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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 13, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 THE LETHBRIDGS HERALD TuelJoy, June 13, 197J- No services lost for farmer-subscribers SMRW repairs drop structure on main canal Tf cTiniild flAplt to 110 The floor of the last drop Btruclui-e before Chin Reservoir on the main canal of the St. Mary River Irrigation District Is being replaced. When the water was turned on this spring, the pressure ex- erted by the flow caused the six-inch deep floor to break up. Water How was stopped to protect the rest of the struc- ture and to keep the hillside from washing away. Construction crews are now pouring a 15-inch floor in tho drop structure wlilch lowers the level flow of the canal 16 feet. Jake Thiessen, manager of SMRID, said the total shutdown tune for the work will be three weeks. In this time not one sub- scriber to the system has been lacking water. He said that because It is the last drop structure before the main reservoir, all the turn outs into fields and secondary canals are still in operation. This means all the land west of the construction is being ser- viced by water directly from St. Mary and Walerton Dams. For all the irrigated acres lying east of the construction, including the Taber Irrigation District, tho water supply comes from Chin Reservoir. Mr. Thiessen said the three- week shutoff will cause Chin Reservoir to lower consider- able. It should be back to nor- mal about this time next year. Chin Reservoir holds enough water to supply the area cast of it for half the irrigation sea- son. CROP SEEDING BATES Higher forage crop seeding rates than those frequently used by Alberta farmers ap- pears to give the best yields. This fact was revealed in forage crop trials carried out by the University of Alberta's department of plant science. Dr. P. D. Walton, in charge of these annual trials, reports that the higher than normal seeding rates appear to be the most profitable. However, further testing and the economics of using the higher rates have to be examined before tliis fact can be established. Finloy photo Rodeo life tough at best By GARRY ALLISON Herald Staff Writer The breaks of the game, this time a bone in his right foot, cost Helena, Montana's Marvin Joyce a chance to compete in the National Finals rodeo late last year. Marvin was silting in about 17th spot in the world when a bronc and Marvin's foot got tangled up in the chute and the foot came out second best. He was making a real run for the finals at the time, where only the top 15 cowboys in each event can compete, when the accident occured. The ankle is now in top shape and Marvin is off to his best start ever on the rugged pro rodeo circuit. Competing in two events, the steer wrestling and the saddle brone riding, Marvin competes in numerous Canadian rodeos. 1971 was Marvin's first full year on the pro circuit. He is a graduate of United States high school and college rodeos where lie has placed as high as fourth in both events in the na- tional standings. "I prefer the broncs." tho amiable blue-eyed, tobacco- chewing cowboy said. "Its a free floalin' event. Its loose and cool, and I like it that way. Its not a matter of strength but a matter of timing and bal- ablllty Is pitted horse. Its a real ance. Your against the good test. "You study a horse's pattern and build your ride according- ly. Tonight (Stavely I've got a horse called Powder River a big grey owned by the Void Rodeo Co.) and he should take a nice little jump out o! tho chute and angle off to the right. Its a good draw and he's a hard worker." (Marvin marked a 72 on Powder River and won tho saddle bronc "A horse telegraphs a lot to you and you can feel him react through your body contact with him. You anticipate his moves and try to stay ahead of him. If you can keep your feet plac- ed high on his neck as he hi Is the ground he will help you, with his movement, when you rake your feet back as you spur him." The steer wrestling event is a strength event more so than bronc riding but each steer has a consistent pattern they devel- op tliroughout their rodeo life, much like the broncs. Marvin, who pocketed more than in liis injury-short- ened season last year, feels that the longer the score (head start the steer gets) the better the competition in the steer wrestling. "Places like Calgary have a long score and it gives the cowboy and horse a better Tivo-price system for tvheat in effect Otto Lang, minister responsi- ble for the Canadian wheat board announced in Middle Lake, Saskatchewan that cheques totalling are now in the mail to more than western grain produc- ers. This ndditional payment to the farmers results from the government's two-price policy for wheat which was announced by Mr. Lang earlier