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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 11, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuwday, February 11, 1975-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD-11 National brucellosis pains hurt livestock purse strings Disease, a word dreaded by Canadian ranchers, is rearing its ugly head throughout this country and striking at the purse strings of primary producers while threaten- ing the export market, a new and fast income outlet in times of tight livestock money. Brucellosis, an incurable disease which causes cows to abort their calves and can cause undulant fever in humans who consume raw milk from infected animals, has been found in 17 herds in Alberta, caus- ing federal health of animals officials to quarantine those herds. The recommendation, made in obvious serious tones by Hugh Vance, director of the veterinary services division of the Alberta department of agriculture, is mass volun- tary vaccination of heifer calves against brucellosis must be seriously con- sidered. While the number of herds involved in Alberta is relatively small, it is still considered serious. The national picture is one of gloom. Across Canada, the number of herds under quarantine has reached about 500, mostly in On- tario. To 1966, it was com- pulsory to vaccinate calves against brucellosis. It is Skid-steer Loader That "Puts It All Together" When the Uelroe Bobcat was matched in performance tests against thirteen other skid-steer loader makes, here's what happened: Bobcat led the field, with clear superiority in rim pull, cycle time, practical load capacity, safety and mobility under lull load. Thafs the kind of performance you'd expect from Ameri- ca's number one skid-steer loader', but it's just pan ol the Bobcat story. Bobcat is famous (or multi-job versatility. One Bpbcal. one operator and a group of special-job aitachments can replace several costly, one-job machines and their operators. The patented which allows the Bobcat operator to change attachments in less than a minute, is still the fastest, most effective quick-attach system around. Put a Bobcat to the test. Call us for a free demonstra- tion today. While we're on your jobsite. we'll; explain new. flexible financing that makes it easier than ever to own a Bobcat number one skid-steer loader. G J EQUIPMENTS! 1410-2nd South Phom-327-2922 best to do this when the calves are four to seven months old. The year the vaccination program was ended, nearly calves were treated. In the three years following 1965, only calves were treated. The compulsory vaccina- tion program had been carried out to try to eradicate the disease through prevention. In 1966, officials decided it was time to stop the vac- cinations to promote a better chance for export of Canadian livestock throughout, the world. A system of checks and inspections was introduced to replace vaccinations with any herds found infected simply destroyed and with it, hopefully, the disease. Many importing nations will not allow animals showing brucellosis reac- tion to cross their borders. Since vaccinated animals show a reaction, these are not permitted in many countries. Even with a cer- tificate of proof of vac- cination, many countries will refuse entry of a treated animal. The only hope for producers of expensive purebred cattle, the major exporters, has to be prevention of the disease by limiting association. The key to Dr. Vance's" recommendation besides voluntary has to be vaccination as an aid to the present eradication program." Health checks have fail- ed to stop the introduction of the disease to "clean" herds. This means areas of the province are losing their certified area status and in turn export markets. Livestock production, while some participants may feel their particular operation may make or break the industry, is a co operative venture. All producers will rise and fall together since basically all are producing the same goods. It behooves all producers, therefore, to seriously consider the challenge issued by the department of agriculture even though it is government. Sometimes government is right although many producers' wonder at times. Since meat is the end result of all livestock production, animals which can't be shipped out of the DAVIS ENTERPRISES (ALBERTA) W< Pay Hisbwt lor HIDES-SCRAP METAl-CAST IRON-BATTERIES RADIATORS-COPPER-BRASS-ETC. ALBERTA STEEL PRODUCTS Dlvllian ol Indwtriw lid. in Struelunl Stwl, "W1 (Whowult PflcM) Both ButlntMW LoMttd Phon.327.40M 0.327.6261 country will have to be con- sumed here. And because livestock prices are being set around the world by supply and demand, the present glut of cattle in North America will be affected in some small way. But before heading out with needle in hand, check with the nearest veterinarian or health of animals official. They have all the goods and can recommend a program to suit the individual needs of producers. We have the following equipment available for sale: HAY EQUIPMENT No. 800 S.P. Windrower NO. 466 Balers Delivery in June. No. 500 Balers Delivery in June No. 336 Balers No. 346 Baler Delivery in February. 1209 Mower Conditioner 1212 Mower Conditioner Delivery in April 1214 Mower Conditioner Delivery in April USED EQUIPMENT Krause Disc Harrow Model 46I.H.C. Baler 18' Roll-0-Flex Chisel Plow J.D. Model 483 Mower Conditioner J.D. Model 215A S.P. Windrower TRACTORS 920 Tractor (36 h.p.) On hand. 1120 Tractor (45 h.p.) Delivery in March. 1830 Tractor (57 h.p.) Delivery in April. 2130 Tractor (66 h.p.) Delivery in June. GRAIN DRILLS LL147A Drills LZ147B Drills Available in March LL247A CORN PLANTERS No. 7000 4 Row Plateless Planters March No. 7000 8 Row Plateless Planters OTHER SPRING EQUIPMENT 1 J.D. 17' Chisel Plow (1611R) 1 J.D. 35' Chisel Plow (1635) 1 J.D. 12' Chisel Plow (1608M) No. 148 Loaders Fits 4030 to 4430 Tractors No. 70 Skid Steer Loader 965 and 1065 Farm Wagons 870 Flail Spreader 5' and 6' Flex Harrow Sections Model 600 25' Ezee-On Disc Harrow McKAY BROS. FARM IMPLEMENTS LTD. 3214-5IH Avenue North phone 327-5512 ;