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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 6, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 6 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Tuesday, February 6, 1973 4-H reports in the south RAYMOND By Norma Wright The Raymond 4H Beef Club held its meeting Jan. 17 at the Raymond High School. The meeting was called to order by President Bob Schefter. Lori Kearns lead the pledge and roll call was taken. Secretary's report was given and minutes were approved. Treasurers report was also given and approved as read. Theresa Kaupp gave the members a report on public speaking. Public speaking for the juniors will be held Feb. 21 and for the seniors will be held Feb. 28. A lunch will be .served afterwards. The pancake supper is set for March 6. The next meeting will be held Feb. 21. that the rope would cost 5'immed waste, and less per cent fat in meat. Ram lambs make hi�her average daily gains and utilize feed more efficieintlv than wethers in the feedlot. There is no doubt that these qualities in ram lamb carcasses outweigh the disadvantages that often are cited. This leads us to the conclusion that there is no justification for payina t^e producer less for ram lambs than for wethers. Packers may have a legitimate complaint about ram Iambs if they sell whole carcasses without removing kidney fat and trimming retail cuts. It is the retailers and consumers who benefit from the advantages that ram lambs have over wethers. Recently a new grading system for lambs has been recommended. Our results i-dicate that for the purpose of promoting carcasses of better quality, produced more efficiently, such as those obtained from properly raised ram lambs, a new grading system that would recognize t^e value of ram lambs would be warranted. Pineher cattle breeders elect new executive PTNCHER CREEK (Special) - The Pineher Creek Cattle Breeders Association held its annual meeting recently to elect the new executive for 3973. Hugh Metzler is president. Other officers are: Bob Jenkins, secretary - treasurer; Doug Buchanan, Ed Schmidt, Gary Conrad, Emery Bonertz, Henry Varley and Hugh McLaughlin, directors. The Selected Spring Bull sale is slated for March 24 at the Community Auction Sales Yard at Pineher Station. A limit of 50 two-year-old animals will be sold. In the event that there are net sufficient numbers nominated, the association will accept nominations on a mini- mum of ten yearling b'.i'ls. The association will also accept nominations for 20 females to be sold following tbe bull sale. All nominations must be sent to the secretary - treasurer by Feb. 17, for inspection before the sale date. 'Die selector last year was Jim Forsythe of' Cro=sfieW, and it is hoped to get him again. All consignees are reminded that a membership of $5 is required in order to nominate their animals. Only stock registered with the Canadian National Livestock Records will be accepted for this sale. Durum wheat released A new durum wheat - Wak-ooma - has just been released by Agriculture Canada. It is well suited to the major durum growing areas of south, west and central Saskatchewan. Wakooma is the Cree word meaning related to, and refers to Wakooma's sister relationship with another durum variety, Wascana. Both varieties were developed by scientists at the Agriculture Canada Repin-a and Swift Current, Sask., Research Stations. While Wakooma is similar in performance to Wascana, it has a stronger gluten, a quality much in demand in the export trade. Wakooma has slightly stronger straw, higher bushel weight and slightly smaller seed. M appears to withstand drought as well as or a little better than Wascana. Wakooma is equal to Wascana in height, maturity, disease resistance and yield. The two varieties are readily distinguished in the field, as Wakooma has white chaff, black awns and a lax head, while Wascana has a dense head, brown chaff and awns. Both varieties substantially outyield Hercules and Stewart in the Prairie area, and are about equal to these varieties in the Park Belt. Only limited quan'^tes of seed of the new variety are now available. Seed will be distributed by the seed stock committees in the three Prairie provinces for a multiplication increase this spring. ;