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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 11, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta _________ Tuesday, July 11, 1972 THE LETHBKIDGE HERALD 15 Feeding is key to successful dairy operation liy MAR1KA DERHAK Free Press Weekly "Foaling is Ihe key to a suc- cessful dairy says dairyman Yves Kerbrat. He told the FPW during an en the farm interview, "If you have good cows and you are not afraid to dump feed in front of them you get il back in the bucket." Mr. Kerbrat has been in the dairy business in the Inter- Lake district of Manitoba since 1M9. When he first started ship- ping milk his quota was pounds a month and his first cheque was Today his quota is pounds every two days. Out of 110 head of cattle, 50 are dairy cows and the rest are heifers. Every fall he sells five to ten replacement heifers to other dairymen. "Because of the good herd average I have, the demand is very good and I get a good price for my heif- Mr. Kerbrat said. In 1971 basic herd average was pounds of milk with COO pounds butterial. Half of the herd is on DIIIA, and test out at pounds and the owner sample was pounds. The herd is primarily heif- ers, 31 of them range from two to three years old lower the age average of the total herd to 4.2 years. "We are definitely switching to a younger Mr. Ker- brat said. "I feel there is less trouble with lighter producers and they will stand longer in the herd." Five of the older cows in the herd produced over pounds. Last year the top milk- er produced pounds. Generally calves of high pro- ducing cows maintain high pro- duction. The cow has consider- able influence on performance of calves as docs the bull, Mr. Kerbrat said. He felt he has been very lucky in buying good bulls. He has made purchases from George Gobcrt, St. Vital, G and New meat outlet has cuts to order A meal shop operated by llic aulhor of a cookbook and cook- ing jnaiiuel will soon afford Lethbridee housewives an op- portunity of buying choice meat and getting friendly pre- paration tips thrown in on the side. Ranchland Meals, owned and managed by Don Bead, will bogin operations Ihe middle of July in Westminster Plaza in a square foot shop which will for.lure western decor. With an expected permanent Staff of three girls and. two olher men, Ihe store will fea- ture over the coiuiier meat sales specializing in cut-to- order selling. Home freezer sale and cus- tom cutting and wrapping will be other functions of the store. Using an eight foot by 14- foot walk-in cooler and a six- foot by eight-fooi walk-in freez- er for sloiT'ga space, Mr. Read will ke-ep 3S feet of service meat display cases busy. Also, he will operate an eight- foot self-serve freezer. All the red meat sold in the .store will be cut-to-ordcr, with some duck, geese and fish Ihe only products to be prepackag- ed and frozen. lie will feature smoked and limc-hcon rn.er.-t loaves and beef, pork, veal and hvmb. Prior to coming lo LeUitjridge, Mr. Read was director of meat operation for all co-operatives in Canada, responsible for 418 stores. He had buyers and sup- ervisors responsible to him. lie has prepared a special mnuuel for projKjr cooking dir- ections and times for all types ami sizes of cuts of meat. He has done cutabilily and yield factor tests and lias been invil- ed lo speak at many important agricultural functions. He has done meat culling and cooking demonstrations for women's groups and expressed a wiILuigneFS 1 o demonstratc for groups in Lethbridge and district. With live children, lie and his wife "fell in love with Loth- bridge" while attending the Canadian Cattlemen's Associa- tion seminar last year. He was a guest speaker at the time. An active community man, Mr. Read has been on the exec- utive of the Club in Edmonton, the Edmon- ton Exhibition Association and was a of the advisory board lo the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, WRENTIIAM The meeting was held in the Wrentham School, June 5. The club discussed making a float and preparing decorations for it. George Edwards supplied the flat-deck. On June 10, the 1-TI float won first prize in the Wrentham parade. The clothing clubs Achieve- ment Dny was held on June 21 at 7 p.m. in the Wrentham School. Mi's. Rolpson and her dough- Its- were judges. The 4-H club held a picnic at Chin Lake June 1G. CLUB REPORTER Susan Mackenzie s MiTH EPTEC ERViCE PUMPING SFPTIC TANKS SUMPS OIL EPIUS, elc. III-WAY 3 EAST LETHBRIDGE, AITA. "No Sales Tax" in Iliese prices FARM SPECIAL Uv 50 pmpi. G.P.54C. 14 mo. won......... 1J.9S Ex. 4v 1 IS ompi. G. P. 1 36 mo. war.........J tr. I2v 70 omps. P.P. 24c. 36 mo. war.........J 12v 110 amps. G.P. 60 mo. war.........26 95 LETHBRIDGE BATTERY CO. 217 12th St. 