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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 16, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta ------------Tuesday, May 16, 1972 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 25 Grain farmers may benefit from chemical study j j (Reprinted from The Western Producer) Research in chemical preser- vatives at the University of Al- berta may have many benefi- cial effects for Die province's grain farmers. The university and industry arc engaged in an inter discip- linary research project to as- certain the effects of chemi- cal preservatives on the stor- age of moist grain. The research findings have been encouraging this far. The chemical preservation of damp grain has prevented spoilage and animals fed damp grain ra- tions have experienced no harmful effects. In ficial effects have been discov- ered and the product is now available commercially. One of the professors involved in the research is Dr. L. P. ligan, professor, department of animal science, faculty o[ agri- culture. Dr. Milligan became interest- ed in the chemical preservative research approximately three years ago. At that time he was studying the feasibility of using short chain fatty acids in ani- mal rations. "We discov e r e d European countries used propionic acid- similar to the acid found in vinegar la preserve damp grain and felt the short-chain fatty acids would do the same said Dr. Milligan. "Studies conducted at the Olds Agricultural College last year indicated Uiere was a def- inite advantage of feeding damp grain rations (o feed-lot Dr. Milligan stated. "There was more saleable meat on the car- cass of animals fed these ra- tions." The preservative process had to be approved by the food and drug directorate before produc- tion began commercially. Since the short-chain acids occur nat- urally through metabolic pro- cesses, there is no rise to pollu- tion or residue and is complete- ly safe. The use of damp grain ra- tions eliminates the process of milling the grain as it can be used in a rolled form. This is economically important to those farmers feeding (heir own ani- mals. Dr. Milligan is optimistic about the economic advantages of the chemical preservative re- search: 'Farmers need not be as con- cerned about dampness when they arc harvesting, opening up Farm law seminar May 23 to 27 A special farm law seminar will IK held at the Banff Cen- tre May 2.1 lo 27. The four-day residential sem- inar has been arranged by the University of Alberta and the department of agriculture lo study aspects of the laws that are of concern in agriculture. It is designed for district agriculturists, district homo economists, farm organization field staff and all people who assist and advise farmers and runclievs. The program wili consist of lectures, case study discussions and Rroirp discussions led by members of the faculty of law at the U of A. Advance registration with the director of the department of extension at the U of A is required. the possibility of harvesting a few days earlier." In addition grain will be saved from shattering in the harvest- ing machinery because if is gathered when it is damp. Dry grains tend Lo shatter. The pos- sibility of growing different va- rieties of grain is also appar- ent. 'Because damp ness is less important, fanners may be able to grow later maturing varieties of grain in Alberta's short growing Dr. Mil- ligan added. Of greatest importance to the small farmer is the possibility of ci'lling down on machinery costs. Dr. Milligan foresees peo- ple entering the business of con- (racfing lo harvest farm crops. "They will be able to work 24 hours a day because the har- vesting will not be held up by damp crops. This means farm- er's capital will not be lied up in Dr. Milligan said. It has liecn found, that the chemical preservative process is effective for all grains, if the preservative is adjusted lo the level of moisture in the grain. The university and indus- trial workers have tested wheat, barley, oals, rape and corn. The process U normally car- ried out when (lie grain is dumped from the combine into Uie storage hin. Chemical pre- servation inhibits spoilage and overheating and is less costly than the commercial drying process. Working with Dr. Milligan on damp grain rations is Dr. B. A. Young, professor, department of animal science. "No Sales Tax' in these prices FARM SPECIAL I2v 50 amps. G.P.24C. 24 mo. vunr. ov 115 ampi. G. P. 36 mo. war. 12v 70 amps. P.P. 24c. 36 mo. war. 12v 110 ampl. G.P. 24c 60 mo. war. LETHBRIDGE BATTERY CO. 217 12lh St. V Soulh Phone 327-5587 Diitribulon of HART GLOBELITE DEtCO THAT'S YOU! Come Judge For Yourself! SMART DEALERS SELL PROWLER TERRY FOR THE SAME REASON SMART BUYERS BUY PROWLER TERRY THE REASON QUALITY NOW FULLY C. 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