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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 25, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta g THE ItrHBRIfKiE HERALD Fildciy, February 25, 197J Farm and ranch notes problems By Ric Swihort F. PallisiT YYhcnl Growers Association has com- pleted wlinl could bo described as ;i vcrifica- iion I rip mi liie yr.'u'n handling situation al the west Twenty five visited the grain handling port las! week lo find out what the rest of the world already knew there are hangups galore which are reslncting Canada's activity in the ivorlil grain mar- ketplace Perhaps thy 25 delegates found out more than just this or it must be hoped so. The consensus of the group was clean grain from fhe inland terminals must be shipped to the coast for rapid loading of ships to case the predicament. A Canadian Wheat Board official told the Palliscr convention in Regina last year that already (here ivere about 12 ships wailing for loading in the Vancouver area. In calling for immediate action to remedy Ihe sit- utation. Palliser may have overlooked some natural and some man-made problems which aided in making Canada 24 million bushels behind schedule in export shipments. There was a period when snow slides caused a huge backlog of boxcars on the Prairies. This was fol- lowed closely by a unionist method of striking while the metal is The CPK boys picked an opportune time to pile even more pressure on an already overworked transportation system. The Palliser group sent telegrams to high officials- in government requesting immediate action to remedy the disastrous grain situation out in a release never mentioned the problems wilh weather and labor. Thinking like it should, the group called for technical changes v. Inch is good if everything runs properly. But pressure should be exerted on more places than Ihe transportation system which is recognized by .O'MrrnMrat as somclhing which is less than ideal .il Uu.i lime. Government appears to realize the dire straits the grain industry is in and lo say something posilive, is doing many things and supporting many new ideas which are aimed for Ihis end. Look for a new Austrian breed of cattle, Pmzgau, pronounced pints-gow, to be introduced into Southern Alberta about the end of November. They will be Ihe first in North America when they enter the country in May. Semen will be available about the end of Novem- ber. The animals destined for here are presently being held in a quarantine station in Hanvec. France. LIMOUSIN BULL SETS CANADIAN RECORD Dondin C, a four-year-old, purebred Limousin bull set a Canadian record at Calgary, Feb. 19, when it was sold to Inlerna- iional Beef Breeders, Inc. of Denver, for The bull was owned by (he Canada department of agriculture and had undergone extensive performance tests at the Brandon Research Station in Manitoba, ll was one of 77 Limousin pure- bred and crossbred beef animals which for an average sale of Dandin C is shown willi Norlh American Limousin Queen Gloria Jennings of Highmore, South Dakota; Waller Shatlo, Calgary, president of ihe Canadian Limousin Association and Dr. William Brown of International Beef Breeders. Limousin bull sets Canadian price mark Tlic highest price ever paid for a purebred bull in Canada vent (lie way of Die ;mc- iionecr's gavel at Ihe Slam- pedc Grounds, Feb. 13, when International Beet Breeders Inc. (subsidiary of Synlex La- boratories, Inc.) of Denver, paid for a four-year-old Limousin bun. It was the Canadian Limou- sin Assoi'inlion's first annual Limousin Legacy Sale. The bull, Dandin C, was one of 77 purebred and crossbred Limousins which grossed 285 for an average ot SG.6S6. Dandin C was one of six Limousin bulls consigned lo Ihe sale by the federal government research station at Brandon, Alan. The six bulls brought a total of with an aver- age price of The sale, conducted by auc- tioneer Jim Baldridgc of Ft. Collins, Color a d o, attracted more than buyers and fol- lowed on the heels of a heavily attended lira-day annual meet- ing of Limousin breeders at the Palliser Hotel. fn an address to 350 dele- gates, Dale Ilunnion, editor ot The International Limousin Journal, said today's house- wife doesn't want fat on Ihe meat she buys at the super- market Cattlemen have a choice, he said, "We can cut it off or breed it off." membership in the Canadian Limousin Association increased by 150 during the past year. bulls offered at gary sale "More Ihan 600 lop quality bulls will sell al the 72 An- mini Calgary Bull Sale March K tn R at Ihe Agriculture Pavi- lion on the Stampede Grounds. year's edition will carry the name C. E. "Charlie" .Tones Memorial honouring (he Balzac cattleman who died last summer The Jones Hereford has won numerous championships at major bull sales and has long been recognized as a source of lop breeding caltlo. I Charlie Jones has been rc- i forrcd to as 'one of (he cattle i n (Hi s I r y 's internationally kr.ov.'ii and most colorful per- j In he was i Pernod to the Hall of Fame at Ihs X o r t h e r n International i Livestock Exhibition, Billings, Montana. Plan and serve The total now slands al 401. Following is a c o m plele breakdown of sale results: 