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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 11, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta THI UTHMIDCE HIRAID Monday, June 11 Precision liming branding crew at Springpoint, west of Fort Macleod Branding bee With incredible efficiency, an experienced crew brands, castrates, vaccinates and dehorns a herd of 200 summer calves in three hours. By RIC SWrHATCT Herald Staff Writer Two men strained to hold the small calf, one on either end, and soon there was a cloud cf smoke as hair and hide burned under the pres- sure of the branding iron. As the last of the smoke cleared, another man jumped to action, performing an op- eration that wcruld neuter the bull calf while another yet cradled the small head between muscular legs while plunging a tool downward, digging out the roots of what would have been majestic horns. In the interim, another rancher had given an inno- culation with a pistol type syringe that would nrotect the animal against common diseases. The toal activity had lasted almost one minute and sig- nified the start of branding on 200 calves by a well-oiled crew of 13 ranchers in the Springpoint district of the Psrcupine Hills. 15 miles west of Fort Macieod. John Hefter, foreman of the Jaola Ranch, had been burned in a propane explos- ion while helping a neighbor just a week previous and was in Fort Macleod Municipal Hospital for treatment at the time the branding started. In the Springpoint district, all ranchers help each other. So, in effect, the branding crew was just one man short. Branding, an action which might seem cruel to a novice, is as traditional in Western Canada as apple pie and ice cream. It is a way of life for ranchers even' spring and stricily business. The cnly aspect which couldn't be found during the turn cf the century i s t he modern medical equipment, the propane hsater and the moveable metal fence. All other parts of the branding operation are done today sim- ilar to the methods used by pioneers who settled the area. Walter Dersch was in charge of the vaccinations. He gave each animal one shot of a dual purpose vac- cine which protects against black leg and malignant ede- ma, both fatal diseases espe- cially hard on summer calves. The procedure will repeated again in the fall- The men handling th e branding irons included Wes Hedley, Albert Noble and Bob Jackman, all veteran ranch- ers in the Springpoint dis- trict. Kerm Stav. one of the modern breed cf rancher and foreman of the Big Cou- lee Ranch west of Jaola. per- formed all the castration op- erations on about 100 calves. "Doc" Stav said the oper- ation is relatively simple. Care must be taken to clean the area of all fat tissue to prevent infection. Each man was responsible for one figure on the brand. When complete, each calf bore a half-diamond lazy A with accompanying C brand on the left side. Care was taken to adjust the fire in the propane heat- er to prevent damage to the branding irons and to make aure they were hot enough to do a clean job. Harvey Dersch was the de- horner. Since the calves were branded on the left side, it is easier for a left handed person to operate the tool, de- signed much like a leather punch. Wrestlers, the men who held the calves, included ranch owner Jim wood, Ken Hedley, Glen Far- stead, Mike Heric and Gor- don Elgin. Dar Claypool was respon- sible for roping the hind legs of the calves and drag- ging them to the waiting branders. Mr. Hester said it is quite a shock to the calf to have all the work done at one time. it is a thing that "must be he said. they aren't branded. ranchers could lose the ani- mals and if they aren't vac- cinated, they could die. "The dehorning process isn't as important since the provincial government dropp- ed the horn tax on all ani- mals sold with horns but it makes a neater looking ani- mal." Once the calves were fin- ished, the crew headed for the Hester house. Shirley Hester, with the help of Bernice Hedley. Hillie Hedley and Joan Claypool, had mounds of roast beef, whipped potatoes, vegetables and salads waiting for the ir.en. Pots of coffee and dessert put the finishing touches to a day's work, all before noon. Noon reward RICK SWIHART phots St. John locals lack help, money By Jiar GRANT Herald Staff Writer The local St. John Ambu- lance Association and Bri- gade needs more than twice the number of volunteers now on staff to fulfill the community's need for its ser- vices, its field organizer claims. Dan Hicks says the as- sociation's first aid program needs twice as manynnstruc- tors to expand its program. The brigade needs 25 more volunteers to carry out its present functions and will require about 75 more to ef- fectively service the commu- nity in the near future. The 24 people now volun- teering their services to the brigade are carrying the work load of 50 people in order to provide first aid and ambulance services for all major Lethbridge and dis- trict community events. The brigade has had to turn down requests for its services at some small com- munity events due to a short- age of volunteers. The local brigade treated 800 ca-ttalties year icr injuries varying from broken legs to severe bleeding wounds. Mr. Hicks says the iob of a brigade sounds difficult, but is really quite simple after a volunteer receives the brigade training. Working for the brigade gives a person a sense of satisfaction to know a death or permanent injury may have been prevented because he was on duty to provide first aid and ambulance ser- vice, he suggests. The goal of the St. John Ambulance Association is to provide everyone in Leth- bridge and district with a knowledge of first aid to pre- pare them for emergency situations, says Mr. Hicks. The association has provid- ed first aid courses for 17 schools and organizations and presented save a life lectures to 14 other groups of students and organization members. The first aid courses are only provided when request- ed, but almost all Lethbridge and district schools