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Cooperative Crop and Livestock Reporting Service (Wis.); Federal-State Crop and Livestock Reporting Service (Wis.); Federal-State Crop Reporting Service (Wis.) / Wisconsin crop and livestock reporter
Vol. XXIX ([covers January 1950/December 1950])

Wisconsin crop and livestock reporter. Vol. XXIX, no. 8,   pp. [1]-4 PDF (2.0 MB)


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WISCONSIN CROP AND LIVESTOCK REPORTER
August 1950
Wisconsin Baby Chicks Purchased
Mostly for Layers
Nearly three-fifths of the chicks
purchased or to be purchased this
year on Wisconsin farms will be kept
for layers. This was indicated in a
survey of Wisconsin dairy reporters
this year. Over a fifth of the pur-
chased chicks will be sold for meat
while 12 percent will be eaten on the
farm. Only 8 percent died or were
otherwise lost. Compared with a year
ago there were some differences in
the disposition of the baby chicks.
Last year 63 percent were intended
for layers while only 18 percent were
to be marketed for meat.
In no district was the number of
chicks intended for layers less than
one-half of all the chicks purchased.
In fact the percentages for intended
layers among the districts ranged
from 53 percent in the Central and
Southern Districts to 70 percent in
the Southwestern District. As shown
in the accompanying table the North-
eastern, Western, and Eastern Dis-
tricts were the only other districts
where over three-fifths of the pur-
chased chickens were intended for
layers. In all of the districts the bulk
Disposition of Purchased
Baby Chicks
July 1, 1950'
Northwest
North
Northeast
West -e  - -
Central --- -
East  --
Southwest  -
South --
Southeast --  -
State.
To be
kept
for
layers
Percent
55
54
63
67
53
62
70
53
56
59
Will be
sold
for
meat
Percent
12
13
16
'9
27
21
9
28
25
21
Will he
eaten
on
farm
Percent
28
Z6
6
14
9
14
11I
12
Have
died or
were
other-
wise
lost
Percent
S
7
11
8
6
8
7
10
8
8
'As reported by Wiseonn.in dairy corresposdents.
of the chicks bought are intended for
flock replacements.
Unlike the distribution pattern of
chicks intended for layers the dis-
tribution of chicks that will be sold
for meat shows a definite pattern in
the state. The southern two-thirds of
the state, except for the Western and
Southwestern Districts, has the high-
est share of chicks intended for meat
sales. This section of the state is well
situated in regard to heavily popu-
lated areas and thus has an advan-
tage in being nearer to markets than
some other parts of the state. The
Southwestern D i s t r i c t which was
highest in the percentage of chicks
for future layers was lowest in meat
sales with only 9 percent reported for
all the chicks purchased. The South-
ern and Central Districts were highest
with 28 and 27 percent respectively.
A larger share of the purchased
chicks will eventually be eaten on
farms in the northwestern section of
the state than in any other section
according to the survey. The North-
western District had 28 percent while
the Northern District had 26 percent.
The Western District, a highly com-
mercialized p o u 1 t r y area, reported
only 6 percent of the chicks bought
for farm consumption. The percentage
of chicks purchased that have died
or were otherwise lost has not varied
greatly throughout the state-rang-
ing from 5 percent in the Northwest-
ern District to 11 percent in the
Northeastern District. There does not
appear to be any relationship between
the loosing of chicks and the location
in the state.
First Crop Hay Cut Late this Year
Harvesting of the first cutting of
hay in the state was delayed consid-
erably this year. Wisconsin crop cor-
respondents reported that only a third
of the hay crop on their farms was
harvested by July 1 whereas usually
around half of the first cutting is
harvested by that date.
The lateness of the growing season
this spring together with rains in
June accounted for the delay in hay
harvesting. The cold and late spring
Percent of Hay Harvested by July 1*
District
Northwest-
North
Northeast -
West
Central --  --
Eas t-west
Southwest- -- - - - - - - - -
South -
Southeast
State -- - - - - - - - - -
1950
Percent
19
10
22
43
36
32
33
47
42
33
Normal
P
arcent
33
27
37
61
49
57
59
76
62
54
*As reported by Wisconsin'crop corresponients.
greatly retarded the early bay growth
and when the crop was ready for cut-
ting rains slowed harvesting. Last
year by July 1 about two-thirds of
the first cutting was harvested-the
spring season being a normal one. In
1948 two-fifths of the first-crop hay
was harvested before July.
There is considerable v a r i at i o n
among the areas in the state in re-
gard to the share of hay harvested by
July 1 this year. It ranged from a
tenth in the Northern District to 47
percent in the Southern District. Nor-
mally around one-quarter and three-
quarters of the first cutting is har-
vested by July 1, in those two dis-
tricts respectively. In general the
northern third of the state was later
this year than the other areas. Only
19 percent was harvested in the
Northwestern District and 22 percent
in the Northeastern District. Usually
the area in the northern third of Wis-
consin has a smaller portion of hay
harvested by July 1 than the other
areas. This could be expected since
the spring growing season usually
gets a later start in the north.
As indicated by the accompanying
table the over-all percentage pattern
of hay harvested by July 1 this year
was quite similar to the normal pat-
tern, except that hay harvesting of
the first cutting was retarded in all
areas.
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