1977 - Volume #1, Issue #2, Page #17[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
New-Style Signposts For Livestock Farms
"We've sculpted a lot of life-size or larger farm animals for cafes, department stores, amusement parks, and other businesses," reports Darwin Jones, manager of Creative Display, a Wisconsin based firm which specializes in making large fiberglass replicas of animals and dozens of other subjects.
"These attractive traffic stoppers are helping mainstreet businessmen boost profits. There's growing interest among livestock producers in using them as signposts to help put their farms and ranches on the map," Jones told FARM SHOW.
The accompanying photo shows what one family did to advertise their dairy farm.
For about $700, you can buy a similar life-size (or larger) fiberglass cow, bull or horse, painted to match your breed preference. If animals in stock don't suit your fancy, you can special order whatever size, shape and design you want. "We've sculpted figures up to 100 ft. tall or larger," says Jones.
Individual displays are made of reinforced fiberglass. They have an acrylic finish for appearance and long life, and come equipped with special installation brackets to withstand abnormal wind and weather conditions.
Life-size animals in stock include Guernsey, Holstein, and Jersey; Quarter horses (in black, brown, bronze, white buckskin or palomino); Hereford or black Angus steers; buffalo, Texas Longhorns, Clydesdale horses, and a bucking horse with or without a cowboy.
For poultry farms, Creative Display offers 12 ft. high roosters. For hog producers, there's a "large hog" (11 ft. high and 21 ft. long) or a "small hog" (5 ft. high, 8.5 ft. long).
Some companies have had their "logo" made into a fiberglass sign post. You may want to consider something along the same lines with your cattle brand.
For more details, including a free brochure showing 3 dozen fiberglass displays of animals, people and other subjects, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Creative Display, Box 456, 431 Holtan St., Sparta, Wis. 54656 (ph. 608 269-6771).
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