Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 11, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
16-THE LETHBRIDGE February 11, 1975 CATTLE MANAGER ALLAN YOUNG SHOWS DISPOSITION OF SALER BREED PINCHER CREEK The.largest herd of half blood Salers cattle in North America is gently wrapped in the folds of Southern Alber- ta's foothills and the French owned Pincher Creek Ranches Ltd. here hopes to fill a niche in the Canadian livestock industry through its efforts with the breed. Pat Lowe, ranch manager, told The Herald in a recent visit he is working toward a com- bination of Salers and Pie Rrouge, a French Simmental, as the two main breeds in his operation. Salers will hold about 75 per cent of the herd numbers as the basic breed with Pie Rrouge filling out the breeding program. Mr. Lowe said the ranch hopes to be able to supply purebred and partbred Salers cattle for the Canadian market to offer producers another choice in their breeding programs. He is also eyeing the export market. Pincher Creek Ranches cattle manager Allan Young is in charge of the 90 half blood heifer calves. He also looks after 304 cows bred to a Salers bull which are due to calve this spring. Another 396 yearling heifers will also calve out this spring and the ranch has another 200 heifers on contract to give birth to half blood Salers calves this spring. Mr. Young said the ranch feels this breed, from the south central part of France with topography and climate similar to Southern Alberta, will fit into the livestock industry throughout North America. The traits of the breed, which bring praise from the management at Pincher Creek Ranches, includes a good coat of hair to help withstand the cold, ability to forage in deep snow and a good disposition.. Because of the dark pigmentation under the mahogany red color, the breed is free of pink eye problems and the dark udders resist the sunburned condition faced by lighter colored breeds. ByRICSWIHART Herald Staff Writer The 200 half blood Salers born last spring averaged 68 pounds at birth, said Mr. Young. There were no calving problems experienced. "This is a real bonus for ranchers." Because the breed is a brood or mother type beef animal, there is a good milk supply for the calf. The incidence of twins in purebred Salers is seven per cent. Of the male calves born in 1974, SO are un- dergoing a feeding test at Didsbury Feeders. The animals have averaged 2.4 pounds of gain per day on growing ration prior to going on full feed when officials expect the animals to gain three pounds per day. Next fall, the ranch will put 30 half blood steers on grass range. When they are two years old, they will be slaughtered to provide carcass data for that type of feeding operation. This, combined with the feedlot data, will let the ranch officials know how the Salers breed stands up to other exotic breeds in the production of beef, said Mr. Young. The object of management is to sponsor production sales at the ranch for domestic purebred, seven eights, three quarter, half blood and bred cows. This may occur in three years, said Mr. Young. With the first purebred French Salers due to land in Pincher Creek in April with a group of six animals, Pincher Creek Ranches will lay claim to two purebred French Salers. It now owns one of three purebred bulls in North America, stationed at Southern Breeders Ltd. in Lethbridge. A domestic purebred can be registered by the Canadian Salers Association if he has Salers blood, obtained after four crosses from the first non Salers breed.