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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 17, 1919, Lethbridge, Alberta DEVELOPMENT NUMBER PAGE TWKSTY-ONE A. M. Steed, Owner of Largest Imported Shorthorn Herd In Alberta, Tells Pleasing Story HOMETHE BREED T the price land It today. A. M. Steed ot Stirling, owner ot me largest herd ot Imported Pure- bred Shorthorns In Alberta. says that irrigated land Is Iho on which to raise- cattle and- his eiperknce "f taught tin" loat thls correct. has lived twenty years In Southern Al- borla and so well satisfied with situation thai he lias recently bought Iho famous Shorthorn herd ot the Botmlo Drao Stock Kurm. trom one of the best non-Irrigated live stock larmi In With high-priced puro- Ircds, such as the aristocratic fahort- horns now found in Iho steed he.'d. it Is even morn important to study economy "of an assured supply of cheaply produced feed, fodder and forage. It so happens that Mr. Steed has two tarnis, one to the eaBl and Ihe other to the west ol Stiriins- One is Irrigated and Uio otber Is not. Tie comparative result ol a little eipen- went In the pasturing of livo henls of cattle of almost enual mimbera. Is as follows: Irrlga.ttd Pasture Much Best Son-Irrigated: Eighty-sis head ol cattle were pastured on CJO ot non-irrigated land and by fall the sec-' lion was eaten off slick and clean. head of big cat- tie pastured on SO acres of Irri- tated land which was fenced in two fields so tliat the cattle could bo chang- ed p.vory two weeks. At the end otthe iftuon the cattle on Ibe irrigated land were fatter and sleeker aud there was more srass Icil on Ihe two forty acre irrigated pastures than was left on the whole six hundred and forty acres of non-irrigated land. In tact there was enough grabs left lo pasture 10 heart of horses through the "'inter in such condition that they came off fat in the oprinj. The summary ot the einerimcnl, and a' comparison of slie of pastures and henis shows that Ihe (ceding from the Irri-ated land was worth eight limes as much per acre as was the forage on Ihe non-irrleated land, .even when the animals tad a much larger rango on tho non- irrigated land. Cost Less, Yielded More ,For comparison's sake estimate the irrigated per acre and the non-irrisated land at say per acre, with "R rental allowance of ten ner cent of" tho real, estate wlue of tho land based on ten per cent Interest on Hie Invested cnpllal.. then note tho comparison as follows: land: SO.acrca at per wjlh a tender cent "SirriEaleiiJand: per aero equals J9.600 with a len pur cent rental ol ?MO. r, Xole that the cost of'estimated ren- tal is higher and the pasture and for- land in this comparison at only J15 Ter acre, not Sbcatisc ot tho value ot this particular land but because Mr. Steed, in giving this comparison to the Herald man was IhlnWnE'ot how sometime, SUCH rinS'ln other parts of the country is offered, at that price. To place, the valiie al 520 por acre would make the noiHrrlEatcd pasture of MO acres cost Tten por cent, fental of m com-. prison with the much heller realized result from irrigated, land will) a ron- ,al value ot only.ISOO even the Irrigated land was P" crop every year and the sutistacttoa of not twins on weather tor moHture. MidWInttr Pasture A Urmer can take crop of timothy off tin liDd. then Irrigate it and within weeks pisluro It .New Yearn Iho rate ol one hejid ol per acre Then a Hlllo side-tip in favor of the irrigated stocK farm is noted In Ibe tact that the stock 10 pastured on (he irrigated hay meedows are not iold at a time the tat stock from the usual summer pastures are flooding the piarketa. Tnu3 the caltle from Ihe Irrigated pastures eel the lop price wllh absetK" ot competition (rom Iho grass ted caltle which hive to bo Bold when tat or carried all win- ter. Fat Hogs All Profit Mr Steed not yet claim to be a swine breeder but ho has a slmnje experience to tell which eclipses the result of the Experiences of many pig raisers throughout the province. Analyzed, il is summed up lo till! thai it coals him nothing to raise hofi on bis Irrigated farm. He told the Herald thai he did not teed bin These hogs were never ted ,any grain though it may be true tlr.t they fed themselves the gleanings ol the grain liclds when foraging on the stubble after harvest. During tne spring and summer they had the ran si- talfa pasture with the choice of a taste at rape sown tor their speml benefit. Oh ves, they did get the slops from Ihe cook liouse and the skim milk left over from the dairy but thai meant no expense bepausa It the cook had not this year in the New Day- uin district Is rsllniitli-d al 38.000 acres whtal. acres alts, 2.000 ncres His and about 500 acres barley. Miami Karm at the time of the of the Herald representative to New Dayton had already seeded ap- proximately 1100 acres and-tbis season they have very little winter whaat. DayJou is one of tho few towns in iioii-irrigatc.1 district that baa not shipped out cattle for feeding the list winter. Instead o! shipping their oat feed was shipped in from oilier dittruta. I'or example one tar- iiwr of the .New Dayton dHtrlcl ship- ped in a ot teed. Since Uec. 131S, about 1300 tons of hay for teed has b'jen brought In to the Xeir imytcu district. The safely first prin- ciple ot having aji ajsurance ol feed tor the herJs and flocks is one strong reeson wliy FO many ot the farmers of New Dayton district are supporting the extension of the irrigation system into their district. The following table of does no> include the grain shipped from a station four miles north nor another 7 miles south. Il clearly the seriuus effect ol a dry year in reducing the nnuninl of grain for c'xiiort and therefore shows the worth- while cdvantacc of having irrigation as a riwri-e supply of moisture In the (Continued on Page, -2) ELEBRAT "Sir Steed Nias 3000 acres of non- cast of Stirling nnd with (leslre lo concentrate M Ihe breeding ot purebreds on; Ws Irrisstcn-larni of 1100 acres 3 mile? to the west ot Stirling, he Is ofloringHho non-irrigated farm for sale. each case. Another ntlvantnse of irrhallon oh served liy Mr. Steed is Hie denser set llc.ment of farmers raising moro and heller slock bepnuae of assurance ot a wheat ior me HUH. i- eraeed at Ihe rale of 34 bushels per acre, and 1> acres of oals made an average yield tor nine ycara. ol 70 bushels per aere. The 60 acres ot 'lev were simply sown tor teed anS yields were not recorded. Tins season U-enlv acres will be sown locorn and it the" crop is sallstactory a large illo will be erected.; v The bam )s equipped with. a tiller carrier and each, flay .Ihe manure Is spread tresh on the Holds, or natures. The .valuable the manure, is returned to the land every day. 'During the winter (here Tere only six days that the weather was Bud. the manure, spreader could not be used. spreading manure- on the grouud the moisture was and preVenW irom "wont- the.chinopl! fame and me tea enabled the moisture 3 Miles West of STIRLING 4 Miles East of L7m 'ftxT LORD GLOSTER (I09ff2) was bough in'Tonmlo jor at Toronto Winter Fan 1918. He is very smooth, has lots of'weigh and deep flesh. He is the light kind of sir to leave the right kind of cattle. 20 Miles S.E. of LETHBRIDGE ae this tine farnva cattle shed 16 tt 100 It: long to u oe built '80x16 feet.- A machine shed 100 ?HORTHORNS