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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 3, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 8 THE IETHBRIDGI HERALD December 1971 Farm and ranch notes Cattlemen Tax woes By Ric Swihart Farmers and ranchers are in trouble and making tip only 10 per cent of the population in Alberta at their protests are almost a voice in the The enemy this time is government legislation seemingly aimed at the ageold problem of filling the coffers to pay an increasing ioad of Farming and ranching today is big no matter how largo or small the because of the extremely high investment necessary for all aspects of the The average person in cities and towns has all his tax work done for and when the specified lime fills out a short1 form with a figure provided from a T4 em ployers Bill C25 is the new tax bill Finance Minister Edgar Benson has dreamed up with the help of countless The proposed legislation affecting agribusiness will bring the majority of the hardship to cattlemen in the province and cor the most The grain farmer is also being tampered by the govern ment action or inaction on the grains policy stabilization is Wiih more than 100 amendments already the cattle men arc looking for help in the specific areas of keeping the basic herd provision and softening of the proposed capital gains The proposal for the basic herd would mean total sales receipts could be taxed as income if the farmer is on a cash Tlie years of building up a herd and the tax money saved by deductions allowed on basic herd capital expendi tures and investment would be lost at the time of the The basic herd concept is that the ranchers basic group of cattle is his source of income through the sale of calves or if The capital gains tax would come due on the transfer of the farm witliin the as well as when the farm is If the tax payable is allowed over it may not affect the incomegenerating capacity of the Finance Minister Benson recently allowed six years for this It shows at least on the surface that govern ment is indeed interested in the welfare of the Many points have been made on the stabilization of grain policies with the contention of most farmers being that the great gift from Ottawa would not amount to anything any so why bother Maybe this talk is far removed from the office but tic people not directly related to agribusiness should sit up and take an interest in the legislation affecting this seg ment of the Our basic ingredient in the economy is and the lives cf all Canadians are affected by the direction of the farm and ranch UTHBRIDGE RESEARCH STATION Barley varieties Cercalijit Important changes in the dis tribution of barley varieties being grown in Alberta have occurred in the past In 1971 a barley variety survey conducted by one of the grain companies showed that approx imately 70 per cent of the Al berta barley acreage was planted to varieties that were not available for commercial production in This was also the situation in southern where the acreage of the variety Betucs was sub stantially greater than that of ell other varieties This increase in the acreage planted to Betzes has been as sociated with an expanding market for tworow malting Much of the barley for this market has come from southern Alberta and conse quently has tended to improve sales prospects and stabilize prices in the This has happened in spite of the fact that Betzes usually is capable of producing only moderately high even under very good growing At very high levels of soil fertility and moisture Betzes tends to with consequent reduc tion in yield and quality of the The generally larger market and the higher mice for Betzes have tended to off set these The acreage of the variety Gait has been increasing since its release in Gait is a high slrongstrawed variety but it is not acceptable for It is relatively tol erant to drought but also pro duces exceptionally high yields at high levels of soil moisture and Gait usually out yields other available varieties under all Conse it is grown where high yield is the main considera tion to the Both Betzes and Gait have greatly increased the efficiency of barley production by provid ing iugher returns Betzes through higher prices and Gait through higher Our goal in barley breeding at the Leth bridge Research Station is to provide new varieties in this decade that will further in crease returns by combining high yielding ability with good malting Coming agricultural events December 3 Cardston Linder Master Farm Family Award Banquet Tickets available from Cardston and Ken Unifarm District office December 3 Vauxhall Dairy Market Sharing Meeting December 3 Cardston Dairy Market Sharing Meeting December 4 Lethbridge Dairy Market Sharing and 8 December 3 Lethbridge Irrigation Project Association Meeting December 610 Lethbridge 1st Rocky Mountain Livestock Show and Sale December 7 Coaldale Farm Water Treatment School December 710 Edmonton Annual Unifarm Convention December S Talcr Farm Water Treatment School December 8 Brooks South East Branch Meeting Future of the Beef Industry in southern Alberta December 9 Alberta Grazing Association Annual Meeting December 9 