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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 13, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE LETKBRIDOE HERALD Tuesday, June 13, 1972- Manyberries Field Day draws people for cattle sale, reports and field tour Part oF the huge crowd attending field day, take time to bid on 18 purebred cattle sold as part of the Reseeded Russian wildrye grass flourishes Two children feed grass fo one of the pens of sheep being used for experiments The Manyberries Field Day, sponsored by the Canada de- partment of agriculture, was termed successful in every way as people attended. The day started with the sale of 18 purebred Hereford and Aberdeen Angus bulls which had been used for beef breed- ing experiments. Four, four-year-old Hercfords and two Angus bulls brought an average of with four two- year-old Herefords averaging ?511. Perlich Bros. Auclion sold the animals ivith the top selling animal going for An organized peanut tfiam'alf for a portion of children attending during MM youth program Phil Blakeley, information of- ficer for the Lcthbridge Re- search Station, said normally the bulls would have gone to slaughter but the breeding in these animals was so good it was felt they should go to the breeders in the area. Research reports highlighted the verbal section of the field day with reports given by Steve Smoliak on seeded pastures, Dr. J. A. Vcsely on sheep cross- breeding, Dr. M. A. Khan on control of cattle grubs and John Lawson on foreign cattle breed evaluation and work done by the Ross Ranch. Alex Johnston lead a tour of 300 people tlirough tire research substation areas, including stops at wildrye grass plots and a look at the cat- tle breeding experiment. Federal Agriculture Minister Bud Olson gave an unprepared speech on the use of recom- mendations from the prairie re- seeding experiment carried out at Manyberries and how he ap- plied them to his own opera- tion. He said he had used many of the suggestions for improving his grass production from I ho substation slid had never ex- perienced a failure. Mr. Olson said the recom- mendations f r o mi the station enabled him to increase tho carrying capacity of his pas- ture. Also on hand from Ottawa was S. B. Williams, federal deputy minister of agriculture and Dr. J. C. Woodward, assis- tant deputy minister. FEATURE PAGE by El wood Ferguson ;