have re- quested and received the St. John Ambulance emergency first aid course. The p h y sical education course for grade 12 high school students makes first aid training a mandatory part of the curriculum. The savg a life program is designed to teach people how to treat fractures, se- vere bleeding and minor in- juries. The next save a life pro- gram will be held at the Lethbridge Community Col- lege June 23 at a cost of a dollar per person. Child care and home nurs- ing classes are also offered to teenagers and adults by the association to train them in home nursing care and baby sitting techniques. The child care and home nursing classes have been taught to 193 people so far this year. The minimal charges made by the association to al- low all wage groups to re- ceive its services has left it almost solely dependent on United Way funding. In addition to the United Way funding the association receives a grant from the provincial government and from the city. In 1972 the association over spent its budget by and is asking the Unit- ed Way to increase its share of the United Way appeal donations from to to eliminate last year's deficit. "If we're not able to get more money we'll have to cut down on the number of community events the bri- gade attends and reduce the number of first aid courses ofiered by the Mr. Hicks says. Want children pushed Wheat The Canadian wheat board will continue to establish and enforce rapesced quotas but will not appeal the AlBerta District Court decision that acquitted an Alberta farmer of charges of over-delivery of rapeseed. Wheat board minister Otto Lang says in a government statement that "rapeseed producers and handlers should not assume from the decision in the (Charlie) Sil- tala case that the Canadian wheat beard does not have the authority to establish quo- tas or to enforce them or that the board will not prosecute in future over-delivery cases'' Mr. Siltala was convicted in Lethbridge Provincial Court in December of over- delivery of rapeseed. He ap- pealed to the district court where the conviction was set asitic. Mr. Lang said the wheat board order establishing the quota and the charge may not have been precise enough since the case involved de- livery at two delivery points, Lethbridee and Trochu. Mr. Siltala was charged only with over-delivery at his delivery point at Trochu. Mr, Lang said: "In the fu- ture, wheat board orders may have to be drawn more carefully to avoid these prob- lems; but I want to empha- size that the decision in this case does not mean that the board is without authority to set quotas." case did not decide that and indeed, the board will continue to set quotas for delivery of rapeseed and in cases of over-delivery, in breach of the Canadian Wheat Board Act, the board will continue to prosecute of- fenders. "If the board did not prose- cute in over-delivery cases it would not be fair to other producers who abide by the Mr. Luc said. Reading, writing value stressed will enforce quotas More direct contact bv teachers with students, coupl- ed with more discipline in the school, is advocated in a report on local education goals. The findings, released in the report last week result from a series of four local meet- ings prior to presentation to the Lethbridge public school board. Only 149 parents, in total, attended the four meetings, at Lakeview, Wilson, Fleet- wood Bawden and Senator Buchanan schools. Their concerns are sum- marized in the 171-page re- port of the education goals committee. "Minimum levels of mas- tery must be achieved in communication skills. Read- ing and writing skills are especially par- ents believe. Local taxpayers say reme- dial teaching, and diagnostic measures, are needed here- even in the high schools. Grades, percentage or let- ter, are wanted by parents on their children's report Cool continues Sunday night's low temper- ature of 33.3 degrees came close to the June 11, 1969, record low of 32.6 degrees, reports a spokesman for the local weather office. The cool air mass which has been enveloping Leth- bridge lately is expected to cintinue for at least an- other few days, allowing the mercury to slip to 35-40 de- grees tonight. Today's forecast high of 65 is expected to_ improve Tues- day with a high of 70-75 de- grees. One bright side to the fore- cast is the anticipated light winds. cards Written com m e n t s from local teachers, plus par- ent-teacher interviews, are also strongly supported. The report claims "more imaginative approaches" to making parents feel welcome and comfortable must be de- veloped in Lethbridge schools. Parents, according to the report, believe children need to be pushed: "If left to work at their level, they will fall behind. Students need to learn to con- sider others, not just do their own thing. "Children need to know clearly what the limits the report states. Parents would also like to see a return to "failure sys- tems" within city schools. "There may be some posi- tive aspects to failure, espec- ially if a minimum level of mastery of basic skills is not achieved. "Learning to cope with fai- lure may also be the report says. Local parents say evalua- tion of teachers should re- ceive more attention teachers should have more authority to discipline stu- dents. "Parents want access to re- cords and information. They don't wish to be the last to know if there is a problem starling. "The social graces should actually be studied in school. Students should learn to much more considerate and thoughtful to the goals report states. Parental concerns, and re- sults of a city-wide survey on local education, will be con- sidered by public trustees during the coming months. The education goals report is available, at per copy, from the public school board office. Special service An estimated 600 members of the Royal Canadian legion attended special servlew at the Cenotaph in Lethbridge Sunday afternoon. They were among 650 registered for the 28th biennial convention of legion's Alberta Command. The convention Wednesday. ;