Picture Butte Farmstead Water Develop ment Meeting Dugout Weed Con Fish Culture December 10 High River Sheep Management Course December 13 Fort Macleod Rural Welding Clinic 1 week December 15 Brooks Sheep and Wool Commission Meeting January 10 EnchantVulcan Farm Business Manage ment Course commences 4woeks cosponsored by Manpower and Alberta Department of Agri culture No hurry for low acid seed Western Canadian Seed Pro cessors docs not scu the urgency in Lhe national move to change rapeseed production to low crude acid Erucic acid is a chemical makeup component of rape seed which different characteristics at different lev vice president and a member of the board of directors for said the lack of sufficient seed and a typically lower oil yield per acre may be the principal lim iting factors to switching Can ada rapeseed production to low erucic acid He was replying to a report in The Herald Tuesday which stated the government was sty mied in its attempt to have Canada produce only low eru cic acid rapeseed in Ife said the initial amounts of low erucic acid types were grown in the Imperial Valley in Seed was allocated to grow ers in Canada in order to get more seed for future growers and to get sufficient quantities for crushers to make plant size runs for The new varieties were grown on only acres in Eanfield said the move to the new type is a market demand Also the fed eral government wants to wi den the safety which is a he It has been discussed that high erucic acid rapeseed was not healthy but this is only after massive amounts were consiured Polish people have eaten high erucic acid rape seed products for There will always be a mar ket for high and loiv erucic acid The move to in crease production of low eru cic acid types win help to en large the range for Canadian he Agromeeting Thursday The Alberta department of agriculture will present a spe cial agro meeting in the Pic ure Butte library Thursday from to 4 Topics to be covered include dugout aquatic iveed fish farming and cooking and preserving Reg Hartncss of the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Adminis in Fort Macleod will deal with dugout Jack Allen of the Canada department of agriculture in will discuss aquatic weed Stan Clements of the fish and wildlife branch of the de partment of lands and forest will explain fish farming as ap plied to Murray district agriculturist for the Counties of Lethbridge and will also discuss fish Elizabeth district home economist in will explain cooking and pre serving methods for There is a registration fee of and everyone is welcome to MODERN STEER The loineye area of this animal is square inches more than the problem It has nearly an inch fat The modern steer had 102 pounds of fat which had to be There is more red meat In the modern steer and the amount cf saleable meat contained from the modern steer would have cost cents per pound as againit cents for the problem or overfat Notice uniform and yet not over bearing fat tissue in the crosi PROBLEM STEER The fat is evident on this both from the front view and side It just plain looks The real story is told in the carcass Notice the thick fat the smaller proportion of meat to fat and the over finished appearance of this carcass compared with the modern steer The tests show the actual amount of meat produced at the market price it much more on the modern You pay too much for the waste fat on the problem Dugout water treatment meetings set for Coaldale and Taker Carcass quality skills tested Dugout water treatment as pplied to irrigated districts vill bo discussed in Coaldale Tuesday and Taber sponsored by Hie Alberta de lartment of Scheduled at for the Coaldale Community Hall and he Taber Civic the neciings will feature expe ienccd specialists from the conditioning They Trill emphasize proper operation and main tenance of equipment for filter ing and treating dugout Topics to be dealt with in clude the its quality and reasons it goes bad in the winter filters and chlorina tors homemade water soften ers and problem solving ses All persons interested in good quality dugout water are in vited to attend either Cattle breeders and beef pro ducers have been issued a challenge to test their skills at judging carcass cutability un der control A carcass cutability judging competition has been set for the Exhibition Pavilion Monday and Tuesday open to all inter ested It is s p o n sored by the Lethbridge and District Carcass cutability is an indi cator of the amount of saleable not including waste fat and is therefore an indicator of carcass It is synonamous with car cass yield and carcass quan tity and is expressed as a per centage of closely trimmed prime cuts Garry livestock officer in Lethbridge said people can learn to judge cutability on the hoof by studying different types of live animals and pre dicting how the carcass can be expected to He said it is important to be able lo check predictions against the actual carcass of the animal The competition arises from the problem which has been existant for many years overfat The causes of excess fat re sult from the changeover from grass to grain finishing the practice of pricing fat cattle on the basis of anticipated