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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 23, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta CHINOOK Jhe lethbridge Herald LETH3SIOGE. ALSERTA VOL. 1 No. 22 TUESDAY, JANUARY 23, 1973 PAGES 1 16 Increased hog production forecast DES ban in effect- cattle feeders ivorried production cmild be on (ho increase in Southern Al- bei'ta A bsm construction sem- inar by the Alberta of agriculture drew a recoil ISO producers last v.'eek. Roger Moore, district agriciil.'.srist for the County of Leihljndge and TVaroer said they had expected about 25 producers. Geoisre JarokosH. president of the Southern Alberta Hog Producers Association, said the majority of the men present were in the hog business to some degreo. He said (her irere at the meeluig to learn more about the modern technology involv- ed in getting more hogs to market more efficiently. The fer hired speaker was Hod Con- stable, building engir.eer for the Alberta department of ag- riculture, who explained the various types of hog barns which eould be adapted to dif- ferent hog operations. Mr. Jarokoski said by Ihe questions raised by producers, he fell they were interested in finding out how they should their own operations to tet expand them. Hog prices reached all time highs in 19T2 aid are expwted to Huge sales of producis to Japan from Mani- toba jeit a void in tho supply which could be fiL'eJ by Alberta producers. Tbi? combined with e market research and develop- ment by Ihe Alberta govern- ment mean good prices for this year, said Mr. He with added reseaich into air freighting animals and processed meat products throusbcHit the world, hog pro- ducers in Canada could be in a prir.ie position to expand their production and still sell Ihe extra meat at a high price. Dollars and cent! is what it is all about. Mareks vaccine benefittiug poidtry producers Enthusiastic reports from eg2 producers in icatfered areas erf the cour.iry abcut the benefits of Marekj? vaccine have been re- ceived. The vaccine Introduced fa Carnda in Xoveinbtr. 1970, to help tho'7 fiocks from Mareks. the num- !-er oro Since that a luJh pcicentatre of C.-r-iriiaii trying flocks Veor, VEc-cir.aiM. The furrpy has si own Hint vacclix1 ilie mortai- i'y ralo in boLh lh-3 Lir.d i-'iapcs and bcreases ihe s" rate ot egg production. ol tlie tho eifoc; OP mortalilf rate is un indica- ;on Uiat it also helps ott- er poulLry diseases. The survey coverwi 1S4 vac- cinated commercial flocks, in- voking about 1.3 birds five per cei'. of the national laying flock. F'ocks sunvyed isrged from to 70.000 in site and up to IS mo-ihs in agi1. For crmparison. d-.tj was collcete-i from the sr.r.io who had accurate hlxiut ihcir two previous, non vaccinated Hocks. There wore differences in per- formance l-otwcon vaccinated flocks, but they were only in tho decree whicli the vaccine boosted egp production and re- ducod monnliiy. In the growing stage (up to five months of vaccina- tion reduced the mortality rate from about 13 per cent to about four per cent on a national av- erage. The survey also Indies.Oil that, in all provinces, vaccina- tion reduced the mortally r.ve durine the first half of tlie egs layijig period, wiih the average doclining from 2.3 per ceiu to one por ceat lay 113 r.ior- tality por month. Tho study showed (hst IV.1 I'.so of the vaccine resulted in sub- stantially increased ?gg produc- tion. Allhcuch lr.rt-e wc-e variations the highest and lowest fleck rate of lay wis 95 to 70 per re- spectively Tho average peak of lay for all flocks surveyed v as 86 per cent, an of sliglitly more than six per cent over non-vaccinated fl-icks, Poultry of i icers 5 sy that, from a gar.ctic point, poultry strains have nad the potential for higher ege pro- but the rate of Icy i-j V.x pa5; by ihe Tlie of vaccina'b.ii flecks against Mareks disease likely would Lx1 more thai recovered by the resulting Ivnefits. they add. A higher production rate me-r.s that birds ire re- quired to ir.ee; pn-xiuciion tar- gets, and Uiis in turn ne'.r.s less toial feed, required 'or egg production. Br.fed on ih.s pre- liminnrj- survey, it is climated that Canada will require at least 10 per cent loss liens in 1973 compared to Lbc number boused in 1972. Tlie sa'e of DES 05 a prcmctir.s drug for livestock became illeeal in Canada Jan. 1. The decision to withdraw DES far liu's purpose was made last year by the federal govern- ment aner it had carefully ex- amined all available informa- tion and consulted with a com- mivtee of nicdicsl expert. of the Albert a De- partment of Agriculture's feed- er associciions. Ken Dalies, forsees certain problems aris- ing Li the immcciaio future. They include ?ueh ihine? 05 feeders According io Mr. :es. if any residues are found officials of the heciih tic-n of uc of national health and '.veliare Kart every effort will be made- 10 U-ace their ori- gin, and to establish v. nether tths a vic'-m o Icir- cumstanc-et or vbether he was negligent. So far there has b-c-en no of- ficial directorate statin e wlx-n regular checking for DES resi- dues ft-iil coriinier.ee. It could start immediately or in six monibs time. If negligence is proved, the feeler or feedlot operator could bo fined up to receive a three-itiontti jail sentence, or both for a first offence. If he is found to have been more than negligent, he could be liable for a 55.000 flue cc a three-year jail sentence. Al- though it is not anticipated that these measures will have to be used, they are there to enforce the regulations that were drawn up to the health of the public. Mr. says there are three aUi-rnsiivftg to uS'ng DES. Orto is to feed the males as bulls. A second is to Syiwex S r.he third is :o use Ralgro Rnlcro i? n crowih stimularinc made from com moid is now regisicri-d in the S'r.'.es and expected 10 bo available in Canada e.irly this Research workers a: Mel-fort, n-tmr.irod the enias obuiined from DES, S. and to 600-pound CharolaLs Anjnis steors Refills wore pounds per d.ir for DES; 3.2 pounds per dny for Rolgro and 3.14 pounds per day for Sjnoves S. ;