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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 13, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta -V fhc The Utlibridge Herald CETHBRIDGE. ALBERTA '1 VOL. 1. NO. 3 THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 1972 20 PAGES First beef carcass test released By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer The first official results of the federal government's beef carcass appraisal service from producer sale to slaughter were turned over to Dr. Cor- don Burton of Claresholm Sat- urday. Agriculture Minister Bud Ol- son presented the results in Calgary, including a set ot tho specially marked ear tags used in the program which was ini- tiated Jan. 10. The service is designed to give producers accurate infor- mation about carcass structure and quality o[ animals they had produced and then sold. The informnlioii allows the breeder to follow more closely the genetic factor of his herd and to make necessary culls to improve the overall quality. The service is straightfor- ward. The steps include: producer buys one appli- cator unit a blue car lag from the livestock division of the Canada department of agricul- ture for each animal he to follow through to slaughter. tag is put into the ear of the animal that will move to market. the cattle move through the packing plant, a federal health of animals branch in- spector removes the tag from ttic ear of the animals and at- taches it to the carcass, department's meat grader then records the car- cass data and sends it, with the Lag, to Ottawa. match the lag number with the producer and send the information to hiiu. Information in the service in- cludes the p I a c e of slaughter, date of slaughter, warm car- cass weight, quality grade, area of rib eye, fat measure- ment between the llth and 12th rib, marbling score and the ear Lag number. The ear tag number allows the producer to match the datn to the specific animal and with the use of records tell which sire and dam raised the spe- cific animal. Mr. Olson said the ani- mals entered in the program since it's conception has far ex- ceeded the division's fondest hopes. There have been animals en- tered from most parts of Can- ada, with the majority from Al- berta. Dr. Gordon Burton checks program with Bud Olson Dr. Burton, past president of the Western Stock Growers As- sociation, had results frorl 40 animals entered the first limo. lie has an additional 30 anl- mats entered. The cost to the pioduccr in 51 per animal. Dr. Burton said lie first read about the program in a farm magazine. Ife suggests thai the minimal cost is good because it confines the program to thosa who really want Hie informa- tion. Dr. Burton said tin.1 federal government has given the. cat' llcnuin two major things now which will help the industry, This carcass appraisal ser- vice and the new beef grading system which, will enable tho producer to market the type of animal the consumer wants will help Hie livestock industry, tie said. "With these, we'll lie able to give Hie chicken and hog men a run for their money." lUr. Olson said there hns been no problems in the prac- tical aspect of applying this new program. Dr. Burton sug- gested the packing plants ha praised for the additional work. "The packer gets nothing out of the program right now but in the end he should gel better be said. Dr. B u r t o n pointed to one definite advantage. "When a breeder starts to correlate tho results with the various breeds, be will know wliat crossbreeds arc the best." Pioneer says it just ain't ivhat it used to By JUDK TURIC ITcraltl Staff Writer IL just ain't what it used to he down on the old farm. And Mrs. Frank Peterson can stand UD and tell you that, because she was a young farm wifo back "when going to town once a month was a luxury." "My husband and I started to farm 10 miles southeast of she said, "and we had two sections of land." The Petersons moved to Can- ada in 1917, leaving their borne in Spokane Cnunly, U.S.A. and coming north to "sec what the country was like." Her first home was a three room house with what she con- sidered conveniences of Lite times, "a good coal stove, and good land to work." Life for the farm wife con- sisted o[ making clothes for Lho children, cooking for the fami- ly, plus the hired help, clean- ing and washing. Hind no modern appliances to help out back site said, "and washing was dono on on old fashioned Rcrub- board. dishes were all done by hand, there was no running water. "I had 10 children to look .said Mrs. Peterson, "and I did all their clothes up myself." Cooking took longer than it docs for Ihu modern farm wife, with a coal slove to be stoked, ami 10 ktds, a husband and hired help to prepare Lhrea meal.'; for, was a real lask." Daily activities slartcd about 5 a.m., and earlier (or tlie men, when she started breakfast. "I packed the kids off to school and started to yet lunch ready about 10 a.m. and tlio younger ones would take it to the men in the field, or if tho work was close, they would come in lo she said. With lunch out of (lie way, nnd a half day Lu go, Mrs. Peterson was faced with clean- ing a 10 room house by hand, more cooking, more sewing, and baking bread for a largo family, .ill which didn't como too easy. Evening wns spent gelling the children to bed, patching and mending the rips which happened through the day, and finishing in time to go Lo sleep myself. "There wasn't much of a social said Mrs. Peterson, "ft was too far lo visit, so wo made our own amusement at home. "We spent our time togeth- er, worked together, played to- gether and were a close and happy family." Although farming was hard work, life was made somewhat more exciting with the coming of the car, and after her hus- band bought one, Mrs. I'ol- erson CMI joyed going to Tabor to shop, and to "treat myself lo the Saturday slie said. "Life went by, and there was always something to she said, "with bulchering our meal, canning and salting it, nnd making our own good fresh cream. "f bought butter from a neighbor lady in 10 pound rolls every week, and pnid ID cents a pound for it." Work on (be farm was dona with horses and grain was taken into the elevators with "a team of horses, through snow drifted roads, ami it was pretty cold in Llie winter time." The (rip from the farm to Purple Springs look five hours. At 80, Mrs. Peterson looks back on those early years and smlingly says, "I didn't know a thing about farming, but wo were happy and content and thought a dollar a bushel was a good price." Mcdne-Anjou females lop sellers Female stock of breeding led the way in Lho new breeds sale which ended the 1972 Canadian Western Slock Show and Sale. Nine half-blood Maine-Anjo females averaged with the high seller contributed by Pine Tree Kanclio of Ncilburg, Srtsk., going for to Triple V. Ranch of Crossfield. Tlirco half-blood Mnin-Anjo.1 bulls av- eraged Charolais females brought tlio next highest average