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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 20, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Utilitv grade wheat demand up The domestic demand for utility grade wheats is expected to grow in 1973. That's the opinion "of Ted Hurd, one of Canada's foremost spring wheat breeders at the Swift Current Research Station. In particular, Dr. Hurd refers to Pitic 62 and Glenlea, two non-bread varieties which can be expected to fall into the -new grades of Canada No. 1 Utility or Canada No. 2 Utility. "The name 'utility* was chosen because this type of wheat is useful for both food and feed," he said. "Pitic wa6 licensed m �96� but hasn't quite caught on in spite of its high yield. "Until this year, good quality Pitic has been graded and sold along with frost, drought and disease damaged bread wheat. Now a buyer can obtain high quality Pitic for a special purpose through the No. 1 or No. 2 Utility grades. "If a grower has Pitic he can expect to obtain a fair price because it will be graded and binned separately for those who want it." The price for utility grades was recently raised in line with increases in the price of other feed grades. As an example of the demand that has developed recently for Pitic, some egg producers and feedlot operators won't buy any other variety if Pitic is available, Dr. Hurd said. One milling company reportedly hoped to buy a 250,000 bushels last year, but that amount was not available. Glenlea is a new rust-resistant variety of utility wheat developed by the University of Manitoba. It is earlier maturing than Pitic, yields about the same in Manitoba, but is lower yielding in the drier Palliser Triangle of Saskatchewan. "Both Pitic and Glemlea can be used as nller wheat within Canada," said Dr. Hurd. "By mixing with 14.2 per cent protein wheat, millers believe that they can make a satisfactory bread flour at a lower price than by using all bard red spring wheat. "If the buyers of flour from the milling company which recently obtained Pitic are pleased with this wheat for the crumb, breading and pastry industries, the lower prices for utility grades will mean that other mills  will also want to buy Pitic. It is not known whether Glenlea will have the same desirable characteristics for these domestic uses. "The value of Pitic and Glenlea as poultry and livestock feed is being assessed by researchers across the country. Early results indicate that Pitic and other soft wheats give better gains than hard red spring wheats, although we will need to wait until spring before data from valid comparisons are available." POT-LUCK ^ By D'ARCY R1CKARD Peepers is NOT scared of grizzly bears. He made me say that. Peepers, the. horse with the glass eye like myself, threw me off this morning. Then he stood on me with all four feet for five minutes. I had to promise not to write about him any more. So Peepers is out of the news now. I hate to think he will ever kick the bucket. How old he is, heaven only knows. The last time I tried to open his mouth to check his teeth- he took a bite out of my hat. Time waits for no horse, as the saying goes. Some day Peepers will be pushing up daisies instead of chewing them. Excuse me, a terrible wave of sadness just came over me. I'll be right back. I have to go out to the barn and see if he's okay. Yes, he's okay. Gave me a gentle kick. Thinking of Peepers leaving makes me so sad the only thing to do is put the saddle on backwards. Sometimes the world is too tough to face. So I ride over the prairies, looking at where I've been and not worrying about what's ahead. Tmettoy, February 20, 1973 - THE lETHBRIDGE HERAtD - \% Peepers has the advantage. Like all horses and would-be horses, he can't see into the future. So he never worries about it. Like I always say, there are two stories to everybody's life - the one they tell and the one they keep quiet about. Peepers has a few skeletons in his closet: He has kicked more than one veterinarian in. the pants. When he dies, I'm going to take his glass eye and make a door knob out of it. In the meantime, Peepers is NOT scared of grizzly bears. The last time a bear came out of the wilderness here at Birdseye Ranch, Peepers was NOT afraid, he says. Peepers and me were sitting on the cookhouse step, eating cookies and drinking cocoa. This bear came out from behind the chicken coop and ambled over. I knew it was a bear but my horse thought it was a dog. That's how dumb be is. I tried to get into the cookhouse. But the cook was washing the floor and we were both locked out. Then Peepers realized it was a bear and he took off like a bowling ball' going down a laundry chute. I almost died laughing. How would this look? PEEPERS - Funeral service, for Peepers, the horse who is NOT afraid of bears, was held today. He died while charging a bear to protect his master He was the finest horse ever ridden at Birdseye Ranch. That ought to keep him happy. MEMORIES LIVE IN BEAUTIFUL PORTRAITS BY CHRISTOPHER - 1 year Son of MR. ond MRS. PAUL LISKA lETHBRIDGE Offer applies to: CHILDREN ADULTS GRADUATES Across from CPR Station Phone 327-2658 LIMITED TIME ONLY 3-5x7 COLOR PORTRAITS BEAUTIFULLY MOUNTED *9.99 (GROUPS SLIGHTLY HIGHER) CAPITOL FURNITURE'S 326 - 5th STREET S. PHONE 327-8578 Are HERE! Our sleek of second hand  APPLIANCES furniture it really low and