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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 25, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 8 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, June 25, 1974 Artificial insemination tested on Lethbridge mares By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer Artificial insemination in horses has come of age in Southern Alberta Long a method of improving blood lines and size in cattle herds, artificial insemination in horses is a relatively new industry. Roy Androkovich, a dairy farmer east of Lethbridge, has completed the artificial breeding process successfully on the first four mares he has tried. The mares were made pregnant with semen from a stallion in DeForrest, Wisconsin Mr Androkovich said one other horse fancier in Southern Alberta has been breeding horses artificially for some time now but he uses semen taken from a stallion just before the breeding takes place Mr Androkovich uses frozen semen from American Breeders Service in the United States. After training in artificial insemination in cattle, Mr Androkovich started to read books about inseminating horses and with help from a veterinarian, he decided to try his hand at it Timing the insemination process is the most important part, he said To make sure he knows when the mare is ready to be bred, he uses a teaser stallion fenced off from the mare. Once it is evident the "Wlwre GOOD SERVICE is AUTOMATIC" AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION 'LTD. Phoni 327 0910 1520 3rd Ave. S. Guaranteed Servicing Rebuilding and Exchange mare is almost ready to be bred, a visua1 check is made Six vials of semen are included with each order, sufficient to breed one mare The female horse has a "heat" cycle which lasts long enough to make three semen applications. If the mare doesn't become pregnant with three semen applications, the process is repeated 21 days later Ten cubic centimeters of semen is applied each time, compared to about one cubic centimeter used for cattle insemination. One drawback to using frozen semen for the artificial insemination is that purebred horse associations won't register or recognize foals born from the process. Mr. Androkovich said this will likely change in time as the procedure becomes more popular The six vials of semen, including plastic pipes and syringes, cost about But with the first four horses Mr. Androkovich has bred, it has taken only three vials each This cuts the cost in half The first foal should be born about the last part of April in 1975 MAINE-ANJOU CUNIC SIMMENTAL CEZON SON of BEAT LIMOUSIN-DANDIN C CHAWUUS-TEE ANCHOR AI6LON Semen Available from all Breeds Semen Distribution and Custom Collection Full line of A.I. Supplies and Nitrogen. Southern Breeding Centre T.L. Church, B.S.A.D.V.M. General Manager Brin Thompson B.Sc. Production Manager Specialists in Superior Semen P.O. Box 357, Lethbridge Phone 328-9671 A walk in the sun A mallard and her young provided first hand nature study for students at Jack Miner Public School in Kingsville, Ont. The female had nested in the school yard. Watching the passing parade are kindergarten students (from left) Tracy Colclough, Jennifer Ulch, Wayne Kock, Cheryl-Ann Hodges and Laurie Bickford. Kingsville is 46 miles southeast of Windsor. Nova Scotia apple crop starts comeback HALIFAX (CP) -The Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia is more prosperous than ever, but the apple is no longer king Apples kept the valley relatively prosperous even in the 1930s, but they have been on a downhill slide ever since the start of the Second World War In 1931, there were more than two million apple trees in the valley, but in 1971 there were only 708.000, and today's crops are down to about one-third of the yield in the depres- sion years This despite an increase in the number of trees elsewhere in Canada and in Europe Today British Columbia has nearly four times as many trees as Nova Scotia, and Ontario and Quebec between them have nearly three times us many The outbreak of the Se- cond World War in 1939 brought the to a sudden halt. Nova Scotia's principal market had always been Britain, and the province specialized in varieties preferred by the British but not favored by Cana- dian consumers Today, the apple has been supplanted by a host of other agricultural products as the mainstay of (he Annapolis Valley. Hogs, poultry, milk, vege- tables, potatoes, beef and greenhouse crops all match or exceed apples in value. Bui apples have never died out, and after a period of frantic modernization it is beginning to make a comeback. Apple growers who did not switch to other crops have switched to more popular varieties They have also made aggressive efforts to develop new markets NEW EQUIPMENT No. 336 Balers 2 flotation tires, bale counter No. 100 Series Beet Thinners We have two 6-row thinners left No. 78 Rear Mounted Blade T cutting width No. 158 Front End Loader Fits all John Deere Tractors USED EQUIPMENT 11HC Model 650 Diesel Tractor P.T.O., good rubber John Deere 594 Side Delivery Rake 1 John Deere 14 T Baler (good condition) 1 MF 410 S.P. Combine (good condition) McKAY BROS, FARM IMPLEMENTS LTD. 3214 5th Avenue N., Lethbridge Phone 327-5512 or 327-2043 ;