Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 16, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE IFTHBRIDGE HWAID Tufsdoy, May 16, 1972--------------------------------------------------------- Rodeo life all in the family in south Alberta circuit By GAItltY ALLISON ilcrald Starr Writer Ilodeo is Iniely a family sport. Fathers, mothers, sons ;md daughters can all compete at Ihe same rodeo, giving the family a new and total kind oC togetherness, Southern Algeria Roping nnd Riding Club certainly provides a perfect means for a family outing with a keen interest in rodeo. Close to 100 members, many family units like the Mande-villes and Van Cleaves, converge on the eight towns that harbor clubs here in south Alberta. SARRC has been operating for nigh on 20 years, and this year is under the leadership of Wrentham's Ted Bratncr. Vice-president is Dale Mortenson of Raymond, while Sharon Krause of Skiff is the secretary. The club's first competitions are slated for May 13 at Raymond and May 14 at Cardston. Events will be calf roping and (earn roping, while boys under 15 and the ladjcs will compete in the fast-monng barrel racing. Each contestant will get two chances to show his stuff and a winner will be declared in each event at all the club's meetings throughout the year. The season's standings arc tabulated on a points system and trophies are awarded at a yearend banquet to the champions in cac hevent. Many 'of pro rodeo's top ropers compete in a special section within the club. Names like Mandeville, H a r a g a, Gladstone, linger, Aldoff and Therman have been seen in action at these club get to-BBtliers, The club Is a gathering of friends with a desire to pursue Uieir favorite hobbies of roping and horsemanship and provides an enjoyable way to spend the summer weekends. Other upcoming SAARC are slated for: Taber, Veteran Warren May 211 Warner, June 17; announce the SL; Writing-On-Slonc, June IB; Del show and Lire Vol Bonita, June 24; Ilgihway 61 supply the action. July 16 and Lclh- bridge on July 23. Harold Mandev year old veteran, Taber is the scene of the the Canadian rodei first professional rodeo on the far in 1972. The aJ southern circuit, an recently took Taber has been a hot bed of from Kamloops wi rodeo action since the early the roping and a J 1900s, and May 21 and 23 will steer wrestling, f see the renewal of North plus he picked up America's most exciting sport, earlier in the ye Reg Kesler will once again find the Mandev be supplying the stock, and brimming. Uie man behind Ihe mike wiU Another vet, P be Montana's Bill Holt. bar, leads the bull Another southern Alberta Kenny McLean is rodeo, while not on the south- all around, the on em circuit, is slated for Slave- to date, and the Iy on May 19 and 20. ling. Here arc the standings as of May 1st: SADDLE BRONC Mel Hyland, Surrey, B.C Kenny McLean Vemon B C will avcly indoor H Stock will ille, the- 46 is the talk of 3 circuit thus miable veter-home th a tliird in second in the idd Die at Edmonton ar, and you ille couffers [ocky Rocka-riders, while leading the ly one listed steer wrest-. 729 360 395.46 383.63 865.07 846.81. 437.58 433.95 830.80 639 59 van Dailies. Innisfail RIDING Rocky Rockabar Medicine Hat Hutchison, Cremona Dave Garslad Calgary ROPING Jim Gladstone Cardslon Reber Bowtlon ITaraga Skiff WRESTLING Kenny McLean, Vernon, B.C 781 50 C Lund, Taber McPeak Nanton 647.18 598.56 551.03 Todd, Wood Mountain, Sask. Harold Mandevillc Lellibridge Ultrasonics measure hogs Ultrasonic equipment Is be- ing put to use in Canada to evaluate the carcass qualities of living hogs and without distress to the animals. Carcass evaluation by means of ultrasonics (high frequency cound waves that are inaudible to the human ear) is playing an increasingly bigger role in the record of perform a n c e gwine testing program in Uiis country. So far, the livestock division of the Canada department of agriculture has acquired 11 son- ic measuring instruments. An- other 12 are being used by pro- vincial departments of agricul- ture. J. M. Mundy of the livestock division's swine ROP section is enthusiastic about this method of live animal assessment, Breeders in the United Slates of our biggest markets for Canadian breeding stock- arc involved extensively in son- ic measurement. H is expected that (lie U.S. will eventually do mnnd sonic measure merit of all hogs before llicy put cash on l.hc line. Ultrnsnnic equipment is also used extensively in Sweden, Bri- tain and Germany. Tn tests at llnindon, Man., the Konic equipment proved to be CO per cent accurate in measur- ing the lean meat in a pig's loin area aud 94 per cent accurate In measuring backfal thickness. The equipment used, by the livestock division and many of the provinces in the ROP swine testing program takes measure- ments by beaming high fre- quency sound into a live ani- mal. The sound echoes back, and Uie time lapse from "shout" to "echo" is measured. The echo returns faster when the sound travels through fat, slow- er when it travels through lean Ilesh. In this way, a trained person can take several measurements from the loin area of a hog and translate the readings into an amazingly accurate sketch of the shape of the loin. Experts have shown that measurements of backfat can be used to assess the total per centagc of lean meat in a IICR: becau.se the loin is one of the most valuable cuts of meat (pork chops are made from the sonic equipment ;uld.s anollier important reading. The backfat probe has been nble lo measure fnt along tho spinal area of hogs within one- tcnlh of an inch; the sonic cqnipmenl, which measures in millimeters, has an accuracy of one twentieth of an inch and can be adjusted to give read- ings to a hundredth of an inch. The equipment is lightweight, nigged and ideally suited to measuring Tat and lean In livo animals. It can easily be car- ried into farms as an inspector makes his rounds. "We can train a man lo be- come an operator within a three week says Mr. Mundy. "Really, the training involves more understanding about the anatomy of hogs than it does Ihe operation o[ the equipment. "For example, the operator must know what a loin looks like, otherwise he's not going to know if he's reading lean meat from the loin, fat above the loin muscle or bone below the muscle." LETIinRIDGE-COALDALE The Lethbridgc-Coaldale 4-11 Beef Club held its April meet- ing at the United Church Hal] in Coaldale, April 17. Gary Hranac and Cllfl Hohncr lead the club in tho pledge. Answer to roll call was any part of a beef animal. Reg Osmond gave a report on tho calf lour. After much discussion it was decided to change 4-H uni- forms. The ham sign from last year will be usod again. Mr. Sugimoto asked the mem- bers to take part In an ex- change program which nil ngreed lo. CLUB REPORTER Rick Hranac MEL HYLAND saddle bronc leader Spruce trees change spots because of climate and bugs Dy BOB LYONS Dislricl Agriculturist Pinclicr Creek Not claiming to be an expert on anytlung, especially Horti- culture, I will now try to ex- plain why most of the Spruce trees in town and out in the country arc turning cither red, brown or are dead. First of you live in the wrong part of the country for growing good trees. I always envy the country around Red Deer for the variety and quan- tity of good healthy trees. Wouldn't want to live there though, I'd just like to have their trees. Our Spruce trees last sum- mer were hit by a severe infes- tation ot Gall Aphids. These lit- tle devils b've in a home that is similar in appearance to a pine cone. In the summer it Is green then turns purple and finally after the apbids have done their damage and the lite cycle is completed, turn brown and hard like a pine cone. If you look close you will see small holes through, as this is where the aphids made their escape. It will be about half Uie size of your linger and located at the end of the branches. Go lake a look, I'll bet you will find some. These should be picked when green during the summer and bumed. The tree should be sprayed two or three times with "mahithion" or clsn the trunk painted with "cygon." Anyway, these critters weak- ened your tree and therefore the tree was not healthy when it went into the winter. After a winter like that one, some fence pust-s arc even (lying. Day after day of hard winds coupled with bright days with the sun reflect- ing off the white snow has burn- ed many trees right up. Prob- ably some of the lower branches are green because they were protected by a cov- ering ot snow. The upper bran- ches are green because they were protected by a covering oJ snow. The upper portion looks like your Christmas tree did after you threw it out. There is nothing that you can do to correct the situation. Tha damage has been done and only time will tell whether your tree or trees will grow up again or din In most cases the older trees have a good root system and they will probably pull through once the sap starts running. Cardston fanners name slate CAIIDSTON (HNS) The Cardston Agricultural Society was reorganized at the recent annual meeting. New olliccrs are: Reid K e a r 1, president; Michael Shaw and Bill Reeder, vice- presidents; Mrs, Mildred Jen- sen, secretary treasurer. A separate committee win will be organized for the fair. The rodeo committee has Joined the 14 town Chinook Rodeo Circuit. The amateur rodeo will be held June 23 and 24. There will be a trail ride June 23. Kelvin Jensen is the chairman. To add interest a queen contest and saddle raf- fle are being planned. MILK QUOTA Albert milk producers voted In March to enter a federal- provincial market sharing plan which would put quotas on the province's milk production. Tho plan became effective in the province on April 1. Tn a pleb- iscite of Ihe milk producers, voled for the plan and against, with 37 spoiled voles.