Recent purchases indicate that North Carolina farmers are continuing to improve both the quality and number of their beef cattle stock, says L.I. Case.
Three Tar Heel breeders recently bought 12 head of purebred Hereford cattle at a dispersal sale held on the Albert Noe Farms, Pulaski, Tenn., Mr. Case said.
W.K. Sturdivant of Wilkesboro bought a bull for $1,500 and a heifer calf for $1,125. P.E. Hanes Jr. of Winston-Salem bought two heifer calves, one for $1,050 and the other for $1,425. Graceland Farms, owned by M.O. Galloway and his son-in-law D.H. Williams, both of Waynesville, bought eight head of females, five of which were winter and spring calves and the other three short yearlings, at an average of $1,227.50.
The 12 head which came to North Carolina, most of which were calves, averaged $1,225.
R.D. Bumpass of Roxboro recently sold the highest priced heifer ever raised by a Person County farmer, says H.K. Sanders.
The two-year-old animal, Skuggek’s Comet Star, brought $950 at the Riegeldale sale in Tryon, Ga. The buyer was O.T. Fowler of Pfafftown, Forsyth County.
Mr. Bumpass has 23 registered and high-grade Guernseys in his dairy herd. During September, 19 of his cows produced an average of 693 pounds of 4.7 percent butterfat, with a gross value of $809.79. The feed cost was $230.42, leaving a labor income of $579.37 from the 19 cows for the month.