77 head, gross average, six full Mood bulls, Rross average 17 bred yearlings, gross 000; average, 44 half- blood open heifers, gross 085; average, 5727; Ihrce per- cent heifer calves, gros average, three full- blood calves, gross av- erage, four full blood heifer calves, gross av- erage, UtTIIBnlDGE The Lelhbridge 4-H Horse Club held it's meeting i 1. Public speaking con- tests will be held March 10 at the Western Canadian Natural Gas Co. auditorium. Mavis Erno will assist with the speak- ing contest. The club will put 528 down payment on a Quarter Horse colt that it will raffle. The member selling the most tickets nil] get S10. Attendance problems will be dealt with by a grievance com- mittee. Ed Byam will phone all members prior to the next meeting. .Ian. 20. the club went to St. George Stables near Calgary to tour the Hanoverian Horse. Inipromtu speeches were given by all members. Next meeting will be held March 7 al the Bowman Arts Centre and all interested peo- ple are welcome. CLUB REPOHTEP. Maxine McKcnna. NEST O.V All turtles lay their eggs on drv land. Calendar of farm events FEBRUARY 2S Cardslon Sheep Production FEBRUARY 23 Pincher Creek Farm and Ranch Busi- ness Managlment Course commences (Pre-reg- islraliou required scvc-ral vacancies are. slill open) FEBRUARY 29 Taber Alberta Field Cora Growers Con- vention Evening Banqu-.-i II. J. Margrave, Mar- keting Commissioner, Guest speaker ".Market Opportunities for sculhem Alberia Farm Prod- ucts" MARCH 2 LeUibridge Corral Plcimine Course MARCH 2 Lelhbridge Planning and Mc-als Lelh- bridge Communily College y. and 7-9 MARCH 3-5 Calgary Seed Fail'. Hay Know MARCH 6-30 Olds Dairy Production Short Course (Com- prehensive piT-rcgisListion required) MARCH 7 Brents Alfalfa Seed Production and Mar- keting meeting MARCH 7 Cardston Soils and Fertilizers Short Course MARCH 8 Vauxhall Agricultural Short Course MARCH 8-0 Brocks Dairy Housing Workshop MARCH 9 Cardston Eape-seed Production and Marketing meeting MARCH 12-17 Banff Small Group Leadership Workshop (Pre-regislration required! MARCH i3 Brooks Yard and Home Beaulificalion Course MARCH 13 Foremost Farm law mealing. Cal Brandlcy. MARCH 13-17 I-clhbridge A. I. Management School MARCH 14 Lethbridge Grain Marketing and Trans- portation Conference JfARCH 15 Taber Horticultural Day The Alberta department of agriculture will sponsor a three session seminar on planning and serving meals sel for Ine Lethbridge Community Colleco starling March 2. Tho dales for the rest ol the seminar arc March 9 and 13 Times for all sessions arc p.nj. io p.m. and 7 lo 3 p m. All topics will be djscussc'! in Room 9 at the LCC. Jam's McLcim, food nu- trition specialist and Bartman, district home econo- mist in Lelhhridge, will handle Ihe inslruclion. The first session Is fcl lor Thursday. MLss McLean will discuss nutrition from befnrc a baby is bom until he is 90 years o'd arid t'lo nu'rilicn of a low calorie diet. This set for p.m. Miss Bartman will reveal clever shopping tips at the eve- ning meeling. March 8, Miss McLean will handle both sessions. The after- noon meeting will explain how to cook nutritious and tasty meats and vegetables. In the evening, she will deal wilh camping cooking hints There is no preregistration necessary for the course. There is no fee for the course. HIC SWIIIAUT Government Agribusinessmen in southern Alberta will have the oppor- tunity of placing questions befo-e the agricultural ministers on a provincial and national level with the introduction of a new farm oriented column. Dr. Hugh Homer, agriculture minister for Alherta, and Bud Olson, federal agriculture minister, Siavc agreed lo answer questions posed by south Ajnertans tlirougli The Herald. Lcllcrs can be directed to the farm desk at Tile Herald on policy issues allccling agriculture. The questions will be directed at cither or liolli men and Hie answer printed in Ule new column. Some questions may lead to detailed stories which will Uicn appear in Tlic Herald. Pv WATMOL'GH io Die Herald Fanners are separatists and will not gain the influence they need for a better deal unless (hey have real unity, Sister Man' Thomas More, farnv lecturer, lo'rt 200 Oka farmers recently. HUM IfTHEBIDGE- RESEARCH STATION Needed: alfalfa growers DR. G. A. I10BDS, Entomologist The alfalfa leafcutler bee in- dustry is firmly established in the Frame Provinces and is now producing more bees than the present alfalfa seed grow- ers can utilize. Many beekeep- ers must now find markets else- where for their surplus leafcul- ler bees. This is unfortunate because we could expand the industry to include many more alfalfa seed growers in West- ern Canda. Tho Canadian re- quirement for alfalfa seed has been about pounds an- nually, but our present produc- tion is only about pounds. We should be able to grow enough for our own needs and for export to American and European markets. Where Ihe alfalfa Icafcutter bee thrives, there is lillle douhl that alfalfa seed is one of the most profitable cash crops a i farmer can produce. When a good grower and good bee- keeper (a team up, few can be both) the results can be ST. LOUIS FURNITURE OFFERS YOU ELEGANT COLONIAL FURNITURE AT FANTASTIC LOW PRICES OPEN SIX