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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, January 14. 1974 - THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD - 18 Mighty sentinel Crowsnest Mountain is captured alone by Herald photographer Bill Groenen as it peers out at the foothills underfoot and stands guard over a farmhouse with an unmatched view. Wants best exotic breeding cattle production South rancher sets sights high By BOB McClelland hill SPRING, Alta. (CP) - Two cities the size of Leth-bridge would fit nicely within the borders of the 30,720-acre Palmer ranch and a sizable chunk of their annual education budgets would be needed to buy it. Owner Morris Palmer has laid plans to match its size- the production of the best exotic breeder cattle on the continent. Located 115 miles south of Calgary, the ranch sprawls over 48 square miles of rolling grassland within sight of Waterton National Park and grazes about 5,000 head of cattle. A second ranch, the 12,000-acre Big Coulee 30 miles northwest of the Cochrane spread, runs about 1,500 head. The basic brood herd, mostly pure and crossbred French Chat-olais and Maine Anjou, is rotated on 80 fenced pastures bounded on two sides by rivers and dotted with small lakes, wells and springs. Atwut 21,-000 acres of this is natural grassland and 3,000 is "tame" grass sown on cultivated land. A 7,000-acre farm provides barley, oats and winter wheat for supplemental feed and, if required, excess hay taken from a 1,100-acre alfalfa field on the Big Coulee can be used. Mr. Palmer purchased the main ranch from the Mormon Church in 1968 and says that at a conservative estimate the land alone now is worth |4-7 million. Add the Big Coulee and the total land value comes to about $6.5 million. To operate the ranch efficiently, Mr. Palmer and his sons Scott and Tom draw on family ranching experience that began in Texas prior to the United States Civil War. Their goal is to "scientifically improve the land's capacity to carry more cattle; make their basic breeder herd economically viable and produce breeding stock that other ranchers can purchase knowing the blood lines will produce the best possible economic advantage." BREED EXOTIC COWS The Palmers believe that crossbreeding exotic cattle is the key to achieving this end, Accordingly, they have added pure and crossbred Charolais, Maine-Anjou and Limousin from France and Brown Swiss, Swiss Simmental and Italian Chianina to the 2,400 native Hereford and Angus cattle purchased with the ranch. "Crossbred cows convert feed to meat better, stay healthier, have larger calves more easily and provide the calf with more milk," said Scott. "Once on the feedlot, the calf, especially if its sire is of a different breed than the dam, gains better than most straight-bred progeny." This seems to be borne out by the ranch's records, which show that the 1972 calf crop averaged more than 520 pounds per weaned animal compared with 420 pounds in 1968. "The exotic crossbreds have much less fat on them than sti-alght-bred cattle and are about 500 pounds heavier at slaughter time. With the prices of meat today, that's a big plus." NEEDCLERKS A business manager, two accountants, a computer analyst and programmer, an independent computer consultant who also is an expert in genetics, two artificial insemination technicians, a cow foreman with eight cowhands, a farm foreman with seven workers and two secretaries keep the operation going. In the summer, a four-mile-diameter pie carved into eight fenced pastures that converge on an artificial insemination station becomes the centre of activity. At this time, the traditional talents of the cowhand come into play. "An experienced cowhand has no trouble spotting a cow in heat," said Scott. "He'll follow that animal around the pasture and within an hour pick up all the other cows in heat and bring them to the station." ; The insemination tech-'nicians take over from there, inseminating about 120 cows a day and handling almost 4,000 a season. Most of the semen used comes from the ranch's own bulls, some of them worth up to $100,000. A record is kept on each cow containing the date of insemination, the sire, the semen batch number or freezing date and the number of times the cow is inseminated. This information is stored in the computer. "As each calf is bom, an ear tag is.attached and coded with its birth date, parentage and personal number. This is stored in the computer. More than four years of information has been processed through the computer and Milton Weiss, the computer consultant, said "we now can determine how a given cow will perform with semen from a given bull." "Hopefully, within a year  fie can answer any question )n any cow on the ranch-its waiving ability, quality of pro-iuction and how it is likely to lo in the future. We should be ible to set down a fairly ac-;urate breeding program including which cow to mate vith which bull for the best )roduction." Meanwhile, the search con-inues for the best stock avail-ible to upgrade the expanding lerd. 28-year resident of Granbrook 2 chamber meetings set Citizen of year named CRANBROOK (HNS) -Veronica Main has been nam-ed by a Chamber of Commerce