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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 30, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, Morch 30, 1972 7HE LETHBRIPGE MBIAIO 17 Research expensive game for lawn mowers Scientific research is an ex- pensive game. costs of ac- cessories and playing pieces run high, Tlie laboratory the game board where players assemble their pieces and plan t h e i r strategy. But sometimes Uio strategy Is not enough. Games can bo won or lost depending upon the quality of the playing pieces of scientific equipment vital to modern laboratories. Always, tire object is to get the results with greatest efficiency. It's the right tool at the rigW time tlial saves Urne, labor and money, Such a tool was introduced recently at the IxHh bridge Re- search Station. It's a laboratory lawn mower that has lightened the load for research support staff in tho plant pathology section under Dr. J. B. Lebcau. "Part of oirr is ronccrn- cd with ho said, "To entry out (his research, we grow test grasses in flut.s or other containers in green- houscs or growth rooms. "The grass must be clipped uniformly and regularly. "When a plant disease labor- atory maintains fllxniv 50 flats, ns docs our research station, it means a lot of hard work for technicians if (hoy have to cut the grass by Dr. Lebenu. In addition, H fakes a lot of valuable lime that conM othcr- wise be spent on research. Two mcmboi-s of t lie Loth bridge slnff with Dr. l.ebeau took a look at the prob- lem and came up with .1 tool (hat saves timn and labor. And it does a belter job than liand allowing scicn- (ists to conduct carefully con- trolled experiments, Eric Moffatt nml Dong Bligh combined their talents to de- sign find build a bench-mounted mowing xnachino to clip Uic grass. It has a 21 inch cutting reel driven by an electric molwr con- Mil khousc Building anil Equipping Ynur ouitines tlie require- ments of rnilkhouses and equip- ment which are specified in regulations under the Alberta Dairymen's Act and the Pub- lic TIenlth Regulations, It also includes some good suggestions that should be seriously con- sidered by anyone who is plan- ning to rebuild or to remodel a milkhouse. This c.'in be ob- tained from district agricul- turists and the publications of- fice of the Alberts department of agriculture, Edmonton. trolled through a foot operated safety switch. Bach flat is fed through mower on a roller mounted platform. Tho grass can be clipjpcd as low as a quarter of an inch or as high as two In- dies. A change in cutting reels, and alfalfa or clover could be trimmed by the same mncliine. 'It's a simple machine but an ingenious s-iid Dr. Le- beau. "It has cut tlie time required to trim the flats by a factor of eight. That means what used to be an eight hoirr job now takes otMi hour. "As a research tool, the mow- er can be used to study tlie tol- erance of grass to height of cut. It also gives IB unKorm stands to test resistance of var- ious grasses to d isoases such as snow ho Tlie value of tlie new inven- tion lias not passed without no- lice. Mr. Moffalt and Mr. BKgh were recently presented with a suggestion award by director Dr. E. J. Andrews. Tlie award came from the central suggestion award com- mittee of the public service. It constitutes national recognition for the contribution of the Leth- bridgc technicians. Re q u e s t s for information about the new tool are coming in Iteavy from arouod tlio world. CAPTURE THE MOOD OF THE Easter Season with bright spring and plants from FRACHE'SI .65 Azaleas "Where Originality Begfni" Frathe will fill your Eas- ier with Ihe true Joy of the season Fraehe's Bunny Special FTD Happy Foster Lilies Hydrangeas Cinnerartas Rose Bushes Priced from FRACHE'S FLOWER SHOP 321 STREET SOUTH PHONE 327-5747 TOTAL CATHIE DOWN The JjCthhridgc stock- ynrds and packing plants re- coivcd cattle during 1972 up the wook of MnrcJt 4, down from (hiring Uio siitno last year. 542 13fti St. North Lethbridge Phone 328-1151 "See the Finest Barnes in Mobile Home Living, including: SAFEWAY EMPBtOR JUPSTER AQUARIOUS MINI-TWINS DOUBLE-WIDES 14'x64' 3 BEDROOM EMPEROR Completely furnished1 NOW ONLY BEDROOM SAFEWAY Completely furnished NOW ONIY Phone ERNIE KOVACS, KARL WILDE or TOM SELNES at 328-1151 "Call Sidnrskfs and Call Your Homo Your Otw" Northern's Air Conditioned, Rest Room Equipped Aquila Departs June 26th from Lethbridge To Disneyland los Angeles Son Frastdsce Las Vegas For 15 fun ftlfot! cloys and 14 nights Fare per person Transportation and Accommodation Family Rotes available Limiled number of tickets avnrlabfe Phone Steve KoJch 327-3536 NORTHERN BUS LINES LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA ;