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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 27, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 6 THE IFIHBRIDGE HERAID Thursday, April 27. 1972- Farm equipment market Williamson country By niC SWIIIART Herald Staff Writer When George Williamson oi the G rami m dis t ric I trans- planted his family to Hed Deer, he took him his inventive curiosity and love o[ farming. The result to date is a manu- facturing licence with a Cal- gary firm to build nnd mer- chandise a complete hay hand- ling system designed and per- fected by Mr. Williamson, owner of Williamson Manufac- factaring Lid. Apmtec Equip- ment. Manufacturing Look over construction of the automatic bale slooker last month, mul has orders for more than 700 units from Canada and Hie United States. Adrian Crcurer, vice presi- dent in charge of the agricul- tural division of Agratec, said Mr. Williamson's equipment represents a complete h a y handling system winch can't be touched in price by competi- tors. He said the company antici- pates building lo units this year with up lo a.sflti next year, lie said Ihe target for 1974 is more than machines. The automatic bale stooker is a machine which books be- hind a hay bailing machine and takes the hay bales direct- ly from the baler and places them in a pyramid stack of six. It unloads the pyramid stack on the go, and im- mediately starts (he process uver again. Mr. Crnurer lia; heeri invited l-y (he department of industry, irado and commerce; of She federal government lo attend a trade mission to Germany. Italy and France to try to .sell the product, Mr. Williamson, with bis .sons Jack and Dong, have op- erated the factory five miles northeast of Red Deer since 1966. lie made 200 of the auto- matic bale stookers before the. arrangement was made wilh Agra tec. lu addition, lo the slooker, Agraiec makes special pyra- mid slack holder which [its on (he back of the tractor, all de- signed by Mr. Williamson. With all the equipment, the operator can bale, stock and stack the hay without any manual work. But the trail from a (arm In Granum to the large world ot manufacturing can be long and trying. Mr. Williamson left Granum in 1947 to start work for a manufacturer in Red Deer, lie rented (arm laud (or three years and then purchased a (arm to operate a dairy herd from 1952 to 195G. For two more years he worked for another manufac- turer and in 1958 worked for the Red Deer television sta- tion. In 19GO he started to custom swath and bale In the Red Deer area. This is what gave impetus lo the inventions in the hay handling business. With a shortage and in- creased cost of labor, he started to build bale slookers. Since 19GG, he has built manual stookers. The first prototype of t h o (ully automatic unit was built in the of 1970. That winter, he built four machines. After building 200 units or Agratec, he signed the contract allowing the company Lo take over the manufacturing. With the hay industry looked after, Mr. Williamson is now looking for more areas to help with his inventive curiosity. George Williamson adjusts automatic bale stooker while Doug manns fork Brahman crossbreeds fly .T. K. I.AWSON J.ellibridg'e rtesearcli Station Crossbreeds involving Brah- man cattle have proved (heir worth as efficient beef produc- ers in southern Alberta. An evaluation of Brahman crosses begun in 1950 at the Can- Lakeside Feeders i.s largest fcedlot Lakeside feeders is Canada's biggest feetllot at bead cviparily and plans are for it to be increased to head v.ithin the ycr.r. According lo Jim 1 r y, good management the key to success that many seem lo overlook in the fenilut business. Lakeside has an ultra modern electronically cunlrolleri feed mill, of which there are only n few like it on this continent Us capacity is 30 tons per hmir, or enough for 40.000 head. Balanced feed rations ore de- veloped for endi pen as re- quired. Them arc four starter rations. Feeding is on Lwicc-a- day basis. Feed rations used arc loast- eosl and grealesl gain and arc: determined through the use of consultants and com pule rs. It has a potato silage pit v.hU'h holds G.500 Ions and has a use fill period mid-summer through lo frr-eze up. It was still funL'tioning and providing part of tho ration on Jan. 4. Culled po'.atoes are cheap and the potnlo silage composes np to 35 prr cent, of some; rations. Southern Algerians ashed, lo report all banded, gulls Residents of southern Alber- ta are being asked lo watch for and report gulls which have been bonded with two colored plastic ribbons on each and uhich may also have parts of their plumage painted. The color of the painted pin- mage, of each ribbon and on wliich fool it occurs should be Also, a survey has begun, in southern Alberta, to determine the past and present range nrnl numbers of lhu burrowing owl, a species which appears to be rapidly rlisnppearing from the prairie. If you see any colored gulls or know of any locations where hurrowing owls have nested or occurred in recent years or years past, contact D. V. Wcs- eloh, Department of Biology, University of Calgary, Calgary 44, Alherla. All reports of these ov.ls and banded gulls will be answered, A unique health program where every .sick animal is re- moved from ils pen to a bo.spi- tiil ward and given a health chart just like in human hospi- tals. Part of the hospital is heated for sick ani- mals and for opera lions by DCMs. Doctors Tom Sewell and Doug Ilargravc are the veter- inarians involved. Marketing thiy is Thursday. All finished c.Title for sale arc assembled in numbered pens. Buyers inspect Ihc calilo and leave sealed bids. At thi! ulusu of the day tlim bids arc opened nnd the1 ouncrs cither sell, or reject and hold if the price isi.'t bifjb enough. All cidlle are sold in fashion. Linked 1w Telex to major calllc iiiiirkets in Canada and L" S., Lakeside's markel inior- matioii mi cattle prices is prob- ably the bciit in Canada. Hie three nieinbcM's of Ihc Lakeside Trinmviralc, Jim WiWlcy, (Jarnet AlLwasser and Tor Wigemyr, they man- age lo kenp up on nearly all developments in tbe many fa- cct.s of the modern feeding bus- iness. Their newest venture is the completion of a packing plant ready lo do block breaking, among other tilings, by the eixl of the year. prove atla Department of Agriculture Research Substation Many ber- ries, Alberta. Brahmnn bull.s were mated lo Hereford, Aberdeen-Angus, and shorthorn cows and the per- formance of the hybrid (firsl- cross) cows and their progeny was compared lo that of Here- fords. The various hybrids av- eraged five to eight pounds heavier at birth than straight Ilercfords, but the progeny of the hybrid cows, on the aver- age, were lighter than the JJeiofoi'ds by the same amount tint! therefore were less likely to cause calving difficulties. N'one of the cows had calving difficulty hut 42 per rent of I he Hereford's bred lo Hereford bulls received assist- ance in calving at two years of age. 'Jin; bybrotl cow groups pro- duced from 25 to per cent more pounds of calf than tho llenifords, based on (he per- centage of calve.s weaned per cow breed