dress ing percentage and the falla cious trade belief that a thick fat cover and heavy marbling were essential to high palata The special competition will involve eyeball judging of six or seven steers and possibly a bull as part of the Rocky Mountain Livestock Slww and Judging cards will be made available for use by the The animals wall be slaugh tered and returned to the pavi lion for inspection by the par An entry fee of 51 for adults will be split on a percentage basis for prizes to the top five There is to be a special 4H section run in conjunction with the adult 4H News From Clubs In Southern Alberta FOREMOST The reorganizational meeting f the Pronghorn Beef Club was eld at the Foremost School Debbie Cowie elected pres Other officers elected were oan secretarytrea Ricky vicepresi and Robyn Cowie club re Jack Cowie is club leader and oan Staaldine The weigh was held in Hou ens corral 30 with the mit set at 450 to 600 The color night is to be held 26 at 7 in the Fore iost Community Hall with the hort Grass Beef Hoping imble Foremost ucky Horseshoe Light Horse lub and the Foremost Prong orn Beef Club Alva Bair of Milk River will low films from her South merica CLUB REPORTER Robyn Cowie READYMADE Tne Roadymade 4H Beef lub held its Annual Banquet nd Awards Niglrt 13 at at the Josephs The Catholic Womens League prepared and sened Joe Kaval led everyone in the The head table was introduced by Robert Stan Highlights of the year were given by Sherry The presentation of awards follows champion Chris trophy by Grahams Garage reserve cham p Myraa trophy by OK Esso highest rate of Robert trophy by the George Tcmpleton Chris Pear trophy by Virginillo Sales md Service Syd trophy by Oliver Chemical Company public Chris tro phy by McNally Women of Uni farm care of calf and Joe and Dorothy trophy by Terry Best record Syd Mant trophy by the Stan La Valley Family best gate Slwrry and Joanne tro phy by Readymade MI Beef Club fund Hank Kor trophy by Readymarte 4H Beef Club first year effi Dorothy troph b Perlich Auction Service to Syd troph by the Bank of Perfect attendance pins out to Carrol D y c Erni Dorothy Jo Hank Gwe Syd Mar Carla Myrn Bonny and Rob ert all donated by Readymade 4H Beef Club CLUB REPORTEF Sherry Ilrusk RAYMOND The Raymond 4H Beef CIu elected its executive for 1972 a its first meeting Elected president was Bet with Bobby Schefter vice Norma Wright secre Francis Irea surer and Theresa Kaupp clul Club leader is Jack Kearns with assistants Bob Frazer anc Clair The meeting was called t order by Beth Holt and the pledge was led by Maria Snow Roll call was the breed of the calf for each CHIANINA INSPECTED Syd head of Ilie animal science sec lion of the letlibridge Research displays one of six Chianina heifers to Allen MP for Rocky Mountain House and Leonard former Alberto agri culture To the right is publisher of The Herald and to the left are three of the 24 students from the Maqrath Grado 9 agriculture class who attended the open houu Lunch committee consists of Ron Bernadette Kaupp and Maria Junior leader Annamarie Schefter suggested a toy drive for 27 at 1 All mem bers are to meet at Jack Record books and project books were handed out with the date of the next rneeling fixed at CLUB REPORTER Theresa Kaupp MILK RIVER The annual Milk River 4H Beef Club and awards held in the Milk River Calholic Church Recreation was well attended and enjoyed by 4H members and President Leslie Lindem a n was the master of Awards presented included grand proficiency and Bruce Tliiessen Lanny Doenz records and Debby Thicssen and Marion Assistant Leader Frank Madge was honored for 10 years service to the A short presented by the members and wildlife films presented by Tom Willock were Leader Robert Kuhl and his wife Joan and all the trophy donors were thanked for mak ing the club activities such a CLUB REPORTER JJiane Stringam COUTTS The regular meeting of the International 4H Light Horse Club was held 18 at 7 in the Coutts Civic Centre with 22 members Fred call ed the meeting to order and Sharla Winters led the mem bers in the 4H The min utes of the last meeting were read by Carleen Blanche and the treasurers report read by Leslie It was decided to liave a swimming party in December is well as a trip to Great Falls early in the new Gus Coolridge instructed tile members of good public ipeaking Speeches were then given by Darcee Bl Leslie Croteau and Fred The next meeting mil be held on CLUB REPORTER Teresa HOPING The regular meeting of Hop ing Nimble Needles was called to order with the singing of 0 Canada and Roll call was What I Plan to get out of 4H this Club members will sing for the Christmas Concert on The annual bake bingo will be held Talks were given by Roxanne Flexhaug on smoking Sandy Thompson on ways you can change your world and Debbie Lee on was it sudden Impromptu talks were given by Sharon Walters on what it is like to ride to school on a bus Shari Eeward on my fa vorite time of Ihe year Melody Mueller on a perfect husband and Sheila Scratch on how much I like school and how much I Hostesses were Karen Wai and Brenda CLUB REPORTER Rila Kana The inexpensive red tdbleHvinl Buy some today for tbnite JORDAN WINES v ;