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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 30, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE LFTHBRIDGE HtRAlD Thursdoy, Worth 30, t973 Mac McGillivray is more than just a cattleman By JOK ItALLA Slnff Writer Master Farmer W. L. Mc- (lillLvray of Coaldale likes Aberdeen-Angus cr.ltIc. In fact, there isn't a eaHIe- man living anywhere who likes tliern better. For more yeare than "Mac11 MeCIillm-yy cares to admit, he ]ins had Angus blood in veins and his Southaven Farm east of Coaldale has been an irrigated farm showplace o soul hem Alberta. I lis black animals with (lie Scottish an- cestor y have won him more ribbons than any livestock breeder has in the country. But, "Mac" is niore than just a cat t lorn an. 1 lis farm pro- duces a variety of crops and it's a family enterprise tiio pride of the MeOillivrnys. 11 is son E i 11 has now t aken over a major portion of the farm i ng and livestock opera- t.ion.s mil) his brother Don. "Mac" senior is around in an advisory capacity and is once ngain dnbbling in favorite hobby raising Angits cattle. A son Marvin is with the queen's printer in Edmonton. The McGillivrays w i t hont Soul haven would like the Irishmen without C 1 a n c y, Trotted right, lias boon kind ami gentle. But, get a wrong colored animal on that land and it can downright na.sty. There arc few, if any, catUe- rnen who have a bettor eye prepared to surround Lite seed with compact, moist warm up Hie handles of "Mac" and "Bill." And, these names havo stuck with friend he has ever ItK'S RKSI'KCrEI) As his namesake, "Mac11 commands a high degree of respect in tris community. Added to Ibis is an outstanding reputation across Uie. count particul arly in ttve Can adian West. His eloquence, his abili- ty, his human qualities, and above all his unblemished per- sonal char acter as a lead er have made liim one of Can- ada's most piomincut highJy respected farmers of today. So his friends are proud to say; along with his neighbors and his cattle breeder oppo- nents arc pleased lo say, for "Mac" has no personal ene- mies. That is one of the reasons why he has served as president of titc Alberta Aberdeen B reede-rs Assori a Lion; vice- president of the Candian organ- and at the top level of the Southern Alberta Cattle Breeders Association. lie's a master province's most coveted farm- ing prize which carries with it a bronze plaque, farmstead identificalion marker aiul in cash. award is not come by easily, it is awarded only to worthy recipients on rec- from neighbors and friends, and this is followed by keen judging. To become a master farm fiimily, there must be outstand- ing suece-ss in farming, homc- mnking, coin- in unity work. One stipulation is that the family rmist Inve i-pent 20 yc.ai-s together work- ing as a unit in farming opei aliens. It isn't strictness or family Pternoss that made "Mac" Mc- Cillivray a ma.ster farmer. He is r-i.sy to get along with. Whan he won Ihe provincial award, he attributed part of hLs success (o tha sevcn-mern- ber Charlie Sliimoda family. By Uiat time the Shimodos hiid boon with tiie McGiUivrays for 15 years and Had Income almost a part of Lhe family of I ho master farmers. Tliey helped work t he s ugar beets and a host of other tasks were attended to by them on the 400-acre Sonthaven acreage, MANY TROPHIES By the time the McOilli- vrays were nained master far- mers, "Mac's" hand in picking .show c.iitle had him enough ribbons and tro- phies to cover tiie walls of a 17-room house. He is the first to say that discounts Koma of these prizes; lie nxm Jhein "hands down. There were few entries and a Jack of competi- tion.1' ny erf t lie ribbo ns he exrnicd, liowever the Irard way. The Calgary spring bull snfe is regarded as one of tba best in (lie nation, nt as far ns the cattlemen of western Canada are concerned. enlerrd six animvils raid were in compet.ition wilh the iK-st in (he country on one pnriiealor ofca.sion. The Onrr.dinn breeders were rm hr-nd. "Mae11 was Ihe envy of all when his blacks were trained senior champion, junior prand