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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - July 2, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta S - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Friday, July 2, 1971 Agli - BUSineSS NeWS - - Alberta farming, ranching, dairy, poultry April, May, June most active Skunks cause rabies concern The number of reported positive cases of rabies in Alberta has declined significantly in the last four or five months, said Dale Alsager, co - ordinate* of the provincial vector control program. Mr. Alsager said this decrease is contrary to what one would expect at this time of year. When rabies are present in skunks, the number of cases usually increase considerably during April, May and June because skunks are very active at this time of year and because during the mating season in late February and early March, a great deal of fighting and biting occurs. Mr. Alsager credits the work done by the pest control and fish and wildlife officers, who have become experts in skunk control techniques, and the farming population along the Alberta - Saskatchewan border with having played a large part in the decline in rabies in Alberta. He said these officials contacted almost all the land owners along the border early this spring with the farmers contributing greatly to the success of the skunk control program. This co - operation resulted in a substantial number of skunks being eliminated along the border, he said, however, it is important that we all realize that the skunk still presents a potential hazard. We still depend upon the land owners in these areas to keep track of skunk movements on their property. Rabies has repeatedly been demonstrated to be a "density-dependent" disease, which means its prevalence is directly related to the density of the susceptible host. Skunk rabies is rarely passed on to foxes and vice versa. It is very uncommon to find rabies in badgers, mink or weasels. Skunk rabies falls into two broad categories. One is the paralytic type of rabies where paralysis starts in the hindlegs of the animal and progresses up through its body. The other is the furious type of rabies which is the most common in Alberta. Here the infected animal becomes vicious and aggressive. In the initial stages, a rabid skunk is usually lethargic, becoming aggressive when disturbed. The animal's ability to scent Is usually inhibited and it tends to be active during the day as well as at night. Once established, rabies generally remains in the skunk population in a local area for "Head, Heart, Hands Health" LETHBRIDGE The Lethbridge Green Acres 4-H Dairy Club held its last meeting, marking the end of one of the oldest clubs in the province. Several motions were passed, Including: all club debts be paid; present members be reimbursed for the work they have done this club year; a gift be bought for our leader, Mr, Handsaeme to show our appreciation - for tiie time and help be has given the club member; and to thank all our sponsors and trophy donors for their wonderful support. Members will try to get others interested in forming a Green Acres 4-H Multi Club in the fall. This club could include dairy, tractor, automotives, or any other combination of projects that future members would prefer. CLUB REPORTER- Mark Handsaeme RAYMOND The monthly meeting of the Raymond 4-H Beef Club was held June 9, at the Raymond High School. The meeting was called to order by club president Theresa Kaupp. Roll call was taken by each member giving the length of their calf's ears, and the distance between it's eyes. Reg Paxman gave a report on the calf tour which was held June 5. Most of the calves could use slightly more attention than what they have been receiving. New business was then discussed. It was decided that a float will be entered in the July 1 parade at Raymond. Plans for Achievement Day were discussed. A number of them will be BOILED LINSEED OIL With your 9 dQ container. Per Gal. FREDDIE'S PAINT (WESTERN) LTD. 816 3rd Ave. S. PHONE 327.5540 finalized -at the last meeting which will be held July 5, Club crests were handed out to the new members. CLUB REPORTER- Annemarie Schefter. TIMBER TRAILS The Timber Trails 4-H club held their Achievement Day May 22 in the Cowley Community Hall. The program was opened by President Nancy Grayford with the singing of 0'Canada and the reciting of the 4-H pledge. The leaders of the club were then presented with corsages. Resumo of the year's activities was read by Secretary Donna White. The girls then sang several selections accompanied by pianist Mrs. Buries. The first year girls modelled their garments, narrations given by Donna White and Jacqueline Buries. The Pee - Wees displayed some of their work. Mrs. Marr, the judge, congratulated the girls on their achievements. She then briefly commented on the scoring system. Mrs. Rankin awarded small tokens to the various girls in the club. Christine Lank was the efficiency winner for the older group while Lee White was the efficiency winner for the Pee-Wees. The program concluded with the singing of the 4-H Grace and God Save The Queen. A film on nutrition was shown. Then the girls of the club served lunch. The next