DAYS A WEEK Choose what is for you Qnd family ol fhn best prices available OPEN THURSDAY and FRIDAY till 9 FURNITURE 118 5lh ST. S. PHONE 327.3210 consistently profitable for both. This is especially true in tne Ea.slcrn Irrigation District of southern Alberta where warm dry weather usually prevails cluing Ihe pollinating period There, Hie bees turive, the alf- alfa blooms profusely through- out the pollinating period, and insecl pests pose few serious problems, The health and vigor of the alfalfa leafcutler bee industry was evident at a short course held at Saskatoon in January 1071 and attended by about 150 farmers and seedsmen; at field days devoted to the subject at Pamburn. Shellbrook, and Mcl- forl, Saskatchewan, in late July; and on visits with south- ern Alberta seed growers in the summer and fall of 1971. Die impression gained at these meetings was that the pro- ducers arc enthusiastic and are capable of modifying and adapting their equipment and procedures for particular cli- matic conditions and for large- scale production. Iieafcut'er beekeeping re- quires new skills and is lime- consuming; therefore, many farmers do not want to become i involved. However, those who i simply wish lo grow alfalfa for seed may renl Ihe leafcutler bees on a crcp share basis. The two plans in tavor at present are: beekeeper provides and manages the bees for one- of the seed crop, or the first 150 pounds of seed pro- duced per acre goes to the seed grower and the remainder di- vidcd evenly between beekeep- er and grower. We favor the first plan because the produc- tion of alfalfa seed is a team effort and if, for example, the farmer fails lo irrigate at the right time, a poor crop will re- sult regardless of what the hcckeepr does. When the farm- er and the beekeeper work for their common good and crops of BOO pounds pei' acre are pro- duced, the cost lo the farmer for the services of the leafcul tcr bees will pounds of seed per acre with the first contract as compared with 325 pounds with Ihe second. In cith- er case, this amount nf is low price lo pay for a crop that will ncl as much or more per acre than almost nny other crop now being grown. Detailed information on Oie technique ol producing alflafa seed with Ihe aid of the alfalfa Ip.afcuttrr bee muy bo obtained by writing lo the Canada De- partment of Agriculture, Re- search Station, Lethbridge. MIT, head tl the de- partment ef social TCJcrcc at Holy Family College, Manilo- svac, Wisconsin, said fanners arc separatists in dealing with several groups Ihe middle- men, government, agricultural intellectuals, consumers and oilier farmers. KistT Hove in rccenf years has the in-tlcmapd spoalfcr farm orgoiiizaliorial irortbgs srrofs North Amer- ica. Her ofl-liic-cuff and from- tlie-shoulder language is back- ed by substantial kTiowlcdge of farm problems, especially mar- keting. Emphasizing Ihe ullra-re- mole chance of more Ihan 300 United States farm organiza- tions ever getting together, she said: "They couldn't warm up to each other if they were cre- mated "You need unity in organiza- tion lo compel concessions and make tte oilier side she said. "How can a farmer repre- sentative have sny influence al Ilie bargaining table wilh la- bor, the. consumer and agri- business if he doesn't even have the solid backing of those he Farmers are separated by commodity groups, geographic areas, distances from market even political leanings. Or- ganizations by the dozen in j each of these areas tend lo: keep the farmers apart, almost liks UK felloe gnnring potatoas. is ncl a farmer like the man growing tomatoes, she said. Sister More scored member- ships statistics in agricultural organizations. "There's nothing she said. "For ex- ample, in the U.S., member- ship in Ihe G-riings organiza- tion may be had by a 14-year- old so long as he hasn'L doue rrvttiing messy until that time." Tom? organization" screpf a? five members, a man who jobs and has a wife and three kids, she said. One of the strong points of power and separation with organizations is member- ship statistics. "1 cnulrln'l, care less about lhc slalistics. How many true believers are there in the Images winch separate farm- ers through organizations also came under the verbal fire of Sitter More. "Like the cattle- men who have their meetings in Las Vegas instead of the she said. "Im.igo i.s impoilant only improvement in bargain- if might provide." But n-r? r.f the more serious cogs in Ihe separatism wheel is Uie individual farmer who is a volunlarisl, who won't go along on a firm policy and who likes the chance lo opt out. AMERICAN BREEDERS SERVICE MARCH 13th to 17fh CONTACT LETHBRIDGE ARTIFICIAL BREEDERS ANIMAL CLINIC STOCKYARDS PHONE 327-8822 MIKE DONKIN Phone 328-2569 ARNOLD VAN KES5EL Phone 345-3010 You will spend many hours this spring putting in your crop. Give yourself an edge by seeding quality seed that will return moie for your efforts. You have the privilege of using "over-quota" deliveries to pay for this edge... or a part of it. You hedge your investment edge by getting inoie for whal you do. Better seed gives boner yield. Discuss ynur requirements (Bulk or Bag) with your ALBERTA WHEAT POOL ELEVATOR OR SEED WAREHOUSE MANAGER ;