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D~ER16,1976 THE SUNDANCE TIMES PAGi~! Suzett Moline University Extension Agent, Crook Written by Terri Middleton, C.O.E. student It's turning into Christmas season once again. People are busy getting their gifts bought and candy made. Al- ready trees are being decor- atad for the holiday season. There's no doubt about it!-buying the Christmas tree is one of the most exciting things about the holiday season, but your familfs joy can turn into disappointment if the nee- dles start falling off or the tree is too small or too large. Here's a few suggestions to side step these and other problems to ensure this Christmas season will be merry. When you buy a tree, keep in mind the height of your ceiling and the area you plan to display the tree. Choose a space away from heat sources such as radia- tors, heating ducts, fire- places, and televisions. Test the needles for freshness by gently bending them back. Warren T Ferrell University Extension Agent, Crook Feeding Large Hay Packages Farmers who are feeding large hay bales and stacks to livestock are reminded that management is essential to prevent waste. Self-feeding of large for- "age packages is economical Fresh needles will spring back; if they break, the tree is too dry. Does the tree have a healthy, green color and a fragrant odor? Free the tree from dead needles by gently banging the stump on the ground. It's natural for needles to fall off, but if they are still falling after two or three bumps, it's too old a tree. Don't minimize Christmas Tree Safety this year. It's very important for a really Merry Christmas! Here are some suggestion on proper care of a real tree. Before, use, store in a cool place such as a garage. Remove a diagonal slice from the trunk to promote fresh breathing and keep the tree in water. Flameproof your Christmas tree and greens with: 9 oz. Borax 4 oz. Boric acid 1 gal. water 1/2 tsp. Dash, All or other low sudsing detergent Mix thoroughly. Saturate tree or greens. Here's hoping everyone has a safe and happy time enjoying their Christmas trees! O is waste .is controlled, says George Ayres, extension ag- ricultural engineer at Iowa State University. Successful self-feeding involves con- trollirlg access ~ animals to the forage packages. One method of controlling access is to limit the quanity of forage available to the animals. Animals will waste much less forage if they are given only a one-day supply each day rather than enough for several days. In a feeding trial con- ducted at Purdue University with large round bales fed free-choice on pasture, ani- mals wasted about 11 per- cent of the hay when given a one-day supply. Waste in- creased to more than 24 percent when given a two- day supply, and to over 30 percent when a four-day or greater supply was available. Another method of con- trolling access is by placing large hay packages in a feeding rack. Ayres said animals can't tramp the for- age and waste should be lower. Waste was less than five percent at Purdue when bales where placed in a fenceline feeding rack. If large forage packages are stored where they will be fed, Ayres suggests an elec- tric fence to keep animals away until they are fed. Move the fence to expose one or more large packages. Keep waste low by exposing only enough forage that ani- mals can clean up in one day. A feeding rack or portable feeding panels should reduce waste even more. If more than a one-day supply of forage must be fed at a time, use a feeding panel or rack, the engineer ad- vises. When stacks or bales are moved to the cattle, move only enough for one day, or use feeding panels or racks around the stack or bale. Using an average cost of $110 for a round bale rack, an expected life of five years, one rack for every 30 cows, and 1.65 tons of hay per cow per winter {150 days}, Ayres figures the cost of a bale rack is 55 cents per ton of hay fed. .~ mN NNNNN t = n I .................. nc e ommercla or rsonal * Letterheads * Invoices * Envelopes * Statements * Business Forms * Brochures * Wedding Invitations * Handbills * Stationery * Programs * Tickets * Labels "You Name It...We Can Print It!" Using similar assumptions for portable stack-f panels, Ayres figures their cost is 85 cents per" ton of hay fed. If hay is valued at $40 per ton, these cost are re- turned by hay savings, the engineer said. Some people recommend unrolling large bales or spreading stacks in windrows on pasture as the simplest method of feeding. Ayres said waste from feeding a one-day supply in a windrow on a dry pasture would be at least as high as the waste from using a rack or feeding panel. Turning Younger For the first time in more than a half a century, reports USDA's Economic Research Service, the average age of the American farmer has headed downward. In 1910, the age of all U.S. farm operators averaged out to 43.5 years and climbed steadily to 53.1 years by 1970. But by 1975, the figure had dipped nearly 3 years to 50.4.More significantly, farm operators under 35 yearsof age rose from 265,000 to 358,000--a gain of 35%--while the numbei~ of those 60 and over declined by 23%. No man undertakes a trade he has not learned, even the meanest; yet everyone thinks himself sufficiently qualified for the hardest of all trades, that of government. -Socrates THE SUNDANCE TIMES Continuing The Crook county News (An Independent Newspaper) Second Class Postage Paid at Sundance, Entered as Second Class Matter in the Post Office at Sundance, Wyoming 82729 Member National Newspaper Association The Sundance Times is a legal newspaper for all Telephone: Area Code 807-273-3411 Published Every Thursday by SU ANC WES INC. Allen Hermann, Howard Allen, Co-Publishers Note: If changing address, Please include former Address. Also give zip code, box or street address. stmscan ON RATES To P.O. Address in Wyoming and Butte, Lawrence and Carter Counties, $5.50 per year. To P.O. Address Outside Wyoming, $6.50 per year. (Minimum Subscription, 6 months -- $4.00) POSTAL REGULATIONS require that subscriptions be paid in advance. 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