Dillon Tribune (Dillon, Mont.) 1989-current, December 12, 1989, Image 11

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Tuasdgy.Pec. 12,1989-B>M3g>a D r o u g h t o f ' 8 8 : H o w b a d w a s CATTLE & CALVES NUMBER OF HEAD JANUARY 1, 1988 Numbers show ranking of top ten. 0-29,999 □ 30,000-49,999 H Sd,000-99,999 □ 100,000-150,0001 CASH RECEIPTS FROM MARKETINGS OF COMMODITIES, MONTANA * 1988 - LIVESTOCK CROPS $816,200,000 - $569,853,000 58.9% — ~ 41.1% Cattla t Calvaa 80.0% Ottiar Llvaatook 1.7% Shaap ft Wool 2 . 0 % Hoga 2.2% O lhtr Crop* 2.7% Dairy Product* 3.0% 8 u jarbaata 3.1% Hay 3.9% *- ■ oififirt r<ti' : >r. jr. 'j c<;.- 3&|- •• i < irM.i •.*-.(: A > Whaat 23.0% 1 Details may not add because of rounding. Barley 7.9% Just how bad was the drought of1988? What effect did it have on area farmers and ranchers? Those are questions answered in the Montana Agricultural Sta­ tistics juit released by the Mon­ tana Department of Agriculture. In Beaverhead County only 7.85 inches of rain fell for the entire year, compared with' 14.04 ia 1987 and 9.53 as an annual average. The area had 73 frost- free days, compared with 106 the t year before and 99 normally. The actual amount of money, statewide received for livestock, including cattle and calves, actu­ ally rose, from $730 million to $816 million, and the value of crops rose from $543 million to $570 million. ; That increase, according to the department, was a four percent, increase in agricultural income for 1988, which included a two percent increase in crop sales, a nine percent increase in livestock1vested sales and a 10 percent increase in government payments. ■ In 1988 Beaverhead County ranked number one of all coun­ ties in all-hay crop production; number 19 in barley; number 31 in all wheat and number 44 in oats. In livestock numbers and cash receipts, it ranked number one in cattle, number six in sheep, and close to bottom of the 56 counties at number 50 in production of hogs. , The county ranked number seven in cash receipts for all prod­ ucts, number four in livestock and products 'and number 27 in crop production receptions. In' 1987 Beaverhead County farmers harvest 134,810 acres of irrigated crops, versus 12,300 acres of non-irrigated cropland. This compares to 154,890acres of irrigated landharvestin1988and 9,700 of non-irrigated land. In 1987 Beaverhead county farms harvested 123,000 acres of hay, for an average yield of 2.2 tonsperacreandatotalof271,000 tons. Of that, all but 3,300 acres was irrigated crop land. The next year, during the drought, Beaverhead county farms actually harvested more acres, 145,000^ but had a lesser yield of two tons per acre, for a total production of287,000 tons. Of that, alfalfa hay was har­ on 47,000 acres in 1987 and 54,000 acres in 1988. Again, sliding production per acres re­ sulted in a drop in efficiency, firom 3.3 tons per acre in 1987 to 2.9 tons the next year. That drop in production, meant a flat growth pattern in alfalfa hay, from 157,000 tons to 156,500 in l988. Livestock inventories in Beav­ erhead County dropped from 155,300in 1987to 150,000in 1988, the department said. In neigh- boringMadison County, livestock Inventories dropped from 107,5099 to 98,000. , In contrast, however, the numbers of beef cows and heifers that have calved increased, from 75,700in 1987 to 82,100 in 1988. In Madisoncounty, the trend reversed, dropping from 56,800 in 1987 to 55,000 the next year. . In stock sheep andlambs Beav­ erhead county dropped from 19,500 to 18200 in 1988, and iii Madison county, the numbers were similar, 17,500 in 1987 to 15,700 in 1988. itio ino too imp ^ N O W I N S T O C K Crystalyx 20% 200# Tubs d50ftBoxi6^ ; ; : 200# Tubs Cyrstafyx25% 250# Steel Drums 10 % 250# Steel Diums S i l v e r b o w w o m a n w i n s c o n t e s t P f l l s b u r y Pillsburys 14% Calf PeBets !: B E S T •: 14% CaK Weaning Pellets v. Feed .v 38% Medicated Supplement 20% Protein Blocks Quiet Rancher. ■••••••••••••a* 8 % Phosphate 12% Phosphate L a n d O ’ L a k e s Cwwx Land Qlatoa ...........0-16 Mineral Cmm Lmi OUkM ---- —-.0-12 Ifinwal Block Oanax Land Oljfeas ...Pasture Cattle Mkwral Bov f Patricia Rauch of Silverbow has won $500 toward her spring semester tuition at Western Montana College for* her prize- winning Norwest Bank essay. The title ofher paper was “Teachers... Shaping Montana’s Future.” Rauch, a commuter student, is C o m m i s s i o n p l a n s v i s i t a fifth-year senior with a double “I was thrilled when I found major in English and Art educa- out I had won the essay contest,* tion. Her essay was chosen from a Rauch said. “The essay topic was group of 12 essays submitted by important to me because I believe Western students. The contest, teachers are vital to our future.” sponsored by Norwest Bank of Patricia, the wife of Bill Rauch, Dillon, was created to recognize has six children and one grand- Western students and education, child. She returned to college to “do something I