Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Tuesday, June 11, 1974 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Cattle doctor shortage a problem SASKATOON (CP) Should Canadian taxpayers foot the bill to train veter- inarians for dog and cat practices at the expense of the livestock industry? Dr. F.M. Loew, director of the Animal Research Centre at the Western Veterinary College at the Chicken cannibals worry specialist Chicken dinner is growing in popularity on many Southern Alberta farms but it is other chickens which are enjoying the feast and this form of cannibalism has local authorities worried. DERME MACHINE SHOP A COMPLETE AUTOMOTIVE GENERAL MACHINE SHOP SERVICE 327-O821 JJJ I2e STREET NORTH Rod Chernos, poultry specialist with the Alberta department of agriculture in Lethbridge, says the problem is more prevalent than normal this year. Cannibalism in poultry flocks includes feather pulling, toe picking and tail picking. It can cause losses in the flock. Mr. Chernos says once cannibalism is established in a flock it is hard to stop. Once it has started, farmers can help by scattering fresh grass clipping on the chicken litter in the barn. If this doesn't help, farmers might have to debeak the pecking birds. Mr. Chernos says cannibalism can be attributed to high .brood- ing temperatures, overcrowding, insufficient feeders and water space, insufficient feed, inadequate nutrition through an unbalanced diet or high light intensity. University of Saskatchewan, asks this question in reply to queries about the shortage of animal doctors in the cattle industry. "More and more graduate veterinarians are going into small-animal practices in the Dr. Loew said in an interview. "Sure, this may be an ad- vantage to them personally, but is this really a good use of public Dr. Loew said the problem is much broader, considering the growing use of plant protein rather than animal protein in human diets. But at the present time, the livestock industry is crying for more animal doctors. "Many people will argue that the city-dweller who has cats, dogs or whatever, is a taxpayer and that he wants services for his pets. ''But, surely when you look at the situation closely, the real national interest is in feeding the people in the cities.'' Dr. Loew said the federal government has asked the university to estimate how much it would cost to in- crease the capacity of the college to 90 students from the present 60 to 65. "This agitation probably originated in Alberta where the beef industry is CABDSTON MOTORS JUNE TRUCK SALE! oo WHILE STOCK LASTS! HALFTONS------ 1973 FORD V8 Automatic (Heavy Duty) 1972 DODGE V8 4 speed, 700x15 tires, radio. 1967 FARGO V8 ONE TON- 1968 DODGE ONE TON With Flat Bed Need a Spare Truck Around The Farm? Check the great values offered here at Genuine Savings! 19671.H.C. 1 Flat Bed 1950 CHEV. 1 Box 1950 CHEV. 3 TON Rebuilt motor, like new steel box and hoist. See Us Now For All Your Trucking Needs We're Really Dealing! CARDSTON MOTORS LTD. "Your Full Line FORD-MERCURY DEALER" Telephone 653-4444 4 fours for Ford! experiencing a real shortage of large-animal he said. "But. perhaps they are going off half-cocked on this because there are indications the livestock population is declining and it is being suggested that in the future humans will get 60 per cent of their protein requirements from plants compared with the 40 per cent they now get.'' There may be a need for more veterianarians right now "but I don't think anyone has made a real case for it." Dr. Loew said he estimated there now are 100 openings veterinarians- for "Where GOOD SERVICE Is AUTOMATIC" AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION 'LTD. Phone 327-0910 1520 3rd Km. S. Guaranteed Servicing Rebuilding and Exchange STORES USE OUR CREDIT PLAN OR :HARGEX Corner 3rd Ave. and 8th St. S. Phone 327-8548 IF YOU DRIVE A LATE MODEL CAR think how much you'll save with our ALIGNMENT GUARANTEED for MILES! This one puce enisles you to a 5.000 v.t'h "Ho prmT'-fi You to Irv -3 VC-Vs ni JQ 000 nno pirrc ill At.it yfujT firestone RIDING SYSTEM SERVICE PRICED TO MAKE IT EASY!