Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 27, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHHIDGE HHAID TuMttoy, 27, 1972 A KEAL STORM Bulls, Montana bull rider Charlie Peterson is hung up on a Kesler Rodeo bull called Tornado and finds himself in a "real storm" in rodeo jargon. Peterson has his hand trapped in the rope hand- hold atop Ihe bull's back and Is fighting to free it as well as stay on his feet. Numeous cowboys rush lo his aide while rodeo clown Mickey Bag- nell (bent over) is trying to keep the bull's attention on him so he won't turn on Peterson. Bagnell had just been knocked down by Tornado and Ihe big bull was conning back for another shot at him. In Ihe photo at the right, the bull has dragged Peterson well down the arena but it was shortly ofrer this shot that he was freed uninjured. Exciting rodeo "action such as this is up coming at numerous rodeos throughout Southern Afberta dur- ing Ihe summer months both for the entertainment of tourists and home- town rodeo fans alike. Allison Photo July is rodeo month in southern Alberta By GARRY ALLISON Herald Staff Writer With the beginning of July the rodeo fan has a full month of rodeo activity in front of him. Kicking off the action-packed month will be the grand-daddy of them all, the Raymond Stampede. Raymond was the scene of Canada's first stam- pede in 1902 and it's been get- ting bigger and better ever since, with the modem grandstand filled to capacity every July 1. The same day another South- ern Circuit rodeo will be taking place as Bassano. Fort Maeleod Midnight Days will be operating under a new one-day format this year in- stead of the usual two-day show. This year's aclion is slated for July 9 and will take place in one of the best rodeo arenas in western Canada. The Lethbridge and Dislrict Whoop-Up Days rodeo will be run off July 20 to 22, and is a top flight evening rodeo. Last year saw one of the best rodeos ever take place in front of the huge Lelhbridge grand- stand with a majority of the world's top riders in atten- dance. The grand- stand was packed every even- ing and rodeo director Ernie Snowden is looking for another crowd-pleasing show this year. Whoop-Up Days will feature chuckwagon racing preceding each night of rodeo action and in the rodeo itself, the bucking stock will be provided by one of the host in the business, neg Kesler. Also working the Lelhbridge show will be one of the best acclaimed announcers in Ihe business, Bill Holt. Holt, who hails from Lolo, Mont., is well known in southern Alberta as the man behind the mike at most of the Southern Circuit rodeos. The five major rodeo events will be featured at Whoop-Up Days as well as the exciting wild horse race and the ladies' barrel racing. All this infield action plus the always exciting chuckwagons will make for three nights of top-flight fam- ily entertainment in Leth- bridge. Like all rodeos, the Whoop- Up Days show relies heavily on business to help them in the trophy presentations. Director Snowden made a special point of mentioning the backers of the Lethbridge extravaganza. They are Perilch Bros. Auction Market Lid. who put up the ehuckwagon award; bull riding donalor, City Packers Ltd.; Haico-General Farm Supplies for the roping; Steer wrestling, El Rancho Motor Hotel; Leth- bridge Hotel Assn., for the bar- rel race; Ponderosa Auto and Trailer Sales Lid. for bareback bronc tiding; All around, Herb's Western Wear; wild horse race, Canada Packers Sure Gain Feeds; Southern Feeds Ltd. Is the saddle bronc donor and the hard luck award is put up by Progress Clothing Ltd. The week following the Leth- bridge Whoop-Up Days the Southern Circuit will wind up ils season at Medicine Hat. The show is slated for the July 27 to 29. Sure to be in attendance at most of Ihese shows will be some of the cowboys listed in the world standings. Las I year Lelhbridge featured eight of Ihe top 15 saddle bronc riders in the world plus many other rodeo greats. Phil Lyne, last year's world all around champion cowboy and current leader this year, attended a number of these Southern circuit shows and men like Warren Wurhtier, a top-flight roper, and Negro bill rider Myrtis Dightman have also graced southland rodeo arenas. The Canadian cc-.vboys, how- ever, do not take a back seat to their American counter- parts. In fact, a number of Canadian boys are faring well in the standings this year. Kenny McLean, a former world champion bronc rider, is presently in fifth spot in the the world all around race and the B.C. competitor is 12th in the roping listings and holds down IHh place in the saddle bronc standings. Two other Canadian bronc riders, Mel Hyland and Ivan Daines are also high in the in the world listings. Hyland is second and Daines holds down fifth spot. Allan Thorpe, In 5th place and Dale Trottier in llth are listed among the world's top 15 bareback bronc riders. John Dodds, formerly of Pon- oka and now from Pcndleton, Oregon, is in sixth in the bull riding while Cardslon's Jimmy Gladstone is in a solid lllh place position in the world calf roping race. Canadian cowboys and Can- adian rodeos are among the best. The biggest outdoor show on earth, the Calgary pede, is scheduled for July G to 15. July is a big month for rodeo In southern Alberta. Why not plan to take the family out lo a few of them? HOP test aids producers By RIC SWIIIAKT Herald Staff Writer The Record of Performance testing of swine in Alberta was officially accepted in Septem- ber 1371 and to date, there aro more than 50 breeders on the program. The ROP program was pre- pared for the Alberta Swine industry mainly for the recog- nized need by the industry for a more acceptable syslem of identifying breeding stock with superior meat product i o n. traits. More readily availabi- lity of superior breeding stock would also be advertised to lha province's swine breeders. Since lesling facilities were not being used to capacity, of- ficials felt that by offering a more comprehensive testing program, more options could be provided to better meet the needs of the industry. Four major goals were set for the program, including: provide producers o f seed stock (animals used for breeding) wilh a procedure for contemporary evaluation of the genetic improvement of economic trails in their swine herds. identify for and offer to seed stock and commercial breeders a source of superior breeding stock. provide commercial pro- ducers a basis for evaluation of their herds. support herd manage- ment practices which are in keeping with high standards of animal health. The official committee has set three standards which must be met for eligibility under the ROP program. Both' purebred and commercial breeders are eligible if they meet the stand- ards. The applicant must own and maintain a minimum herd size of five breeding sows of simi- lar background and one boar. A complete set of breeding and management records for all pigs on the farm is needed, including births, deaths, sick- ness and medicnl treatment. If the applicant wants to put some of his animals into the special testing station for judg- ment against other herd ani- mals, he must pass a mini- mum of two unannounced health inspections per year by an Alberts veterinarian. For this test, the herd must be presented with a good clini- cal appearance. Mange, a par- asitic disease of the skin and hair, must be vnder control. Overall appearance, weaned litter averages, average age to market and the number of runts in the herd are factors used raliftg the herd. Under the program four main tests are available. A performance probe and weigh home test encourages electronic probe testing of gilts. It requires that all males be- tween 170 and 230 pounds are tested. A lioar-sib test that requires two littermala boars be sub- milled lo the test station is also available. The boar performance lest also requires that Iwo liltT- male boars be submitted lo the station. The sire progeny lest re- quires that two littermales from each of four sows of simi- lar breeding background ba submilted to the lest sSalion. A test group must consist of Iwo littermate pigs from each of two sows and they must be submitted to '.he station. The responsibilities of the breeder under the program in- clude notification to the HOP advisory committee of farrow- ing dales and a one-week noli- fiction prior to Ihe date re- quesled for an electronic probo lest. The breeder must provide a suitable scale and penning fac- ilities for fast weighing of ani- mals, a restaurant devise, ade- quate assistance for the techni- cian and clean, dry facilities in which lo work.