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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 20, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, August 20, 1974 Rapeseed growth continues 'Double O' eliminated WINNIPEG This year's licensing of Tower, a new rapeseed variety featuring important improvements in the seed's composition, will assure growers of continued rapid growth of demand. Tower has neither the growth depressant, toxic sulphur the long chain, fatty eurucic acid, the biggest obstacles to wider use of rapeseed as an edible oil. The total removal of these substances from both the rapeseed meal and oil has prompted nutritionist BrUce McDonald of the University of Manitoba to describe rapr- as biological plant protein there is." Tower rapeseed was developed by Baldur Stefansson of the University of Manitoba, who has been doing research on improved rapeseed varieties for 20 years. "We have to improve the quality of rapeseed as much as possible because we have to be competitive on the world Dr. Stefansson said. Though the level of eurucic acid was reduced to less than one per cent in the late 1960's from as much as 35 per cent 25 years earlier, its total as the "double O" improve -.'pc-seed's market The breaintaking growth of rapeseed's popularity in recent years has arisen largely from increased foreign sales. But much of the new growth resulting from the development of Tower is expected to come from the rapidly growing domestic livestock industry. As recently as 1970, nearly tons of soybean meal were imported into Canada and fed to than double the amount of domestically produced rapeseed meal used. Dr. Stefansson says he now is working on a O" type of Polish u.pcseed, a f-.. icr maturing variety. Canada now suppli..-; 63.9 per cent of the world's rapeseed exports. A R Z R I REINFORCING STEEL WIRE MESH ANCHOR BOLTS 14TagishRoad KAMLOOPS, B.C. 374-0889 2808 2nd Avenue North LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA 327-1296 Prairie fire plan Master Corporal Hank Linklater, centre, and Warrant Officer Bill Davies of the range control staff, Canadian Forces Base Suffield, survey a map indicating new fire breaks created to protect cattle on the PFRA pasture at the east end of the square-mile military establishment. Surface growth has been scraped off to a width of four blades, dividing the grazing area into seven separate divisions. In the event of a prairie fire, livestock could cross a break until the 650 British troops in training could be pressed into service to quell the outbreak. Pasture manager Dave Galarneau, looks on with approval. Kiwi rustlers bag valued venison By ALAN S. HARMAN CP Correspondent CHRISTCHURCH, N.Z. (CP) Rustlers in the tradition of the old west are at odds with the authorities near here. But with beef prices dropping, their objective is a more valuable meat. So far, seven have been arrested after threatening forest rangers and ruining part of a New Zealand Forest Service ex- periment. The area involved is about acres where since 1960 the land has been used to study the effect of certain animals on grazing land. Red deer were left to multiply to the "very plentiful" level they reached earlier this year when the poaching began to reduce the deer numbers drastically. ''People knew the animals were there and it finally became too much of a said I. Y. Morris of the Forest Research Institute. "They reduced the number of deer by between 80 and 90 per cent and cut off the study at about the stage when it was be- ginning to yield most interest." Most of the poachers are professionals with jeeps and spotlights, taking their vehicles up tracks on which amateurs refuse to go. They have a thorough knowledge of the country. They slip quietly into the area at nightfall with all lights switched off to avoid being seen from the Forest Service huts. They hunt by night and hide by day. For one or two nights of shooting they can earn up to Forest Service rangers have declared war on the poachers and there have been some tense scenes. A ranger who saw a vehicle leaving the area with deer carcases gave chase, but only drove a short distance before he stopped. His tank had been drained of fuel. The next day the same ranger saw another vehicle. He called for help and gave chase. After a three-hour hunt the poachers were found hiding in the bush. It was 4 a.m. next day before the poachers finally gave up their weapons. In between, the rangers say they were under a "considerable threat of violence." By then, the Forest Service was out in strength and after some initial arrests they were unable to find any more poachers. The conservator of forests in Canterbury, J. W. Levy, said the poachers seemed to know the forest service had declared war on them. "The bush telegraph is amazingly he said. The farmer has always responded to the wants of the consumer, especially in the quality of meat she likes. In 1972, about 65 per cent of all beef produced in the U.S. was either choice or prime. This was nearly four times more prime and choice than was produced jn 1952. ;