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5. Thursday, April 22, 1999 "WttERE THE KID GOT HIS NAME" The Sundance Times slness s In Beef Board Committee last week of seeking in- the beef industry on it may want in beef checkoff. Committee its Adminls- toactasa changes to the It directed this make a recommenda- time meeting in July. :on the nature of these producers be asked to vote on in a refer- Crook County Feeds, the Oshoto are owners; they are also county's newest business, will be owners of the recently established lncisors always exposed having a grand opening and open business of Burch Loomix, and l vaguely remember a cartoon in -'~~* / house in each of its two ware-they welcome everyone; refresh- which an exasperated Elmer Fudd house sites, ments will be served. Company watched the tops of his carefully On Thursday, April 29, every- representatives will be in atten- planted carrots disappear one after /1 one Is invited to stop in at the dance. another into the ground. Side-view { ~ f, ~i~ !i;~~ Moorcroft warehouse located atCrook County Feeds plans to animation showed Bugs Bunny pull- Blakeman Propane, Moorcroft. specialize in Vigortone Ag Prod- ing the carrots into his burrow from ~k v ~ k~/~;-c-f --, On Friday, April 30, there will ucts, which includes minerals, be an open house at the Hulettcat and dog foods, milk replacer, below. The disappearing carrot sce- nario is possible, but Bugs wouldn't0~mng of ~-]~ed warehouse, located atWilson Law and Woody's Feed Products, in- be the perpetrator around here. The cheek pouch more likely culprit would be a north- rodent goph= ~ar~en~cs. ern "pocket gopher." Pocket gophers are medium-sized, burrowing rodents named for the fur-lined "pockets" or pouches on the outside of their mouths. They have one on each side of the face. Many folks call them "moles", because the mounds created by pocket gophers (especially the earth cores they push into tunnels under snow drifts) resemble the runways made by moles. However, true moles exist in the eastern and mid-western states and along the Pacific coast, We don't have moles here, but one of the U.S.'s 13 species of pocket gophers is native. more than 200 Those external cheek pockets combined with long claws, sharp industry groups, incisors in front of the lips, and a short sparsely haired tail, give these Lyle Gray .... mammals a fairly bizarre appear- _-~,~-'~ ~,_ ance by the standards of above- cow-calf operator, .f/~(Ir~: ground dwellers. Not to worry. groups: "Because of your in the beef checkoff "~?i~:\ ~,~ ~,~ "~ You're not likely to see one anyway. aXld your important role # i~.i[~ ~i~, , They seldom venture more than a agriculture ~/~;' .--~7' . J,'rh ~ body length or so from their bur- llvestock /~'i.~,,~,,ut~ ':~/~.\ rows. Your dog may find them fas- industry, we [ - ,(~ ~)~ ~' y, cinating, but the attracUon would interested that your or- :' /' , ! not be mutual. Pocket gophers are ~' ." .4' ~ would llke the task ~.,-' !, ~ 7' strict vegetarians. Their main food i(: ~ -'"} is plant root which they most com- gave examples of some of monly eat as they burrow through already raised and ~s the soil. Therein lies the rub. Pocket regarding: gophers in your alfalfa stand can of a mandatory as- be a real problem, and, yes, they are quite capable of devastating your to be paid by packers carrot crop, tulips or even ornamental trees. They like dandelion roots too. That would be a plus except thatpocket gopher mounds also make pay the $ I per head wonderful seed beds for the next crop of dandelions and other weeds. on cattle they own forOccasionally Brer Gopher even gnaws on buried electrical cables or ten (I0} ,days before plastic pipes. People also object to the mounds of earth gophers pile at the entrance of their burrows, and it isn't Just beavers that are busy. Pocket gophers are capable of creating about 300 mounds per animal without regard to per year. During periods of high activity a single gopher can make as the packer owned the many as three mounds per day and up to 70 mounds per month. So what should you do ffyou find pocket gophers a pest? A small-mesh of the non-pro- wire fence might offer some protection, especially ff it extends a foot or exemption, which more below ground. Crop rotation helps, especially if you alternated 10-day ownership tap-rooted' with fibrous-rooted plants. Gophers can sometimes be referenced above. Thisfloodedoutoftheirburrows, although Itmaytakealotofwaterand Ume. applies to those If you want to kill them, consider fumigation with carbon monoxide as order buyers from engine exhaust or with