day the Beef club had their tour. The club was honored by having the Edwin Hochstein family participate in the tour. The members started their tour at Pete Maloffs then on to Mowats, Douglas, Hewitts, and to RanMns at noon where a picnic lunch by Tod Creek was enjoyed. Mr. Hochstein briefly described how to groom, trim, and show calves. The tour then continued on to Dwyers and Glens where the members enjoyed a lunch and a ball game. CLUB REPORTER Donna Murphy CANADIAN COWBOYS. Join the adventures of Canadian cowboy* as they tangle with the problems of a cattle drive In Saskatchewan. Getting cattle to market the traditional way is a fast-fading part of western life. Soon trucks will do all the moving. But this Saturday In Weekend Magazine, ee the photostory that shows the pleasures and problems of one of the west's last cattle drives. IN YOUR LETHBRIDGE HERALD WEEKEND MAGAZINE THINGS to make things EASIER HERE ARE SOME OF THE ITEMS AVAILABLE: Air Compressors, Air Conditioners, Air Mattresses, Roll-away Cots, Vibrator Belt, Bicycles, Bolt Cutters, Car Stands, Car Top Carrier, Cement Mixers, Stacking Chairs; Coffee Urns, Crow Bars, Dishes, Drills, Exercise Bike, Flame Thrower, Glassware, Hammer Drill, Appliance Trucks, Hedge Trim-hers. Hoist and Crane, Hyd Jack, Ladders, ,Lawn Mowers, Lawn Trimmers ond Edgers, Post Hole Augers, Gear Puller, Sump Pumps, Roto Tillers, Rug Shampooer, Sanders, Electric Saws, Silverware, Staplers, Seed Spreaders, Tents, Tow Bars, Sleeping Bags, Trailer Hitches, Utility Trailer, etc. For your RENTAL NEEDS call WARDS SERVICES LTD. 1712 2nd Avenue S. Phone 328-8775 several years. Circumstantial evidence indicates that rabies may be transmitted through the air in the den, via the mother's milk to her offspring or by ingested infected tissue; but biting is the main form of transmission. Rabies appears to be perpetuated in female skunks more than in males because the former share dens more frequently, and probably fight more among themselves than the males. Although the average incubation period for rabies is 30 to 60 days, it can vary from 10 to 240 days. Healthy skunks are usually docile animals, and will try to escape if approached, Mr. Alsager said. However, if they are cornered they will arch their back, elevate their tail, stamp the ground with their front feet and shuffle backwards while discharging their scent. canaoa wmcuiTum LETHBRIDGE RESEARCH STATION Alfalfa sickness a problem DR. E. J. HAWN, Pathologist Alfalfa is no longer a consistently high yielding forage crop in certain areas of central Alberta. Growth in affected fields is generally poor except for small patches scattered throughout the field. The affected plants are short, spindly, yellowish-green in color, and poorly nodulated. Most of the affected fields examined to date have been on dark gray or gray wooded soils. The soils from these fields usually have been acid, sandy loam in texture, and from the area west and southwest of Edmonton. However, a survey made during the summer of 1970 showed that 'sick' alfalfa stands are present in a large area extending from Rocky Mountain House in the southwest to Bon-nyville and Fort Vermilion in the north. It is not yet possible to estimate how large an acreage in Albeila is affected by alfalfa 'sickness,' but it is believed that about 500,000 acres of pure and mixed stands of alfalfa are being grown on susceptible soils. Dr. G. R. Webster, of the soil science department, University of Alberta, has shown that the disease is not a nutritional one, nor is it caused by moisture deficiency. There is good evidence, however, that "sick' soils contain toxic materials of biological origin that are responsible for the poor growth. Dr. J. D. McElgunn, a plant physiologist with the CDA Research Station, Swift Current, Saskatchewan, is investigating the composition of extracts made from 'sick' soil and determining their potential for in- ducing symptoms of alfalfa 'sickness" in so - called healthy soils. The CDA Research Station at Lethbridge became involved in the problem in 1970 when a tiny nematode (called Paratylen-chus projectus) was discovered in the root zone of the stunted plants. This nematode is parasitic On alfalfa and some 88 other species of plants. Among these are oats, bromegrass, red fescue, barley, rye, wheat, white sweet clover, red clover, and ladino white clover At Lethbridge we will study the nematological and plant pathological aspects of the problem. Our first objective will be to determine the possible role of the nematode, in the initiation and development of alfalfa 'sickness.' Control of the problem will depend on the results of research currently in progress. Should the nematode prove to be the principal cause, then appropriate cultural practices can be recommended to control the condition until our plant breeders can incorporate nematode resistance into an alfalfa variety suited to the area. If fungi and-or bacteria alone, or in combination with the nematode, are found to be the cause, then control may be more difficult to obtain. MACHINERY ON PARADE - A total of 2,300 Alberta and British Columbia implement dealers and key farmers, including 425 from Southern Alberta, attended the International