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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 12, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Friiluy, Jumi IS, 1770 THE LCTHI1RIUCC HERAIB 13 'jM-Ufi unpegging of Uic Canadian dollar on world markets has loomed very darkly on the Canadian agricultural hori- zon, bul all indications show that it will be .some time before a true perspective can be reached. It is common knowledge (hat foreign imports will be cheaper, 3nd undoubtedly some benefits will be reaped by urban and rural dwellers in this respect, bul a simultaneous drop in agri- cultural export commodity prices is also anticipated, and deem- ed necessary if Canada is to remain competitive. An example of this can already be seen, in the action taken last week by the Canadian wheat board when it dropped the world export prices on Canada's lop four wheat grades by six cents per bushel. Agricultural officials feel this drop in wheat prices is only a preliminary to subsequent drops in other feed grains such as oals and barley. Beef marketing too may take a bit of a downward trend, .since competition from U.S. cattlemen will be more intense as they seek the ir.ore valuable Canadian dollar. Pork and poultry markets will also probably suffer, and in fact Hie only markets that won't are likely to be crops grown strictly for domestic use. It, is felt by government officials, that the action will prove a benefit to Canada as a whole, and one bright point for farmers will bo reduced farm machinery and supplies prices although these may not be reflected for some time and then may only come in the form of reduced price increases. Alberta J'remier Strom side-stepped a question raised at a rocont southern Alberta meeting, dealing with why the pro- vincial government .saw fit to sponsor a "pork promotion cam- and not a beef or poultry drive as1 well. Mr. Strom indicated that it has never been government pol- icy to lean favorably in the direction of any one agricultural commodity, and added that bias should be avoided, but he never said why the government did grant in funds to the hog .marketing association for -this campaign. And Irrigation J 1 POULTRY TOUR About 40 poultry producers, feed monufacturers and affiliated persons journeyed to Brooks recently on a lour sponsored by the Southern Alberta Poultry Council. J. AAortenson and Sons Broiler Ranch was the first stop on the trip, where the group hand Ihe requisites of o bird operation. the Brooks Horticultural Station and Lakeview Feeders were also part of the day's activities. saw fir Tours i Cattlemen Oppose a. S_ The Canadian Cattlemen's As- presently before the House of The bill is similar to one d Commons in Ottawa. i fcated by cattlemen in 1951. The bill deals with provisions j and will contain provisions for with the industry suggests in-1 otherwise control production difference to the wishes of the Officials of the CCA contend producers." that the free movement of live Barons Attends IT! an ILS. A. SIIK.MAN'UII'K. In southern Alberta, irriga- tion has allowed us U> produce many c r o p s that otherwise would not jirow here. Unfortu- nately, large numbers of mos- quitoes are a by-pioduct of ir- rigation. This is especially true in the older irrigation projects where conditions favorable to increased mosquito populations have been developing for rral years. The larval and pupa! stages of mosquitoes lequirr water for their development. It is dur- ing these stages that (he build- up of populations can be pre- vented must easily. Most of the mosquito breeding siles in the irrigated areas of southern Al- berta arc man-made and can be effectively reduced or elim-' inated by man. Inigation can be fully util- ixcd and at the same time the mosquito problem prevent- fields nol only help control nio.s- (juilocs bul also produce high- cr crop yields, Tin.' should be levelled .so there i.s ;i slight, fall across the Held. This 'fa- ciliUU'S the delivery of j tion wilier through "the field ditches and helps in collecting ami removing the v.a.ste water from the lowc; portions of HIP field. Water standing on fields for excessive periods of limp not only pi'oduces mosquiioo.s but also reduces crop yields, encourages water-loving weeds, and causes injury to the .soil. Irrigated farms thai do nut I have adequate drainage facil- ities to lake caie of excess irri- gation produce most of the mosquitoes. .Mosqu'loes are no problem in areas where the water disappears from surface within hours most 1 mosquito species require a! j least five days in water to 'each the adult, stage. Mosquito control methods in cd by following a feu' simple j irrigated areas are basically rules of water management. tbose recommended for effi- Proper land preparation for dent irrigation. Their both irrigation and drainage is a kcv [o successful water man- agement. P y p c r I v levelled use wilt ensure fewer mosquitoes and greater benefits from irrigation in southern Alberta. of national marketing boards A rancher MLA from Cochrane, Alberta, has taken strong agricultural products, exception lo the grant, and said, "Every extra pound of Alberta i Mitcliell By CiOKUON A. liOSS Kegkmal Livestock Supervisor Canadians arc not traditional lamb or muttou eaters. Jn fact, we consume as much peanut butter per person as we do Iamb and strangely enough, we import a large share of the lamb we do eat. Sheep have been traditionally a pasture animal. The idsal situation has been to have lambs born ami raised on grass and go directly to market from pasture. Because of our pas- ture season this has always meant that all lambs arrived at the market place at one time. We have had a spcclacular change in the pattern of beef production brought about by in- creased numbers of cattle going through feedlots. The sheep man may have to follow the. same pattern if he is going to keep up to the competition. There always have been some .lambs fed, but these were tlie ones that didn't reach maikct condition on grass and they had to have a few extra weeks of grain feeding lo bring them up to market condition. Let's take a look at -some of the pros and cons of decreasing the pasture period and in- creasing {he grain feeding pe- riod for lambs. It is impossible In balance j the diet of ewes and Iambi feeding together on the same pasture after the lamb has readied a weight of