage all day. More- over, this may put the driv- i~ ~ erin the posi- tion of having i!!!i~ to use ;ii:i a spare bus, which ::~: may be i~ii:~ slower and less com- fort- able. The students on board are sure to remind the driver of these shortcomings with some regularity. Though not all driv- ers agree, minor chores such as tightening a wayward mirror or doing continuity tests on en- gine heaters are far less com- plicated when performed by. the driver or a volunteer such as myself. On these occasions, I have al- ways tried to make a big show with my service truck by setting up lighting and making lots of compressed air noises and so- forth. These visits would lend spectacle to her 6 a.m. pre-trip inspections. It gave passers- by the impression that she had brought out the "big guns." Be- ing seen working on school bus- es at six in the morning (folks couldn't tell that I was doing something sub minor) wasn't bad for business either. But was all this fun really worth deploying the Old Black Truck at 5:30 in the morning? Hardly. I wish that I could take credit for the situation that I'm about to describe, but, alas, it happened more or less by acci- dent. I like to think that the phase of my tractor repair business that invOlved doing major re- pairs in the field is past. To- ward the closing years of this phase, I thought it prudent to have two service trucks more or less identical in appear- ance and equally tooled and equipped. The reasoning was that should one of the trucks suffer a major breakdown, the second could be used and pro- duction could be maintained without interruption. The needed repair to the bro- ken down truck could be sched- uled for a more convenient time. Poppycock. This kind of talk may impress stockholders but due to a limitless variety of unpredictable circhmstanc- es, it just doesn't happen that way in real life. The original Old Black Truck (OBT 1) was a fuel-thirsty Ford F-350. This truck would sit out of the sea- son at home or one of a num- ber of satellite locations around Northern Virginia, while lap- ping away at a healthy plate of tax revenue, insurance premi- ums and depreciation. Mean- while, the smaller, more eco- nomical OBT 2 would and still does run around doing the work. With 20 years in the field, OBT 1 was starting to show some wear. In December 2011, the tired old truck went to its re- ward and joned a collection of antique, classic and historical farm vehicles at Middleburg, Va. Of course, de-commission-. ing OBT 1 yielded a plethora of tools, many of which found their way into the large toolbox behind the cab of the Old Hip- pie's 1979 F-150. We built this truck from a couple of free junkers and oth- er parts also acquired gratis. With her thrifty Scottish heri- tage, she likes the fact that we don't have a dime invested in major components. She won't let me paint it. She likes the look of rust with lichen on the fenders - that's her Polish side showing through. Anyway, these tools being kept on her truck gives me the comforting feeling of a sec- ond truck with at least some tractor repair response capa- bility; if she lets me use it. It also provides tools for a group of female bus drivers who fire up their rigs in the pre-dawn hours. Occasionally, during their morning pre-trip inspections, a need for an adjustment or minor repair might be found. Out comes the 12-volt drop- light, the toolbox doors on the Old Hippie's truck open and in the can-do spirit of that World War II icon, Rosie the Riveter, as many as five women con- verge on the problem while the big diesels warm up in the pre- dawn. A mirror bracket is refas- tened on a spare bus using bolts borrowed from elsewhere on the bus. A looso crossing arm bracket is repaired using do- nated hardware. Even complex electrical diagnosis and trou- ble shooting is sometimes per- formed. All of this is done at tremendous savings in county resources and personal incon- venience. (The county mechan- ics had to more clearly define the limits of teamwork when one of the ladies offered to re- place her bus's on-board com- puter). 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