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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 29, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Woe�c& 10 - THE IETHBK1DGE HERAVD - Friday, January 29, 1971 'llc>rald LETHBRIDGE RESEARCH STATION Better laying results Chicks take to dim light By C. S. CLARK. Regional Poultry Specialist Conserve trash on fallow D. T. ANDERSON, Agricultural Engineer Trash covers for control of soil erosion last lungers when chemicals are substituted for tillage in a summer-fallowing program. Resistance to soil erosion by wind is related to the quantity of trash on the soil and to the positioning of the material. Trash provides greater protection when it is upright than when it is flat. Various chemical and cultivation practices can be rated for soil erosion protection on the basis of quan tity and position of the trash. At the Lethbridge Research Station we measured the amount of spring wheat trash after harvest, during the fallow season, and before preparing the seedbed in the spring. Four different summer fallowing methods were studied. Where chemicals were used to control weeds and no cultivation was done, 90 per cent of the original weight of stubble and straw was conserved. Furthermore, Ihe stubble remain ed upright and maximum pro tection from soil erosion by wind was obtained. Where chemicals were used in the spring and fall to control broad-leaf weeds and a wide-blade cultivator was used to kill those weeds that were resistant to herbicides such as 2,4-D, about 65 per cent of the trash remained. Most of the stubble remained upright. Where chemicals were used and the fallow was cultivated once with a one-way disc, only 30 per cent of the trash was conserved. The loss resulted from the tillage operation and from winter weathering. The trash was flattened and gave poor wind protection. Where only a wide-blade cultivator was used for weed control, four to five tillage operations were required, and 65 to 75 per cent of the original trash remained. Weathering during the winters preceding and following the fallow season each reduced the trash by an additional 10 per cent; hence only 45 to 55 per cent of the original trash was conserved. The trash cover was usually flattened by the four or more operations required to control the weeds. The chemical fallowing with no cultivation conserved the most trash and provided the best protection. Tillage with a wide-blade cultivator combined with the application of chemicals for weed control rated second. Cultivations with the wide-blade cultivator conserved the trash reasonably well but, because of the number of operations required for weed control, the trash was flattened and the practice must be rated third. One cultivation with a one-way disc and the application of a herbicide gave the poorest protection against erosion on fallow land. Dr. D. B. Bragg at the University of Maryland points out Reed Hansen, associate poul- ScLSn^ff iJS^^L'SS trv scientist nl Washineton P'clunS ln tne laying pen and State Universitv sS? that cannibaUsm T growing pullets ritirim!. �T aT1 broilers. It holds pullets toft hT �� ^to prb- ff'MSSJhf3^p ^ duction at 22 weks of aee layg k s coo ongnt. more eggs and larger eggs dur- Controlling light duration and ing her production cycle than intensity is an important ele- one who matures too early or ment in the efficient production is too fat. of poultry products. Poultrymen in any lighting system spac have been supplementing natural light for years and more recently they have learned that by excluding nearly all natural light they have a better control of both light intensity or brightness and duration of the photoperiod (length of time the light is on) There are two degrees of natural light control, "Brownout," allowing some light infiltration where controlling inten Eggs sold by weight ing between bulbs and location of strings of lights are important. No part of the building must be in shadow and prefer ably the strings of lights must be located over the feed troughs, or between the rows of cages in laying barns equipped with stair - step cages. Spacing between the bulbs must be one and one half times the height above the feed trough. Dr. Trevor Morris, University of Reading, England reports the results of