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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 19, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta  - THE UTHBRIDOI HERALD - Friday, March 19, 1971 IiYimIiI If 06 PRODUCERS can expect gradually improved prices * * throughout 1971. The price increases are not likely to be dramatic according to a release from the Alberta department of agriculture's marketing and statistics branch, but will still be a welcome relief, from the price erosion of the past year. Producers should not look for substantial increases through March or April, but the outlook for the remainder of the year is encouraging. The Dominion Bureau of Statistics estimates the peak In the hog production cycle has been reached, with the number of sows farrowed or to farrow between December, 1970 and May 1971, up three per cent over 1969, but down from the 14 per cent increase in 1970. The quarterly forecast of hog marketings estimates that from January to the end of March, the number of hogs marketed will be up 23 per cent over the same period in 1970, at 194,000 head per week. April-May-June marketings are expected to average 181,000 head weekly, a 12 per cent increase over the same period in 1970. The last half of the year, average weekly marketings are calculated to decline to 154,800, a drop of 14 per cent from the previous quarter and 10 per cent below 1970 marketings for the same period. Marketings of 155,000 weekly would be below the level experienced in the first quarter of 1970, when prices averaged $35 per hundred weight Pork consumption during 1970 responded favorably to lower retail prices and the efforts of retailers and pork promotion groups to merchandise additional pork. Domestic disappearance of pork increased by 10 per cent last year. Although a similar increase cannot be expected this year, pork should continue to move in good volume in response to attractive prices to consumers. Agri-business calendar March 20-26 - Olds - Pesticide-herbicide applicators train-March 22 - Bass aiio - Home landscaping workshop March 22-26 - Walsh - American Breeders A.I. school ing school March 22-23 - Lethbridge - Annual meeting and short course - Alberta Branch Canadian Seed Growers Association March 21-25 - Lethbridge - Annual seed fair and machinery show March 24 - Claresholm - Unif arm meeting March 24-25 - Foremost - Rural leadership course March 24 - Brooks - Agricultural chemicals meeting (herbicides, insecticides and livestock insecticides) March 25 - Lethbridge - Grain marketing short course March 25 - Coaldale - St Mary River Irrigation District annual meeting March 26 - Bow,Island - St. Mary River Irrigation District annual meeting March 26 - Lethbridge - AIC meeting - Dr. Spedding of Hurley, England March 27 - Lethbridge - The Beef Industry in the '70's seminar March 29 - Picture Butte - Lethbridge Northern Irrigation District annual meeting March 29-Apr. 8 - Edmonton - Farm and ranch show and machinery exhibition March 30 - Red Deer - Alberta Commercial Egg Producers annual meeting March 31 - Edmonton - Alberta Egg and Fowl Marketing Board meeting March 31 - Claresholm - Horticulture seminar - landscaping, lawns, gardens, etc. March 31 - Brooks - Eastern Irrigation District annual meeting March 31 - Taber - Taber Irrigation District annual meeting March 31-Apr. 2 - Lethbridge - Spiring bull show and sale March 31 - Lethbridge - Hereford show April 1 - Lethbridge - Sale of Hereford bulls April 2 - Lethbridge - Show and sale Aberdeen Angus bulls in Changes beef disease regulations PRIZE CARCASS - Adrian Huvenaar* and his wife of Hays, accept the grand champion trophy for the best carcass at the 1st annual Lethbridge Spring Swine Sale and Show, from Bill Olafson, manager of southern Feeds Ltd. Wallace Orr of Fort Macleod took first place for the group of three carcasses. Mr. Huvenaars' carcass, a 164 pound Yorkshire, sold for $85. The average sale price on the carcasses was $27.47 per hundred weight. Q LETHBRIDGE RESEARCH STATION Cooling growing crops 20TH ANNUAL Lethbridge Spring Bull Sale THURS. AND FRI., APRIL 1 and 2 Exhibition Pavilion Lethbridge, Alberta 300Of me RIGHT BULLS from TOP BREEDERS in the RIGHT FIT . . . working condition at the RIGHT PRICE ... fit your pocket book 211 HEREFORD - 89 ABERDEEN ANGUS CLaui Tiima Hereford Show, Wed., Mar. 31 at 7 p.m. 9I10W I IIFie Aberdeen Angus Fri., Apr. 2 at 9:30 a.m. CmIa Tiima Herefords sell Thort., Apr. 1 at 9:30 a.m. 3UK I lme Aberdeen Angus sell Fri., Apr. 2 at 1 p.m. AUCTIONEERS KEN HURLBURT JOE PERLICH Lie. 274 Lie. 285 Fort Macleod, Alberta Lethbridge, Alberta HOT DINNER SERVED 11 A.M. TO 1 P.M. PAVILION ROTUNDA SALE SPONSORED BY Southern Alberta Cattle Breeders' Association SALE CONDUCTED BY Lethbridge & District Exhibition For catalogues write, The Secretary, Box 477, Lethbridge, Alberta E. H. Hobbs, Agricultural Engineer The continuing demand for higher yields and increased labour efficiency in producing crops under irrigation has led to innovations and improvements in both equipment and operating techniques. Some of these innovations are mechanical and may be applied wherever crops are grown. Others may involve the physiological processes of the plant and