committee as , Cranbrook's 1974 Citizen of the Year. She is principal and supervisor of Juniper Day School and appropriately cited as "having made the community a happier place to live in." A twenty-eight year resi- dent of the city, she is the wife of Henry Main, current president of Cranbrook Branch, Kootenay Society for Handicapped Children. Her 18-year-old son, David, sparked her interest in the retarded and since then she has accumulated a great deal of knowledge of the subject, which she applies in the loving Jean Vanier manner. FREE CO-OP RUMPUS ROOM CLINIC Coaldate Sportsplex Banquet Room Wed.. January 16-7:30 p.m. EVERYONE WELCOMEI Featuring IdMt and instructions on how to build your own Rumpus Room. Product Domonsirations - Fraa Estlmatas. - PLUS -Spaciais and an additional 5% off on all matarials ordorad at tho Clinic. CoNaa and Pastrias will ba sarvad. Spontorid by Southern Alberta Co-Op Lumber in Coaidale Phone 345-4441 /co-op\ Juniper School began seven years ago as a shoestring, part-time, church-basement project for a handful of children. It now has its own two-storey building and 33-pupil enrolment ranging from three to 61 years old. Staff of four and volunteers operate it. The 19 adults, mostly transferred to boarding homes here from Kamloops, have a happy workshop, while children are schooled individually to their maximum capacity. The student body and the community are on excellent terms with each other. Residents get phone ballots at Cowley PINCHER CREEK (HNS)-Alberta Government Telephones has distributed information and voting ballots to residents of Cowley as part of a province-wide Extended Area Service (EAS) program to provide telephone calling at a flat rate between selected nearby communities. The ballot asks residents in Cowley if they would prefer a monthly flat rate charge, instead of long distance toll charges when calling Pincher Creek. Only ballots mailed before Feb. 1, will be counted. TABER (HNS)-Taber's Chamber of Commerce will hold two meetings this week-the first Wednesday evening at Chinook Gardens (formerly Petrie's Pantry) as dinner meeting hosts for the town council and the industrial development committee. The chamber's board of directors will present for discussion a number of items concerning co-operation between civic bodies and the chamber. The following evening at the same place, the chamber will hold a general membership dinner meeting at 6:30 p.m. Ice rodeo plans on agenda TABER (HNS)-Final arrangements for the Feb. 16 scout-cub ice rodeo are to be completed at a Flatlands District meeting in the Taber School Division's board room Wednesday night and all groups have been invited to attend. Booster admission buttons are on sale here and in other district centres throughout the Southern Region. "Hie |1 price admits the holder to watch the day-long rodeo eliminations and finals at the community centre ice arena here. The HerM- Policy uncertainties hamper forest industry CRANBROOK (HNS) -Though the woodii industry boomed in 1973 in the vast Nelson Forest District, covering Kootenay-Boundary from Rocky Mountain Trench to Mica Creek, B.C. Forest Service sawlog scale rose less than 20 per cent. More exten-. sive expansion was hampered by uncertainties of new provincial government forest policies. The year's scale reached an all - time high 256,375,352 cubic feet compared with 1972^8 215,360,851 cubic feet. The boom started the second quarter of 1972. Much of Nelson Forest District is alpine, with major species spruce. Environmentalists, demand- Senior citizens home to double accommodation CRANBROOK - The Dr. F. W. Green Memorial Home expansion, which will double resident accommodation space from the original and present 31 guests, \ will probably be in service in March. Applications are being accepted at the Home at 334 South 17th Avenue.. The non-profit registered society annual membership meeting is set for the Home January 24 for presentation of reports for 1973, and plans for 1974. Terms of three directors, original board members Mrs. Sam DeLuca, Mrs. Gordon Haskell and Vincent Downey expire. The rest of the board emerges from a formula in the constitution. The new split level exten- Exchange students enjoy snow PINCHER CREEK (HNS) - Two Intercambio Exchange Students, Rolando Quiros and Carlos Atalah' have recently spent two months in Pincher Creek. Rolando, who is from Guatemala City, in Central America, has been at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Draper, and Carlos, who is from El Salvador, Central America, has been the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Van Oyen. Both boys enjoyed the snow, Canadian food and the friends they made. Rolando, who has six brothers and sisters, has a father who is an economist with the United Nations. Carlos has three brothers and sisters and his father is the owner of a textile factory. Both boys have been attending St. Michael's School to better their English, meet people and study Canadian culture prior to their departure for home. Credit union plans meeting TABER (HNS)-Taber sugar makers' 149-member credit union will hold its annual meeting Friday evening at the United Church hall where dinner will start at 6:30 p.m. Of total assets of $222,395 members' savings account for more than $196,000 as compared with less than $167,000 a year ago. Since organization in 1949, the credit union has loaned $1,122,524 of which $187,178 is outstanding. During its 24 years of operation, the credit union has lost no money through member default, and has some $13,500 in reserves against bad debts. THE DEFENSIVE DRIVING COURSE ADMINISTERED BY THE ALBERTA SAFETY COUNCIL DDC accident prevention for experienced drivers DDC backed by the Insurance Agents Association DDC up to 3 demerit points remitted DDC 4,500,000 grads in Canada and the U.SA FEE $8 ... FOUR EVENINGS ... 