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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 10, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Massive AI job involves animals By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer HILLSPPING What may be the world's largest private livestock artificial insemination program has started near here on the massive Palmer Ranch About 4.000 exotic cows will be bred aitificially during the 60- dav spring oreedmg season Another cows will bo bred this fall John Michaud cattle manager for ranch-owner Morris Palmer told The Herald all the calves born on the ranch will start out as potential prime foundation breeding stock The cows include a wide range of purebred and crossbred stocK which will be bred with semen from Charolais. Chianma Limousin Simmental and Maine Anjou bulls Thirteen men are located at the AI Camp just north of Highway 5 near the boundary of Waterton Lakes National Park Another three men will be brought in when the artificial inseminating operation gets into full swing The artificial insemination camp utilizes about five sections of land from the 48 sections which make up the Palmer Ranch The cows are kept in four pastures Two or three riders maintain surveillance from about 4 m until stopping time each night The 60-dav period is run without any breaks operating in all kinds cf weather Mr Michaud gomer bulls, animals which have been rendered incapable of impregnating cows, to determine when the ff-male animals are ready for insemination When one of the riders sees the gomtr bull bothering a cow, the female is taken to the breeding chutes for insemination The man responsible for the insemination operation is AI technician Doug Fox Mr Fox is helped fay two other men who studied artificial insemination during the past winter Having carried out artificial insemination on more than 6 000 cows 3 000 of them last year on the Palmer Ranch. Mr Fox Knows his job He averages about 80 cows per day but has recorded as many as 103 in one day Contmualh survevmg the cows in the pastures and herding them to and from the breeding barn involves about 40 horses during the program ith'16 hungry men crowding their busy work days around an earh morning breakfast noon dinner and late supper. Francie Michaud is kept busy She can turn out a steak and baked potato dinner fit for a king While meat and potatoes is a basic staple for the noon and meals, sourdough pancakes made from scratch afford nb sticking breakfasts to kick off the long work day. WALTER KERBER photos Majestic rockies backdrop for Palmer Ranch One of four giant pastures is home for part of the cow herd involved in the artificial insemination program that will make them mothers in nine months The Lethbridge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION Lougheed adds ranch to Thursday itinerary Sunrise Ranch, a facility in Coaldale for the mentally retarded, has been added to a list of places Premier Peter Lougheed and two cabinet ministers will visit when they travel to Southern Alberta Thursday Premier Lougheed, Health Minister Neil Crawford and Agriculture Minister Hugh Homer will be touring the facility earlj Thursday afternoon. Bob Harrison, director of Sunrise, said today. Also included in the mini-cabinet tour are Solicitor General Helen Hunley, who will visit the Lethbridge Correctional Institute, and Municipal Affairs minister Dave Russell, who, with Dr. Homer, will meet Wednesday with Carmangay residents concerned about Huttente land purchases Mr Crawford, Dr Horner, Mr Lougheed and head of the province's mental health services. Charles Hellon. will be touring the Raymond Home and a similar geriatric facility in Claresholm Pickets continue vigil Pickets continued their vigil at Swift Canadian and Canada Packers plants in Lethbridge today The firms officially locked out about 230 members of the Canadian Food and Allied Workers union last Wednesday Swift s workers have actually been out longer than that The company said workers were staging a slowdown which cut production by 50-per-cent on the Thursdav before last Wednesday's official lockout The workers left the plant when told to increase production or not get paid A nationwide vote by the CFAW on the latest offer is expected to be completed by this Wednesday The companies have removed a deadline to lock out all employees if no settlement is reached by Wednesday so the votes can be tabulated But the threat of a lockout remains Wranglers Lethbridge, Alberta, Monday, June 10, 1974 Pages 13-24 Andras flays wage., price controls PC's Svould bring back days of Bennett Buggy' By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer Robert Andras, Liberal minister of Manpower and Immigration, stopped in Lethbridge Sunday and took a spirited swipe at Conservative proposals for wage and price controls Speaking to 250 people at a Liberal-sponsored supper on the exhibition grounds, Mr Andras also said it was important Alberta be represented in the Liberal caucus, and in a Liberal cabinet All 19 Alberta seats are now held by Progressive Conservatives Indications are that we will be in at least a stronger minority position and the possibility is shaping up of a slight majority position." Mr. Andras. MP for Port Arthur, told the predominantly Liberal crowd. "It surely is not a healthy situation for a province so important to Confederation, with its extraordinary opportunities and problems flowing from them, not to a balance of representation." he said. He made a two-hour visit to the city to support Sven Encksen. Liberal candidate for the Lethbridge constituency, in the July 8 federal election Mr Andras said Conservative leader Robert Stanfield's wage and price controls would return the country to the 1930 depression davs of Conservative prime minister R B Bennett "It is an extraordinary and absolutely incorrect economic Pincher philosophy Mr Stanfield is expounding." he charged Calling the Conservative proposals "very, very dangerous." he said they would cause an absolute disaster in the economy They caused him to enter the election in an angry mood "I go into this election angry and I hope most Liberals do, he said "If this country is in such chaos as they indicate it is (Mr Stanfield and NDP leader David why are almost any people using any means, legal or illegal to get the immigration minister asked He said immigrants understand what a favored nation Canada is Applications increased bv 27 per cent last year and in one week 32 000 inquiries were received from would-be emigrants from Britain alone, he said Mr Andras said the creation of 430.000 jobs in Canada last year was a better record than any other nation In answer to questions from the floor. Mr Andras poked at Conservative dissension Rifts over wage and price controls and bilmgualism are "tying them into many knots If the party can't maintain a unified front "over two or three weeks, he said he didn't know how it could govern the country for a matter of vears Irnrnigration Mininter A ndras 'I go into this election angry No plan to counter packing plant shut-down hearing tonight Jack Defrost, left. Max Hanson, Lane John- stone and Ronme Entz, talk over strategy on Palmer Ranch before starling their daily vigil o' grazing cows A lot of operations on the ranch may be mechanized, bul a crew of 16 use up to 40 horses m a Jong day riding the cows PINCHER CREEK (Special) An application has been made for a development permit respecting establishment of a mobile home park b> Pauline Janisko on the north hill area of Pmcher Creek Am person affected by the proposal has the right to present a written brief prior to 1he hearing and to be present and be heard at the hearing Thf hearing will be held in tho council chambers of the town hall at 7 p m todav The federal government has not vet drafted contingencv plans for a threatened nation- wide closure of packing Robert Andras minister of manpower, said Sundav We have to let collective bargaining take its course. Mr said an an interview during a short visit to Lethbndge Mr Andras said there was some confusion over whether the provinces or Ottawa wielded control of such situations Meat shortages could soon across the rountrv if the three major Canadian chains earn out a threat against 10000 Mbrrla employees of the 'iwift Canadian Canada Pflckrrs and Burns chain1; been locked out sipre last ttednesdav in a dispute over wages The companies locked out 2 -SOO members ol the Canadian Food and Allied union in the province until the membership ratifies an agreement approved bv their national bargaining unit So iar the voles have been coing .JCdinst the agreement The companies will lock up the of tfieir plants li no settlement is reached The companies have a v-erv larcc rcsponsiijihtv partirularh in times of food shortdccs Mr said He drplnrcd but said hr did not Know enough the Mbe-ta issue 10 comment Mr a crash program to train skilled people in will be necossan over the nevt few vcars shortarr of skilled persons will pet ven much worse he warned and will require better expanded procram--riS levels of education Hf said there no immediate and pal ;