Harvester Company implement show in the Edmonton Jubilee Auditorium recently. Organizers said it was the largest show of its type in Canada. In the background is one of the dormatories on the campus of the University of Alberta. �-"TV!' Farm net increases predicted for 1971 By RIC SWIHART Farm Writer EDMONTON - The agricul-ture business will improve with 1971 and farm net incomes-will increase, said C. J. Munro, general sales manager for International Harvester Company. Addressing 2,300 farm implement dealers and key farmers from Alberta and British Columbia at the Edmonton Jubilee Auditorium this week, Mr. Munro said the diversification of farm incomes will mean an improved picture for the agricultural industry. "Agriculture is a dynamic industry, responsible for bringing foreign money into Canada and providing secondary employment through its primary produce," he said. "World markets are being de-velooed which will bring the proper return to the farmer for the tremendous investments necessary in farming." He said the percentage return on invested capital for the average farmer was the third lowest of 30 industries tested AIA convention The 25th annual meeting of the Alberta Institute of Agrolo-gists will be held in Lethbridge Saturday at Ericksen's Family Restaurant. With nearly 750 agrologists in seven branches throughout the province, major AIA activ- HIGH PRICED ANIMALS - Two purebred Sim-mental bulls, Pacific, top, purchased by American Breeder's Service of Canada Ltd. for $175,000 and Petunia, purchased by Canadian Beef Sires for $130,-000, brought record Canadian prices for the Canada department of agriculture at Lacombe recently, Canadian Beef Sires is a company formed by three organizations: United Breeders' Inc., Guelph, Ontario; Eastern Breeders' Inc., Kempville, Ont.; and Western Breeder's Ltd., Balzac, Alberta. Standing with Pacific are, left to right, Dr. R. E. Walton, president _ of ABS, J. H. Clark, regional sales manager, ABS, ' Don Pelkay, general sales manager, ABS. With Petunia are, left to right, Gordon DeLair, assistant manager, Western Breeders Ltd., Dr. R. G. Smiley, manager, Eastern Breeders, Doug Blair, manager, Western Breeders, Dr. R. J. MacDonald, manager, Western Ontario Breeders Inc., Woodstock, Ontario. ity during the past year has been the preparation of an informational brochure and a handbook on environmental quality. The brochure, with 20,000 copies off the press this week, tells how the agricultural industry uses 'land resources in the production of food and fibre, what, has been done to preserve the environment, and what needs to be done to assure the future public welfare. It is AIA policy to be concerned with the general well being of the public and this brochure, along with the handbook, are being published as a service to society. Charles A. Cheshire of Edmonton will succeed Alex L. Metcalfe of Calgary as president of AIA. but the devel oping markets  should help to alleviate this problem. "When the farm business is off, our implement manufacturing industry is off. You just can't separate any segment of agriculture today because all parts depend on the success of each other," he said. "Many parts of the agricultural industry find it hard to get capital for expansion and research and this has been a hampering factor in many instances." STUDENTS 18 - 24 TRAVEL CANADA FOR $50 Bus, Meals, Accomodation July 20 - Aug. 18 AUGUR - Phone 328-7144 BENEFITS AVAILABLE AT NO EXTRA COST 1. A HARVESTING EXPENSE ALLOWANCE will be paid where losses exceed 70%. 2. FIRE COVERAGE on insured crops is included at no extra cost. 3. COVERAGE OF $30 PER ACRE in all rate areas. INSURE WITH CONFIDENCE The Corporation has a record of 33 years of service to Alberta farmers, and handles 75% of Alberta's hail insurance. REFUNDS TO ALL POLICYHOLDERS In the last two years a 25% premium refund was paid to all policyholders without a claim -10% to those with claims. Don't Wait! Hail Doesn't. It costs no more to insure now and get extra weeks of protection. The new STABILIZATION PLAN does not replace the need for crop protection. BEST WEAPON IN BATTLE AGAINST OVERWEIGHT Have you ever stopped to con* sider the real value of your bathroom scales in your weight reduction or weight maintenance problem? Reader's Digest July issue reports on this simple device found in most homes and tells you the secret of how doctors use it in the control of their patients' weight. Read the three-point plan in' this timely article. Follow these points and youll take off pounds - and keep 'em off. Get your July Reader's Digest today. THE ALBERTA HAIL & CROP INSURANCE CORPORATION INSURE TODAY - SEE OUR HAIL AGENT NOW! WARREN INSURANCE AGENCIES Picture Butts Ph. 732-4550 KREEFT AGENCIES LTD. Bow Island, Alta. Bow Island Ph. 545-2252 J. A. BUCHAN Insurance Agency Champion, Alta. Phone: 897-3747, 897-3758 LARRY C. SMITH C/O ALBERTA WHEAT POOL ELEVATOR Lethbridge, Alta. BOB ROBERTS UNITED GRAIN GROWERS Burden, Alberta Day Phone: 833-3757 Night Phone: 833-3739 WARREN-PORTER AGENCIES Vauxhall, Alta. Phone 645-2512 CO-OPERATIVE Insurance Service 1265 3rd Avenue South Phones 328-5088 - 328-7811 RUSSELL BOYDEN 1210 13th Street South Phones Bus: 327-9177 Res: 327-6074 ;