their effects may vary from one climatic area to another. One recent innovation is the use of sprinkler irrigation for cooling the plant and its surrounding environment. In California and elsewhere this practice has been used to improve the yield and quality of crops. Believing that some of the more sophisticated sprinkler irrigation systems in southern Alberta could be adapted for cooling crops, we at the Research Station at Lethbridge set out to learn what effects cooling might have on some crops grown commercially in the area. For the past three years we have been cooling growing crops of potatoes and beans by low  volume, frequent sprinkling whenever* the air temperature exceeded 80 degrees F. We have found that it is quite easy to maintain the temperature within the plant canopy below 80 degrees F even on days when maximum air temperatures are in the mid - 90's. Soil temperatures are also reduced by sprinkling but to a much lesser extent. Humidity in the plant surroundings is increased during the cooling water application. Our results to date have shown that cooling the crop environment by sprinkling has not led to increased yields nor has it produced any significant improvement in quality. The well - irrigated but non-cooled plots yielded equaly well. The study of crop-cooling is complex and involves many aspects of crop production. We shall continue our investigations, but to date we cannot recommend crop - cooling as a profitable practice. 4-H club news RAYMOND The monthly meeting of the Raymond 4-H Beef dub was held at the Raymond Elementary School. The meeting was called to order by Theresa Kaupp, president. Roll call was taken, and each member answered by giving the length of his calf. The secretary and treasurer gave their reports. Old business was discussed, and new business was brought up. The annual Curling Bonspiel will be held April 12, the fee is $2.00. The pancake supper was held Feb. 22, at the United Church Hall in Raymond. The evening was a success, and was enjoyed by all who attended. Roll call for next month will be to recite the 4-H Grace. Chapter 2 of the project books is to be read, and the questions following the chapter are to be answered. The meeting was then adjourned. ANNEMARIE SCHEFTER -Reporter. LETHBRIDGE-COALDALE Speak - offs for the public speaking were held recently by the Lethbridge - Coaldale 4-H Beef Club. The winner was Connie Ha-zuda. Runners up were: Karen Brecka, Cheryl Tokariuk and Pat Boulton. The winner, Miss Hazuda will compete in the 4-H clubs district finals speak - offs to be held April 8, 7:30 p.m. in the Gas Company auditorium in Lethbridge. Judges for the event here were Fred Krokosh, Lethbridge and Harry Patching of Wilson Siding district. The leader of the Lethbridge-Coaldale 4-H Beef club is Nim Sugimoto. Assistant leaders are Mrs. Jack Bond, Ken Smith, Mrs. John Vaselenak and Don Boulton. Every youngster in the club was given the opportunity to give a one minute speech. These talks were presented at meetings in the 1970-71 season. The competitors in the local speak - offs each delivered five minute talks and a one minute impromptu speech. For the latter they had three topics to choose for the talk. READYMADE The regular monthly meeting of the Readymade 4-H beef club was held at the Ready-made School. All members were present. The meeting was brought to order by Vice  President, Wendy Miller. Dorothy Kaval lead us in the pledge. Roll call was taken by each member giving one tour Sherry Hruska, read the minutes from the last meeting. The treasurer's report was then given. We Had our public speaking eliminations this month. The judges were Dave Hogg, Art Hastings, and Dave Toombs. Chris Pearson topped first with Hank Korthious, second. Chris and Hank will now compete in the finals. Good Luck, boys!! Runners up were Gwen Miller and Bonny Stanko. After the public speaking eliminations, we had some discussion on a tour. The meeting was then adjourned and lunch was served. BONNY SJ ANKO-reporter TIMBER TRAILS The regular meeting of the Timber Trails 4-H club was held at the Cowley Community Hall recently. President Nancy Crayf o r d called the meeting to order with the singing of O'Canada and the reciting of the 4-H pledge. It was decided to order crests for the club. Guest speaker, Mrs. Marr of the Whispering Pines 4-H clothing club, gave advice for conducting a good meeting. She also spoke to the clothing club on proper sewing techniques. Mr. Lyons, our district agriculturist, was present and showed a film entitled 4-H in Alberta. The next meeting will be held April 4 at the Cowley Hall. DONNA MURPHY-reporter Low-fat milk gains popularity Non-fat or low-fat milk Is still growing in popularity in Lethbridge and Medicine Hat, according to figures released from the Dominion Bureau of Statistics. Consumption of these is increasing faster than -the figure for all milk. Combining the two cities, the figures show total fluid milk consumption in 1970 increased five per cent over 1989, to 6,-316,000 quarts. But of this quantity, 2,724,000 quarts were two per cent milk, an increase of 12 per cent. Skim milk sales were only 187,000 quarters, up seven per cent, and buttermilk 93,000, up 16 per cent. Over all of