Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 6, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Tuesday, February 6, 1973 A typical feedlot which uses the competitive telephone bid system to sell cattle. Feeder selling agency Modern Beef Exchange expands By RIC SWIHART of The Herald Modem Beef Exchange Ltd. of Claresholm has expanded services to the Drumheller region, encompassing 75 additional livestock feeders in its fat cattle selling agency. Jon Eaton of Claresholm, president of Modern Beef Exchange, said the central office will be maintained with the Claresholm office. A new office has been established in Drum-heller. The principal behind the organization is to move fat cattle into slaughter markets for the member customers. No profit is made from the service which provides a more efficient sales tool for the members. Each animal moved to market through Modern Beef costs the feeder 75 cents. The group has been operating in the Claresholm region for two years. Enquiries from the Drumheller region prompted the expansion. Mr. Eaton said six Clares- holm cattle feeders decided to form the organization for the purpose of selling their fat steers by a competitive method of telephone bids. For the Claresholm area, all feeders telephone by 10 -a.m. every Monday the.regional office to report the total number of cattle they wish to sell, the type and sex, weight and location in the feedlot. The feeders also notify the office manager how they want the cattle to be offered for sale -to be weighed at the feedlot or at the packing house. The office manager then contacts all the packing house buyers before noon the same day the offer to sell is made. The packing house buyers have until noon Wednesday each week to bid on the cattle through the office manager. They can change bids up or down right up to the deadline, says Myrtle Milnes of' dares-holm, secretary for the central office. The feeders offering the cattle for sale have until 2:30 Wed- nesdays to accept or reject the bids. If they don't accept any bids, they must at some future date offer the same cattle for .sale again. There is no charge for reoffered cattle. All packing bouse buyers are notified by telephone before 4 p.m. Wednesday whether their bid was accepted or rejected. They are also told the amounts of all other bids. Because of feeders preference, the total schedule at Drumheller is two days later. The cattle are compiled for sale Wednesday instead of Mondays. The bid deadline and seller acceptance or rejection deadline is shifted to Friday. Once the offer is accepted by the sellers, the packing house has until Monday to take possession of Claresholm area cattle and until Wednesday at Drumheller. Mr. Eaton pointed to the advantages of the system, including: All buyers have an equal opportunity to bid on all the animals offered. Sellers are able to get the largest number if bids. Sellers can accept or reject bids. If the bid is rejscted, tiie cattle stay at home which doesn't add any expense of transporting the animals from the sales ring. There are 11 possible packing house buyers which can use the system. They are located in Lethbridge, Calgary, Medicine Hat, Red Deer, Edmonton and Spokane, Washington. Mr. Eaton said when the cattle are sold the cheque goes directly to the seller from the buyer. Canfarm set for increase Canfarm, the national computer farm accounting system, is ready to accept increased numbers of customers from Southern Alberta. Ken Dunsdon, head technician for Canfarm at the Lethbridge regional office for the Alberta Department of Agriculture, said there are now six technicians on staff. He said the present staff can handle 300 Canfarm customers. There were 140 Southern Alberta farmers u s i n g the accounting system last year and already in 1973 there have been 35 new accounts opened. Mr. Dunsdon said farmers Contemplating registering in the program should do so as early as possible. "The longer Tick identification important to livestock industry By DR. P. R. WILKINSON Lethbridge Research Station The incidence of tick-borne diseases of livestock on The Prairies has fortunately been low for many years, but ticks are sometimes present in considerable numbers on livestock. The identification of ticks received at the Lethbridge Research Station from time to time helps to provide information on the changing patterns of .tick distribution and their effects. A brief account of species that have caused interest or concern in recent years is given here. Fuller information is available on request from tlie research station or through district agriculturists. 0 The Rocky Mountain wood tick - This tick ranges from south-central Saskatchewan to the Fraser River Canyon in British Columbia. It is often abundant where wild rodents are present in numbers, as in shrubby coulees and the foothills of the eastern slopes of the Rockies. On the prairies it is commonly found on the undersides of cattle in May but appears to have caused little trouble to livestock since the outbreaks of tularaemia in sheep at Seven Persons in the 1940's. Tick paralysis of cattle and sheep is well known in British Columbia but rarely occurs on the prairies. The winter, or moose, tick - This sometimes reaches troublesome numbers on livestock, especially on horses that range in winter over areas used by deer or moose. The larvae usually attach in the fall, but the ticks may not be noticed until spring, when the engorged females become conspicuous. Horses' in poor nutritional condition are affected most. At times, the ticks can be in such large numbers that the animal dies. An insecticidal dust treatment is available for treating animals in cold weather. Careful management of pastures and controlled burning of brush are potential control measures. The American dog trick - Unlike the wood tick, its western counterpart, this tick favors relatively damp riverine and roadside areas from western Ontario to eastern Saskatchewan. On at least two properties, temporary paralysis of colts has been attributed to heavy infestations of this tick in 1 a t e May or June. In 1968, this tick was present in southern Manitoba during an outbreak of anaplasmosis, a disease sometimes spread by ticks in the United States, but the outbreak was contained by slaughtering the cattle. The round tick - This is adapted to prairie gophers and weasels but is quite commonly found on dogs. It has long mouthparts, which render it difficult to remove. It can be distinguished from the brown dog tick by the grayish-white color and nearly spherical shape of the engorged female. The brown dog tick - This subtropical tick is able to survive north of its normal range in heated buildings. It has been reported in Alberta on dogs from the U.S.A. on several occasions, some times many months after introduction. This tick can be a nuisance when dogs are kept indoors, since the ticks crawl out from the bedding and can attach themselves to humans. In parts of the U.S.A., it has become resistant to some insecticides. Efforts should be made to prevent its becoming established in Canada. they put off signing up, the further behind the farm records become," he said. "The great majority of the users last year seemed satisfied with the program and with the increased staff we expect the number of users to increase significantly." Added to the staff of Ross Mc-Arthur and Mr. Dunsdon are Ed Cole who will, work out of the Claresholm Provincial Building, Gary Gheyssen, who will work out of the district agriculturist's office in Medicine Hat and Jim Massy and Bob Appleton who will work out of the Lethbridge office until April. The Alberta government is a user-agency of Canfarm. This is designed to provide accounting assistance to farmers. With the expected increase in users, Colleaux and Mills of Ta-ber, Bevan Hutch and Co. of Brooks and Dick Johnson of Lethbridge have been added as user-agencies. This addition to the program will reduce the farmer's role of making entries to the Canfarm system. The farmer will also be able to learn to more efficiently use the system. For farmers wishing added information, they can contact their district agriculturist or Mr. Dunsdon at the Science Building at the Lethbridge Community College. A booth will be set up as part of AgExpo during April.