aluminum phosphide or gas cartridges. brief ownership of There are also traps, some specialized for gophers and other burrowing trans- rodents. Common spring or pan traps--~izes "0" or "l"--are sometimes effective when placed in the burrows. There are also toxic baits cattle sell- available. Strychnine, which was formerly the most common poison, a certain threshold has now been banned. Zinc phosphide bait is still available and is Idea surfaced as a effective, ffyou can get the gophers to eat it. It's available at the Crook bull calves from County Weed and Pest building. selling in ' connnis- and/or insurance the checkoff assess- have been points from l collection compliance The Wyomlng-Montana Safety says, 'Ifyou only attend one confer- the question as Council's 15th Annual Safety &ence this year, to improve how you Health Conference wlll provide busl- conduct business, I st ngly recom- beefcouncfl in nesses with vital information on mend this one." Conference pre- Where the cattle arehow to prepare for the Year 2000 senters will provide you with the they sell or in the computer prdalem and other types latcst informatlon on how the states of the owner ofemergencles. "11 conference will of Wyoming and Montana have pre- on the be at the Holiday Inn in Sheridan, pared for Y2K. There will also be Wyoming, May 4-6. Experts fromrepresentatives from electric, gas, around the regk,n will provide you phone, water and other public utlli- issues, in- with the answers to y~ur most ira- ties; from retail stores, banks, anda Board and portant questtms on how to pre- variety of services that impact your for represen- pare forY2K.Youwll]ieamwhatareday-to-dayliving. Learn howallseg- states. A state quail- the prudent steps to take, so that ments of society have prepared and first Board member youarenotwastingtimeandmoney where there is most likely to be a head of cattle andp q axlng for thata unnec- problem. Chasaon also stated, ~rl additlonal Board essmy or could be accomplished in gardless of the impact of Y2K, all I million there- an easier and less expensive man- businesses need to be prepared for with less than ner. In addition, you will find out avarietyofemergencies, bothnatu- are grouped into what you can do to prepare for all ral and man made." aSSUre each one a rep- types of emergencies so that you You will also learn how to prepare Currently, there are and your business are pt~Imred for your family and neighborhood for Son the Beef Board. If success in the next century, both Y2Kand other potentlalemer- r aSsessment idea de-Council Director Steve Chasson gencles. Personal survival and wll- one (1) above it would bring some packer We are always open for you to come and look without buyer's stress! that the above list all-inclusive nor en- eBB. "Each one (of may contain ladustry consensus of the role of the task a the first time April or corn- Fro- who is a mem- le 1 1 1-member and Promotion on corn- Force, P.O. Box CO 80155- comments org. Themes Sundance Senior Citizens Menu 1Wi., Aprll 2a Tuna noodle bake, mlxed vega, salad, french bread, and pine- apple upside down cake. Mort., April 26 Hot turkey sandwich, mashed potato, gravy, beans, and cookies. Tues., April 27 Spaghetti with ground meat sauce, broccoli, bread, pears, and cupcake. Wed., April 26 Swiss steak, mashed potato, mixed vega. salad, bread, and fruit with cookies. Thurs., April 29 Hot beef sandwich, mashed potato, corn, salad, and choco- late pudding. 1h-L, ApdlaO Stuffed green peppers, baked potato, buttered beets, bread, and sherbert. Thompson 23 * 2:00- 4:00-p.m. Undance Senior Center. Everyone Welcome! J Office, Main Street, Hulett. The warehouses will be open from 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m., in both locations. There will be drawings at I0:00 a.m., and at 2:00 p.m., and interested per- sons are invited to stop in early to register. Stormy and Becky Burch of eluding a number of mixes and MLS tubs for cattle, sheep, horses and buffalo. As a special promo- tion for 4-H and FFA projects, they will discount $I.00 per 50# bag on the Woody's Feeds. In addition, there is a company spring promotion on the MLS tubs. I I nda ii nce Imes where m IIIII Last weeks wimnor Do Yoado. I IIII III - NOW IN BUSINESS CROOK COUNTY FEEDS Supplying Vigortone Mineral Pet Food - Milk Replacer and Woody's Feed Products MLS Barrels Stock Salt Call for Delivery [ Also Ava,lable at Hulett Warehouse Wayne Wilson Law Ofhce - 467-5730 . Come See The Difference At Powder River Manufactured Homes, Upgraded Insulation in Every Home. 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