an experiment on the effect of light intensities on egg production. Footcandles Eggs per pullet to (at feed trough) 500 days of age Benson proposes costly farm change Packer asks federal funds for cow hide research federal funds could be well spent financing research to find more valuable uses for cow hides, according to A. J. E. Childs, president of Burns Foods Ltd. "Meat packers arc in the same position as the farmer who decides to sell his own hides, as packers do not use the hides, but rather sell them to hide dealers." There is a world market for hides so they usually end up at warehouses in Toronto, Mont- real and sometimes Vancouver. From these warehouses they may go anywhere in Canada or anywhere in the world. Mr. Child said, hides are a standard world commodity and there are standard grades. "Hide prices are world prices, set by world supply and demand, not by the situation in Canada." Hide prices are quoted daily in the Wall Street Journal (and similar publications) according to grade. Eggs are actually sold by weight. Large eggs are ones weigh ing a minimum of 24 ounces sity is the objective and "light- per dozen; medium are ones controlled," where virtually all weighing a minimum 21 ounces light must be excluded to short- per dozen and small eggs are en the photoperiod. ones weighing a minimum 18 The "brown - out" system is ounces per dozen sufficient to obtain low inten- if Grade A medium eggs are sity for control of cannibalism one eighth less in price per in broiler chicken and broiler dozen than A large, and A turkey house, the pullet brooder small are one quarter less up to eight weeks of age and they are actually all the same in the laying houses. It will also price, ounce for ounce, permit decreasing intensity for maximum efficiency as broilers grow. Complete "light - control" is necessary to obtain the physiological effect of changing the length of the photoperiod. Maturity of growing pullets will be delayed and later egg production maximized if 14 to 16 hours of light at eight weeks is gradually reduced to eight hours at twenty weeks. In the Changes in the method of delaying house, a constant 16 to preciating farm buildings and 16% hours and the brown - out machinery, proposed by the fed-system with low intensity works eral mmister of finance in his well; or a step - up system wnjte paper m taxation, would starting at 12 hours when pullet resuit m farmers having to pay is twenty weeks old and grad- more income tax. ually increasing by 15 minute w. M. Bayda of the Alberta increments each week until a department of agriculture ex-maximum of 17 hours is reach- piams that at the present time ed by the fortieth week, is pre- farm buildings and machinery ferred by some experts. v are depreciated by the straight line method. If the proposed change is adopted they would be depreciated by the diminishing balance method, now used by other businesses Under the straight line method wooden farm buildings are depreciated at five per cent of their original cost in equal amounts over 20 years. As a general rule, farm machinery without a motor is depreciat ''In mid-December, the U.S. ed at 10 per cent of its original price range f.o.b. Omaha was cost over a 10 year period. Mo-16 cents a pound for unbranded torized farm machinery is delight native cow hides (packer predated at 15 per cent over productions) down to eight 6% years cents for country slaughtered With this method the amount hides. Country hides f.o.b. Cal- of depreciation claimed each gary would be slightly below year on machinery is usually this. greater than the machines ac- "These prices, said Mr. tual loss in value. Hence, after Child, would be reduced furth- having been fully depreciated er if there were knife cuts and the same machine may be sold grub damage. The ultimate or traded-in for a fairly sub' value of a hide is the amount stantial sum. For example, the of usable leather in it." owner of a fully depreciated 0.01 0.02 0.02 0.08 0.11 0.16 0.35 0.54 0,81 208 221 223 222 223 231 233 240 239 No increase in egg produc tion was noted in going over the 0.54 footcandles to 1.0 footcandles light intensity. As I pointed out at the beginning of this article, if it is light enough in your poultry house to read the headlines it's too bright! 