this year. Under this policy, producers re- ceive a bushel on wheat sold For domestic human consump- tion. The wheat board received of this amount when it sells the wheat and .the bal- ance is being paid directly by the treasury to Prairie farmers. Payments are being made to each Canadian wheat board permit holder to a maximum of 640 eligible acres. The formula for determining the payment per acre is based on the num- ber of bushels of wheat sold in Canada for human consumption aand the number of eligible acres in production. opportunity to show their com- bined ability." Like most saddle hronc riders, Marvin is of slight build, five foot nine inches and 305 pounds. "Big mon don't seem to look good on a saddle he said, "the little man is quick and agile arid has the edge. "The roiso fans in Canada seem to enjoy the bull riding and bronc riding the Marvin strted. "They like to see a fella get throwed; but they also appreciate seeing a good ricler beating a rank horse. If everybody got throwed or whistled up it would be bor- ing for the fans. "Without the spills, rodeo wouldn't be the sport it is today. If a rider had the advan- tage all the time it would take the element of competition put of the sport. It would be boring for the fan and the cowboy." Marvin has travelled exten- sively throughout North Amer- ica but singles out Wayne Void and Reg as having tho best string of saddle broncs he's seen. Both are Canadian stock contractors. As for top name bucking horses, Marvin's sat atop Hard Twist, Quick Silver and Amer- ican Express, to name a few. He has yet to try two of tho rodeo world's champion saddle broncs however Rodeo News and Descent. "I would like to ritle there two. Preferably at a one-header where it was all or nothing." Marvin spent many months on the road and has, as his travelling partner, one of the world's best steer wrestlers in the person of Frank Shop- person. Frank and Marvin haze for each other in the doggin' event and have come to know each other's moves and cap- abilities. Single ar.d 27 years of age, Joyce intends to do only one thing with his life "live it." He Fays he believes in enjoying life to the fullest and storing up a lot of good memories while lie's still cap- able of doing so. "I want to get the most out of life while I'm young. I love just being POT-iUCK By D'ARCY RICKARD HUdegard gets up at night and kicks the fridge. Otherwise it would defrost. She doesn't kick me; I might defect. Sometimes I also see my beautiful wiflo standing on the side of the washing machine like a mountain climber. Hildegard has to stand on our washer to get leverage to pull the clothes through the wringer. All-this serves only as an introduction to the worst machine Pot-iuck can recall. I am referring to the old hay balers. The ones that came in when I worked up at Birdseye Ranch were the worst darn Rube Goldburg inventions anyone can possibly ima- gine. For days on end yours truly sat on one side of the boom-booming, chug-chugging machine while cousin Victor Smith sat on the other side. His job was to push the wires through each bale o' hay as it went along a compresser-type chute. My job was to grab the wires when they came through on my side. Then I had to tie them. Like a good Boy Scout, I tied the knots with baling wire, be- tween booms of the giant hammer, and then the bales went along to be dumped out on the close- cropped hay meadow. 1 don't own a horse, cow or pasture today but when my nightmares come galloping on 1 see fields and fields hay bales, all tied with nice pink ribbons. I can't stand to look at hay bales. I can t even stand to look at shredded wheat biscuits because they remind me of hay bales. As we thundered and bumped across the moa- dow, Vic would glare at me and I would glare at Vic He gave me the distinct impression he would rather be at Waterton sipping a nice cool frosty. As for me, I would rather be imprisoned on the Toronto subway, one of the most horrible tilings I can ima- gine, than strapped to the old hay baler. Happily for us, it used to clog up with alfalfa and timothy about every two laps. Then Vic would swear, cuss, and say "heavens to Betsy" 21 times while I counted up to 10 and went to sleep in the shadow of the tractor. The only way to win over those wires was to wear gloves of steel. You could wear out a pair every three days. I had more Band-aids on my pinky than Cnuvalo on his mug. Ali can pound, but not like that hay- Every known species of bug, Insect, fly and bee came to light on my nose during that long hot sum- mer I was usually too tied up to brush them off. Well, it was the advent of the industrial revolu- tion at Birdseye Ranch. I was happy to play my small part, mainly because they served the best hotcakes you'd ever want to run into. But I had lots more fun riding Minnie and Maud. ;