2 HOURS EACH Four Tuesdays starting January 15th. Contact Lethbridge College at 327-2141 and register now. sion provides 15 rooms with wash basins and toilets as main floor extension also accessible from the former parlcing area, and lower storey at-17th Avenue ground level four self-contained units, each with living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom, with indoor access to the upstairs community dining room and living room. Expansion was made possible to the formerly debt-free property by a long-term, low interest CMHC loan. Staff increases will be necessary for the fully occupied boarding home including a new position of supervisor, though ciirrent manager Mildred Turner will continue in her position. The shining ideal of the late Dr. Green, who died 20 years ago after 55 years medical practice, originated with the Royal Canadian Legion in 1953 toward his wish for comfortable and graceful declining years for Cranbrook pioneers whose alternative then was government institutions far from their long-time homes. Simple criterion for residence is need of people, able-bodied but no longer able to cope with operating their own homes. Rates, like everything else, have increased over its 15 years of occupation, but are a relatively reasonable $175 to $205 a month. Some increase is planned for the new upstairs rooms, and lower floor unit rates are not yet established. Original chairman from the legion, Edward Gummcr, who served 15 years in this office is a lifetime permanent honorary director, but still functions in practical capacity as chairman of the house committee. Barons Legion head elected BARONS (HNS) -Lawrence Phillips was recently installed president of the Barons branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. Willard Kroshinsky was installed as first vice-president and John Mazalewski as second vice-president. The executive committee comprises Frank Machacek, Charles Goschnitz, Gerald Wobick and August Hebinak. Bob Hood is chaplaui; Dave Wilson, secretary - treasurer; Adolph Gorzitza, sergeant at arms; and trustees are Willard Kroshinsky, Glen Gibb, and W. Reed. New members are Dennis Machacek, Larry Gibb and Dave Wilson. ing preserved wilderness are a threat to this. Large volumes of public sustained yield units at lower altitudes are also overmature, making their harvest economics questionable. Year-long report on conflicting interests of the Purcell Mountain range, which divides the two Kootenays, deals with competitive uses of this vast Lardeau Sustained Yield Unit, largest timber inventory in Nelson District. Sales already granted were suspended pending the study. The Purcell report prepared by Dr. Alan Chambers is near release now for submission to the Environmental and Land Use Committee, established to administer the master provincial Land Act, which followed the fatm land freeze of December, 1972. Its objective is shared controlled use among basic extractive industries, renewable resources of woods and farm, and recreationists. PIstrlet calendar Iron Springs United Church Women will hold its annual smorgasbord Feb. 16 at Iron Springs . . . The Iron Springs UCW will attend World Day of Prayer services March 1 . . ; The members of the Warner Women's Institute will attend a WI constituency conference at Hillsview May 24. Cover crops money makers Cover crops, planted along the foothills originally to prevent erosion and hold snow during the winter for spring moisture, are money-makers as feed for cattle, a scientist at the Lethbridge Research Station says. Alex Harper, a specialist in aphid control at the station, says the cover crop seeded the third week of July is useful in late summer when regular pastures begin to dry up. Farmers turn their cattle loose into oats or barley cover crops after mid-September for six to eight weeks of good grazing, says Mr. Harper. However farmers with cover crops being used as feed if they are seeded late are faced with the possibility of aphids while main grain crops have reached maturity. "The aphids come up from the mid-western United States into Manitoba and across Saskatchewan to Alberta," says Mr. Harper. But he says it is mainly the barley yellow dwarf disease that cuts yields and lots of aphids does not necessarily mean a disease problem. The decision to spray is strictly one of economics, he says, based on feed supplies, prices and the cattle industry and farmers should consider spraying for aphids only if there is a severe buildup of aphids in August. 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