Canada, all milk sales were up three per cent, but two per cent milk was up 13 per cent. The Canada department of agriculture has announced changes in regulations in order to prevent the spread of two livestock diseases into Canada from the United States. The two diseases are anaplas-mosis and bluetongue and,can be spread by cattle, sheep and goats. The regulations being changed fall under the authority of the Animal Contagious Diseases Act which is administered by the Health of Animals Branch. During 1968 an outbreak of anaplasmosis was successfully eradicated from infected herds in Canada and no outbreak of bluetongue has ever been known to occur in Canada. To maintain this freedom from anaplasmosis in cattle, it is now mandatory that health certificates which accompany cattle, other than those destined for immediate slaughter, imported from the United States meet the amended Canadian import regulations. These regulations now require that the health certificate be signed or endorsed by a veterinarian of the United States Agricultural Research Service. The certificate must cover three points. That all of the cattle in the herd of origin have been inspected within 30 days of the date of exportation and that no clinical evidence of anaplosmo-sis was found. That, to the knowledge of the veterinarian, anaplasmosis has not existed in the herd of origin for a period of two years immediately preceding the date of exportation. That the animal has been subjected to a specified laboratory test for anaplasmosis with negative results within 30 days of the date of exportation. An animal reacting to the specified laboratory test for anaplasmosis is an indication of infection in the herd and this would preclude the importation into Canada of any cattle from that herd. To prevent the possible introduction of the disease known as bluetongue by sheep and goats, imported from the United States for purposes' other than immediate slaughter, the ac- companying certificate shall be signed by a veterinarian of the United States Agricultural Research Service. The certificate must cover Utfee points: That each animal and its flock of origin has been subjected to veterinary inspection and found free from any evidence of bluetongue. That, to the knowledge of the veterinarian, bluetongue has not existed in the State from which the animal originated during a period of 12 months prior to the date of exportation. That the animal has been subjected to a specified labora- SPEAKER - J. W. Madill, general manager of the Alberta Wheat Pool In Calgary, will be e featured speaker at a grain marketing short course to be held March 25 in the Lethbridge Exhibition Pavilion. Mr. Madill was raised on a grain farm in the Foremost district, graduating from the University of Alberta In 1956, with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in agricultural economics. Since that time he has been involved In various capacities until his recent appointment with the Wheat Pool. Mr. Madill will speak on The Function of the Line Elevator and Terminal System. The short course is part of Agri-rama Week, March 19-27. tory test for bluetongue with negative results within 30 days prior to the date of exportation. Marketing commissioner in Europe H. J. Hargrave, Alberta's marketing commissioner, left Edmonton recently, enrouto to London and the first leg of a market exploration trip to Eur* ope. Mr. Hargrave will travel from London to Brussels, where he will visit the headquarters of the European Common Market. Government officials feel that with the possibility of the United Kingdom and Ireland joining the ECM, it is an opportune time to assess the trade pot-terns which may occur and as they will affect Alberta. During March he' will visit the capitals of several countries and will wind up the tour by attending a meeting of the Organization for European Co-operative Development in Paris in early April. Irrigation Equipment Rainbird-Buclcner and Raintrol Sprinklers Don't start the semen with worn out sprinkler heads, trade for new ones. $1.50 trade-In allowed (for limited time) BEFORE BUYING YOUR SPRINKLER IRRIGATION EQUIPMENT, CHECK MAJOR'S ATTRACTIVE PRICES We use the best ALCAN aluminum tubing Major Irrigation Co. 2125 2nd Avenue South PHONES 327-5455, 327-552S Why Rp-Neet � Selective Herbicide gives you the best weed control in sugar beets You get sure control of most grasses and broadleaf weeds when you mix Ro-Neet in the soil before planting or. inject Ro-Neet at planting. Thfs way you don't gamble on rain or have to irrigate to make your herbicide work. Ro-Neet is in the weed seed germinating zone, destroying weeds as they sprout. Rain or shine you control weeds without loss of action from sun,, wind, erosion or rain runoff. Liquid Ro-Neet 7.2E is easy to apply1 and control the tough weeds... nutgrass, nightshade, barnyardgrass, wild oats, redroot pigweed, lambsquarters and many others. Thinning and blocking is less costly, easier and more accurate, including electro-mechanical thinning. Get your sugar beets off to a good start for bigger yields. See your local supplier now for Ro-Neet. Stauffer Chemical Company of Canada, Ltd. Distributed by: Chipman Chemicals Limited MQMesL&WamUtorL. ^Winnioea 972?33 ;