'B' South Phone 327-5587 Dbrribufori of HART GLOBELITE DELCO H. Krebs. Bc'DiiEcjciir and Leo Carrier, Ollei'burnc, nil Mani- toba dairymen. One of these bulls produced heifers in two years, 21 arc sail in the milking herd tod ay. His present bull, two-year- old Orchard Security Jac, was purchased from'Glann W. Atkinson, Schomberg, (Mario. His sires of excellent and superior type blood Hue. Some of their forebsarers sold lor as much as A rangy bull, Orchard Vale Security Jac, was chosen spec- ifically to produce tail cows. "We like long legfied Mr. Kerbraf. said. "There is not as much trouble when the ud- der is higher." To dale Ihis bull has produced 13 heifers. For the past 15 years Mr. Kerbrat has used only regis- tered bulls. He said, "With Hie little investment required one should take the trouble lo regis- ter his slock" Tn his present milking herd. 43 head are regis- tered, lie is a member of the Ilolstcin Friesen Association. The dairy farmer's two sons, Laurent arid Alain take part in UK operation Laurent is on full time salary and Alain is still not quite sure about his future plans. Mrs. Kerbrat has her work cut out for her as well. Be- sides being the official record- keeper, she has to name all the heifers. ''Sometimes we just run out of she points out. Management is very hnrjor- lant for success of the herd, siiys Mr. Kerbrat. "It's no use keeping the .stalls full just tn keep the bnrn warm. A cow must produce, if she is under pounds she can't stay in the barn." Culling the herd is an im- portant operation. "We cull very heavy and in the long run it he says. Heavy culling and heavy feeding go together in this dairy operation. Mr. Kcrbral Jikes lo sec the cows cat well, clean up (.heir food and be hun- gry for the next feeding. Each cow gets 25 pounds prepared feed per day, that is 12H pounds before each milk- ing, and approximately 25 bales of hay. When milking is com- plete the mangers are empty and remain so until the next feeding. Prepared feed is supplied by National Grain Feed Mill in Winnipeg. A truck load holding 11 tons lasts nearly one month Last year's feed bill for the en- lire herd was In the summertime 1he cattle graze on native hay, but Uicir feed ration remains Ihe same throughout the year. This year, for the first Lime, Mr. Kerbrat will grow his own Teed. He plans to seed a mix- ture of oats and wheat on ncw- ly-purcJ f. ?d land. CATCH ME IF YOU CAN Jtitfe thit Yamaha end watch the others Iry lo catch up. It'i rhe Yamaha 100 LS7 2 clroke, 5 port parallel Iwrri cylinder if reef machine. This model includes high-peifor- monce Features, luch as a smooth 5-speod tranjmiiflion. Auio- lube and (win exhausts for beauty, dependability and oper- ating ease. Just run through the gears. Feel (he torque pump out smoolh all the way up lo lop speed: 70 mph. plus. SAVE REGULAR Midsummer Special SEE THE COMPLETE YAMAHA LINE AT YAMAHA CYCLE SALES AND SERVICE 21st ST. and 2nd AVE. S. PHONE 328-6977 ATTENTION! SUGAR BEET GROWERS WE ARE THE EXCLUSIVE DEALERS AND DISTRIBUTORS OF HEATH: FOUR'Slx-EIGHT ROW TOPPERS AND TOP SAVERS INCREASE YOUR PROFITS, TOP WITHOUT WASTE. HEATH: TANK AND SEW1 TANK HARVESTERS. THE ONES THAT KEEP GOING WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH. DEFOLIATORS UNIQUE ROTAR HOUSING DESIGN- ED FOR SUCTION THESE MACHINES WILL BE ON DISPLAY AT THE LETHBRIDGE EXHIBITION We ure now taking orders for these machines. See us today and avoid the disap- pointment of late de'.ivery. Harry Watson Farm Supply Ltd. Phone 732-4587 or 732-4511 PICTURE BUTTE ;