enjoyed... college C o - o p Hi Country Mineral Western Brand - Ruminsen Mineral C o - o p S u p p l y has given me the opportunity tO'SLr 700 N. Montana 683-2308 Early next year Dillon resi­ dents will have an opportunity tolell a special commission, ap­ pointed by Governor Stephens, just what they think 6f Montana’s higher education system. The Education Commission for the 90’s and Beyond, ap­ pointed by the governor in Montana, will hold public meet­ ings in-17 Montana cities and towns during January and Feb­ ruary. In addition to Dillon, thecom- mission plans to hold meetings in Helena, Great Falls, Lewis­ town, Wolf Point, Glendive, Miles City, Cut Bank, Havre, Malta, Hamilton, Missoula, Kalispell, Libby, Bozeman, Bill­ ings and Butte. Commission Chairman Jack Mudd of Missoula said the pur­ pose of the meetings is to en­ courage Montanans to become involved in the future of post­ secondary education in the state. While the commission will be looking at issues and concerns M O N T A N A L I V E S T O C K I HtUl 1l)-rT 4 2 0 N , i ni.i H e len a , M l fWMH in the state's higher education {system of today, the far-reach­ ing question they hope to an­ swer,Mudd said,is*Whatshould Montana's system of higher education look like in the year 2010?” The commission plans to present its final report and rec­ ommendations to the governor by October, 1990. Dillon’s representative on the commission is Charlene Loge. do what I want to do for my career and myself.” She plans on pursu­ ing a teaching career after gradu­ ation, with hopes of teaching drama and/or art in the middle school or secondary school sys­ tem. She has been honored as a Western Emerick scholarship recipient and recently appeared in the Butte community theatre production of “Nunsense.” She is also a member of the Broadway 215 organization and the local Toastmasters group. BEAVERHEAD LIVESTOCK AUCTION 7225 Hwy 91 S. DUion, MT Yard Phone: (406) 683-2002 Sale Results: 12/7/89 Utility and commercial cows............................41-47 C u tters................................ . ....................: ........ 39-43 Canners .............................. . ..............................36-39 Bulls...................................................................49-57 Heiferettes ........................................................ 56-62 Feeder s te e rs ..................... . ...............................71-80 Feeder heifers....................................................70-77 Steer calves ....................................................... 83-93 Heifer c a lv e s.....................................................81-88 Special Feeder Sale Dec. 14. 500 o p e n y e a r lin g h e if e r s a n d 400 c a lv e s a lr e a d y c o n s ig n e d . Regular Sale Dec. 21. Christmas is just another day to a cow. Be she Holstein, Hereford or Maine Aiyou, Red Angus, Black ballyor Belgian Blue, From Tabor, Texas or Timbuktul- Sheep, hogs, horses and even chickens, live­ stock of all kinds wake up Christinas morning and expect to be looked after just like it was any other winter day.. And we, the caretakers of God’s herd, stomp out in the cold to tend the stock. Usually before gifts are opened and cinnamon rolls are made. At the feedlot, the cattle are fed and checked. Admittedly a little quicker Christmas morning so we can get back to our family. Farmer? slip out to feed the hogs and chickens. We have a look around before headin' back in. Cowmen load the wagon and scatter blocks of hay. Dairymen (though they probably wouldn't admit it) get the niomin’ milkin' done a little sooner than usual. Kids put their coats on over their pajamas and race outside to feed the horses, rabbits, dogs and cats and hurry back. And we do it with a smile. There’s an antici­ pation that’s not there most mornings. Doin’ the chores Christmas morning gives us a good feelin'. A small accomplishment before we join the family for a satisfying day. Gatherin’ at the horse bam, firin' up the pidkup, kickin' a bale off the wagon. Breathin’ the cold air. Maybe even a moment to reflect on the good things that have come our way. Christmas is a low pressure kinda day. The only phone calls you get are gonna be friends and family wishin’ you a happy holiday (unless you’re the local vet who’s lucky enough to be on call). The bank, brand inspection office, BLM, extension service, school board, sale bairn and Co-op are all closed for business. And you’re not gonna be able to work on the broken pipe, fix the roof or shoe thehorses, even if you felt the need to. Your family will shame you into takin’ the day off. So relax. Do your chores and then kick back. Christmas is a gift.-enjoy i t S e e F N I f o r Q u a l i t y C o v e r a g e a n d M o n e y S a v i n g Q u o t e s . P a c k a g e C r e d i t s o n H o m e a n d A u t o P o l i c i e s - N e w F a r m R a t e s . Safeco - AH State - USF&G - and ofher Quality Companies

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