4-H news from southern Alberta MCNALLY The fifth meeting of the Mc-lally Tailor Tacks was held an. 8. The meeting was called to >rdcr by Vice-President Cheryl Luco and the pledge was led by Cathy Murray and Bev Kraush-er. Roll call was to bring a sample of material and'tell what it was. We made plans to make our nest meeting a pot luck supper, and hold it one of the leaders homes. Mothers could attend. .Anna Boulten gave a talk on My Project Book and Brenda Boulten gave a talk on Noise Pollution. Susan Harker did a demonstration on basting and Patricia Patching and Bev Krausher did a demonstration on table manners. The talks and demonstration were introduced by Cathy Murray and thanked by Pat Lengyel. BEV KRAUSHER -reporter GRASSY LAKE On Jan. 4, the Grassy Lake 4-H Beef club held its meeting in the Chamberlain School at Grassy Lake. The meeting was brought to order by President Betty Ra- chue. The minutes of the previous meeting were read by the secretary, Van Matz. The president read the business letters. They held a discussion on this year's public speaking contest. Rose Anne and Lloyd Sziglii each made an impromptu speech. Geri Knibbs gave a short summary on preparing a speech. ROBERTA RAC1IUE, TERRV MATZ-reporters DEL BON IT A The monthly meeting of the Del Bonita Sew and Sew club was held Jan. 2. Sprinklers boost Production! Are you in the livestock or dairy business? Or have you suitable land - and a market - for alfalfa or other forage crops? Do you have access to> surplus water? To ensure greater productivity, use sprinkler irrigation! Sprinkler irrigated pastures cart provide increased beef production on the same acreage. It can double your yield of alfalfa. It conserves water and soil. Sprinkler irrigation can provide moisture where other methods cannot, For further information, mail this coupon - Our Agricultural Sales Repre* sentative will be pleased to assist you. 1 would like further information on Sprinkler Irrigation. ADDRESS_____________________........PHONE ,........ To: Calgary Power Ltd., P.O. Box 1900, Calgary 2. O'Canada was sung and the pledge was said. The minutes and correspondence were read. We discussed the quilt we raffled off Dec. 23. The topic of changing the length of meetings was raised, but nothing conclusive was decided. Project books were worked on and the meeting was adjourned for dinner. After dinner, a debate was held on the fashions of shoes and dresses. We then worked on sewing projects'. The meeting was adjourned. PAT BOWEN-reporter $10,000 tractor might receive $4,000 trade - in on a new $10,' 000 tractor. In this case he would actually have to pay only $6,000 for the new tractor, but under the present depreciation method he would be allow ed to claim depreciation on the full $10,000 during the following 7 years. Under the proposed diminishing balance method of depreciation, however, he would be allowed to depreciate only the $6,000 which he actually paid for the new tractor. Similarly, if a fully depreciated tractor was sold for $4,000, the money would have to be included in his current income. Although diminishing balance depreciation rates are usually double those used in the straight lino method (10 per cent instead of 5 per cent for wooden buildings, 20 per cent instead of 10 for machinery without a motor and 30 per cent instead of 15 for motorized machinery) the actual depreciation is calculated each year on the value that is left after the previous year's depreciation has been deducted. For example, the depreciation allowed in the first year on a $10,000 tractor would be $3,000 ( 30 per cent of $10,000). The second year it would be only $2,000 (30 per cent of $7,000). In other words, the amount of depreciation that can be claimed diminishes each year. The net effect of changing from the diminishing balance to the straight line method of depreciation, says Mr. Bayda, would undoubtedly, be that farmers would buy less machinery. The smaller farmer who used to buy second hand mach inery would no longer be able to get it, and so his production costs would go up. Tiie fact that the bigger farmer will be in clined to "make do" with the machinery he has on hand will inevitably slow up the introduction of innovations, thereby de-creas i n g agricultural production efficiency. CALGARY POWER