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. -4 PDF (2.0 MB)
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. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE PENALTY FOR PRIVATE USE TO AVOID BUREAU OF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS PAYMENT OF POSTAGE, $300 OFFICIAL BUSINESS RETURN AFTER FIVE DAYS TO AGRICULTURAL STATISTICIAN BOX 3&,1 MADISON, W'ISCONSIN Formi BAE-A/8/502-,476 Permnit 1001 L6GISLATIVE REFLRENCE LIBRARY, STATE CAPITOL, MADISON, WIS. NCR 4 (32) - - Auzust 1950 ., ;HA,.
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