f'h.'imp, group of two best group of three, ll'.s no! only v-ilh black cattle tint follows the ntd sny- ''If it's worth doing, it's worth doing right. In 1951 he won (he world hard red spring wheat championship. On at least two occasions he bas boen crowned potato king of the Irri- gated lands of southern Alberta. He has held top posilions witJi tlie Alberta Seed Growei-s As- sociation, vegetable growc.rs and the Coaldale Glib. ClIRKISIinil AWAHO One of h is most eiie-ri sited prizes came in I960 when lie was named to tlic Hall of Fame of the Tnt eniati onal Ij vestock Exposition at Billings, Mont, Tills is one of the top livestock awards in North America and "Mac" represents Alberta in the exposition. The color of his winnings range from the gold i n the med al of the pota to king, presented by the Alberta Co-operative Vegetable Grow- ers Association, to tlte reds in first of his cattle at livestock shows, A Nova Scolian, "Mac" came west in on a harvesting ex- cursion. For whatever success h R may h ave h ad ditrinf c hi s earlier years hi the south coim- Ery, he gives full credit to the old time storekeepers. "I'd go lo men likn R. J, BaMry, R. B. Grccr and others in Ire says. "I didn't know wha t ki nil of a crop I was going to have, or even if T was going to hnve a crop at but many times they car- ried me with groceries and other farm necessities from spring till fall. How they did it is what puzzles In mldiMon to commercial and purebred cattle, Southaven farm in the past has produced sugar bceLs, po- tatoes, green grain crops, Alfalfa, brnme and irrigated pastures, Shortly afler the Second World Wai-, the McGillivrays embarked on an extensive land levelling project for Soutnaven. Thus exacting development had to be carried out of irrigated pastures were to become an integral p: rt of the livestock feeding and breeding opera lions on In alone the McGLlli- vrays mechanically levelled: some 70 acres of land which cost as acre to make it suitabJe for production again, The border diked imgated pa.sf iires wi II car ry thrco blacks per acre without any real problems, compared with 30 to 50 acres rcxjnired for a cow calf unit in some of the drylmd farm districLs of the south. 1VOHKASKS IIRRD The Inrnl level li n g m a (Tc It tor "Mac" to substant- ially increase his l no-head herd on (he farm. A major portion of the increase was given to breeding cows. During his time on SoutJi- nven, "Mac11 had several highly-prized animals, Bandol- ier of Winficlds was purchased from the K. P. Taylor herd in Or.tiirlo, It was the son of Ihe fanned Tolan's BainloV ier. Today tw is indocSrinntlng his young nephew about, tiic finer points of the AngiLS. Despite allcmp.st to Itold the line, the herd again totals 00 animals, with Col. W. II. Welding of Prospoet Farms Ltd., Chit., one of fhn partners. Want to starl a rjuality dcen Angus herd? "Mac" frays yen can't loo good a herd siix; and there is none so good IhaL it C'an'L better. j.s paying parJiruTnr nde.nl ion to Uic WAnLs of the A in c-ri ca n bf jy er at pres ent. i too inony ye.T rs a gft Ihat n 1.200 to pound animal wriLiMn't ho says. "Today the demand is for big animals ami Canadians have the exige. Tfw Amerleflna just liaven't the bigger Master Farmer Bill McGfllfvray expected in 1972 Canadian hog prices llirough- cnit 3972 will Ixi well abave those of last year, according to the Al- I a department of agricul- ture's 1972 preview. Roy Jlurnancn, mark cling specialist with Uie economics di vision, explains tihat Uie re- difction in Iwg pixxluction in tho Unitexl States will improve ttin North American base price, and that Cnn.idian rctluet.ioiis in marketings will contribute to this price sbuctwe. When S'in t i t ics Coiiad a re- leases its Dec. 1, J872 csli- mates, CaiKidi.nn show ;t rcdnelion of four to rix cent. Farrow- ing intentions will ateo probably be sightly dov.n from pre- vious year. Mr. J !ura says. Ca n ad r. will remain on a full export basis this year, providing Can- adian hog marketings remain at "Market Bullo on land (hiring J971 pj'oducr-tl up to GO Intshote per acre for a reiitrn otf per acre. ;