Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 30, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
16 THE LETHBRIOGt HERALD _ Thursday, March 34, WJ In all the annals of Ihe history southern Al- berta, there seems to be nothing in the way of snow- storms lo compare with the never-to-be-forgotten May storm of 1003. That's the way the article started on the spring snowstorm of 1903. It was 2 p.m. Saturday, May 1C, that the storm appeared. A steady rain set in. The Magrath News of the time says that by 9 p.m. it was snowing hard. It was the day when Eiige Bourne. Ike Sabey, Joe Jensen and foreman By Brown had completed a four-wire fence around the Dave Smith Ranch, northwest, of town. told his men that it it snowed like that all myht, the cat- tle would drift and take the now fence with them by mornititf. Brown told them however, the fence would hold all the cattle in the country. It kept on snowing and fact it kept up for four days before there was any sign of let-up. On the fifth day the clouds broke, the sun came out and immediately the search was started for the cat- tle, horses and sheep. Peter Clark, Jack Bourne and Ah Chapman start- ed from town that morning in search of their cattle. They had good horses and each look a turn at breaking trail. Nevertheless it took them alt day to get lo a straw stack on Emit Elhert's farm about three miles.south of town, and then back again. Ev- ery oilier rancher had a similar experience. AS THE SUN'S RAYS became warmer and the snow disappeared, it was all a sickening sight. In fence corners that wouldn't give away, in coatees, by river banks and behind brush were the carcasses of cattle. Railroad Coulee was the worst trap of all. The stock had escaped the brunt the snow and wind, but soffocated in the draws. Hundreds of dead animals were found weeks afterward some as far south as Montana. Clima- lized slock stood up pretty well, but the loss on cattle jusl shipped in was terrific. Dave Smith came in April with 430 head. After the storm he only had 275 head to turn loose in the fields. Jensen Bros, had jusi unloaded caltle. Their loss was W per cent. A settler from Manitoba unloaded 125 head the day the storm hit, lie lost every head. Bob Proctor and Chipman were in the midst of spring lambing willi a herd of Well over half their flock was wiped out. The only consolation was a bumper crop the following summer Rut, it came loo lale for many who were wiped out. Thus, the history of southern Alberta is written and rewritten every few years. Nature can still strike a cruel and devastating blow, despite our technological advances of modern times. She's done it many times since 1903 in the form of snowstorms during the winter and spring and in the form of duslstorms in the summer and fall. There's many who'll say the winter of 1BG4 was as prolonged and severe as any. Then there was the Centennial Snowstorm of late April and early May when five feet of snow The past winter was severe. This spring's storm has made it that much worse. Each generation has its own listing and priority on the severity of a cold spell or a snowstorm. That's why any discussion concerning the weather is always so topical. Fanning in the spring: that sinking feeling care Rapeseed requires By RUDY HAUGENEDFIR Herald Sfalf Writer Rapcsewl is a contract cash crop because the utmost care is needed to assure quality of raw product prior to process- ing, said Bob Simmons, vice- president of Western Canadian Seed Processors Ltd. in Letli- bridge. WCSP, with a continuing ex- pansion program, will increase the number of contracts to 600 this year f'-om last year. This represents an in- crease of per cent. Hugh Michael, president o[ the company, said plant expan- sion is the reason for the in- crease of contracts. There is now a need for more raw ma- terials. Tlie c o n r a c t region for WCSP was expanded to west- ern Saskatchewan last year and is being further developed this year, said Mr. Simmons, The contract region borders the Wainwright-Vermillion re- gion, north of Edmonton and southeast to Lloydrninstcr on the A I 1) c r t a Saskatchewan border. An area southeast for 90 miles of the Alberta border to Rosctown and then south to iVio U.S. border completes the east- ern contract portion, The entire province south of Barrhead has scattered con- tract areas with the majority held in the area south of Cal- gary. There were acres contracted in thi> area last year. Irrigated Farm land is being looked at seriously for the first time this year. WSCP will hope to increase contracts on irri- gated land by 500 per cent up to acres. He said farmers will bo able to use rapesced as a rotation crop in conjunction with sugar beets and other crops, Steve Dubclz, agronomist at the Lcthbrirlge Research Sta- tion, said; the potential for growing rapeseed on irrigated land is very real. He suuggcsts a possible pounds per acre is realistic. He has had that quantity on test plots. The reason for going lo rape- seed is strictly economic, ha said. Many farmers like rape- seed because they can sell it. Mr. Simmons said WCSP is looking for a per acre average on irrigated land. Western Canada averaged 800 pounds per acre on dryland farms last year. He said with a yield of pounds per acre, seed is very competitive in ra- turns per acre with other crops grown on irrigated land. Mr. Michael said the draw- ing card for growers to pro- duce rapftseed on the irrigated land will be the availability a market for the seed. "The growers with WCSP contracts need no', worry about the export sale of rapesecd during the changeover to LTCAR he said, "The company has a ready market for all the seed corn traded, regardless of the typo. "None of the contractors wilt have a carryover." Goiter found big problem in southern unborn calves Colostrum cuts cattle loss can cut calf by 50 po r con t by k eepj tig a supply of colostrum (first milk) in live freezer, giving ex- tra care lo calves from heifers find making sure all ceivo eolo.stn.nii immediately after birth. This is the view of Dr C, Butler of the Ontario Veteri- nary CriHc-ftc' in Guolnli. HP pointed out (hat a calf's intes- tine is mo.st permeable within tltt first 30 minutes of life, and th.'jt it remains this way for proxirn.ile-ly two hours. After Nwit, its permeability drops off Lo 10 per cent m six hours, Tt has been shown HwU cessible iodine, Although many eatllemefi itso cobalt iodized salt in block form, there is doirW about whctJwr Uw cattle actually obtain tho amount of iodine tlwy rwniire from source. Present recommendA- lions (whicli may ha law') oaii for i-iO of poimd of iodized salt per brood cow per day.