CftM-71 Agri-business calendar January 20-Lethbridge- Whoop-Up Saddle box lunch and dance February 1 - Lomond - Agricultural and hornemaking short course February 1-3 - Banff - Western stock growers' convention February 1-5 - Taber - Rural welding clinic February 1-5 - Pincher Creek - Business analysis workshops February 2 - Vulcan - Agricultural and homemaking short course February 2-4 - Moses Lake - Washington potato conference February 3 - Lethbridge - Sugar beet growers annual meeting February 3 - Picture Butte - Baler school February 3 - Arrowwood - Agricultural and homemaking short course February 4 - Etzikom -� Baker school February 8-12 -� Claresholm - Rural welding clinic February 8-9 - Calgary - Meat packers council of Canada annual meeting February 9 - Picture Butte - Potato storage day February 11-12 - Lethbridge - Fresh vegetable growers annual meeting February 12 - Cardston - A.I. annual meeting February 14-1!) - Banff - Agricultural policy issues conference February 15 - Fort. Macleod - Swine management series commences February 16 - Magratli - Baler 6chool February 17 - Coaldale - Baler school February 18 - Taber - Baler school February 22-26 - Lomond - Rural welding clinic February 17 - Foremost - Feedlot management program February 25 - Lethbridge - Southern Alberta swine producers annual meeting February 26 - Cardston - Sheep health school February 26 - Bow Island - Grain corn production day SATURDAY SPECTACULAR LIMITED QUANTITIES - SHOP EARLY! SAVE 2.63 to 13.95 LADIES' NYLON SKI JACKETS Assorted colors. Sizes 10 to 18 and S.M.I. (Incomplete size range.) Reg. Woetco Price C1C 18.63 to 29.95. SALE �9 1 O ladies' Wear IMPERIAL .22 CAL. LONG RIFLE CARTRIDGES 50 to a box. Reg. Woolco QQ Price 1.15. SAIE >00 Sporting Good* SAVE .45 to 3.92 ASSORTMENT OF IMPORTED TOYS Selection includes pull toys, battery operated and more. Reg. Woolco Price 1.37 to 9.78 sale -92 to 5.86 Toy. Dept. SAVE 39.99 T0NI SAILOR SKIS Clearance of sizes 205 cm to 215 cm. Reg. Woolco QQ QQ Price 79.97. SPECIAL G*.�0 Sporting Goods SAVE .40 REEVES SPECIAL ART SETS Includes oil pastels, tempodisc water colors, sketch pad and brush. Reg. Woolco 4 JQ Price 1.89. SAIE letO Paint Dept. SAVE 32.08 MINOLTA ELECTRIC SHOT CAMERAS The easy to use automatic 35 m.m. camera. Reg. Woolco C7 AO Price 89.96. SALE 9 1 mOO Camera Dept. SAVE 9.83 LADIES' AFTER-SKI JACKETS Imitation spotted seal ond pony-tail fabric. Sizes 10 to 18. Reg. Woolco C1C Price 24.83. SALE �9 1 9 ladies' Wear SAVE 89 ASSORTED PICTURES White or Gold wooden frame. Reg. Woolco 4 AQ Price 2.88. sale 1 e99 Picture Dept. SAVE $2 STUDENT GUITARS Steel reinforced neck. Two stylet to choose from. Reg. Woolco ?1 Q Price $21. SALE 9 1 O Stationery Dept. FEATHER FLOWERS Assorted colors, long Green feather stems. Reg. Woolco Price $1. SALE  � � Hardware Dept. TIME SPECIALS SATURDAY 10 A.M. SPECIAL (ONE HOUR ONLY) AQUARIUMS SATURDAY 2 P.M. SPECIAL (ONE HOUR ONLY) LADIES' NYLON SKI JACKETS 10'/4 gallon aquarium Reg. Woolco Price $14. SALE Pet Dept. SAVE 2.53 to 2.75 LADIES DRESS AND CASUAL SHOES CLEARANCE Assorted styles end colors. Incomplete size range. Reg. Woolco Price 4.97 to 10.97 SAIE 2.22 . 8.44 Shoe Dept. SAVE 1.20 CHILDREN'S SNOWMOBILE BOOTS Draw-string front. Sizes 5 to 13 and 1 to 2. Reg. Woolco A Price 5.97. sale Hill Shoe Dept. SAVE 2.89 MEN'S ASSORTED CORDUROY JACKETS Assorted styles. Pile and quilt linings. Sizes 36 to 44. (Not in all styles.) Reg. Woolco Price 14.88 to 24.88 sale 11.99 to 19.99 Men's Wear Pile lined. Assorted colors. Sizes S.M. (Incomplete size range.) Reg. Woolco Price 14.83. SALE Ladies' Wear SAVE 4.46 PERCOLATORS 12 to 36 cups. Harvest Gold, Avocado Green, Poppy Red. Reg. Woolco 4 Q 4 Q Price 22.95. SAIE I 0.*ff9 Appliance Dept. SAVE 1.53 to 2.97 MEN'S ASSORTED DRESS AND CASUAL SHOES leather or suede. Black, Brown, Tan. Incomplete size range. Reg. Woolco Price 8.97 to 21.97 SAIE 7.44 ,.$18 Shoe Dept. SAVE 1.98 MEN'S LONG SLEEVE SPORT SHIRTS Permanent press. Assorted colors and prints. Sizes S.M.L.XL. Reg. Woolco Price 5.97. SALE Men's Wear 3.99 ADJUSTOPEDIC MATTRESS UNTIL SATURDAY ONLY! Shop now at drastically reduced prices while they last Phone Orders Accepted. Phone 328*7701. m Open Monday and Tuesday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ;