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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 12, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, November 12.1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 5 BERNIE SONNTAG INSERTS CARDS Specialists in all types of Engines ENGINE REBUILDING CYLINDER BORING AND RESLEEVING CRANKSHAFT REGRINDING WISCONSIN ENGINE and Service Centre CUSTOM ENGINE PARTS LTD. IMS-3rd Avenue South Phone 32S-S101 Computer aids farm research The computer has come of age in agricultural research in Lethbridge. Bernie Sonntag, head of the new economics group at the Lethbridge Research Station, heads a three-man professional staff to turn the powers of the computer to the aid of agricultural researchers The computer, located in Calgary and operated through a terminal at the station, is used for all data processing requirements at the station. It meets the need of statisticians, economists and scientists The role of the economics group is one of co-operation with the research scientists in evaluation of research pro- jects from an economic point of view, said Dr. Sonntag. With the help of the com- puter which provides the rapid-fire clerical work, the economists can help scientists to identify areas of research which need more work to give the best returns from an agricultural operation. For example, while com- puters are already in use in the feed manufacturing in- dustry to determine the least-cost rations ac- cording to the changing prices of various grains and hays, the research sta- tion will give more indepth information. Under the work on feeding programs with Bob Hironaka, animal nutritionist at the station, Dr. Sonntag and his staff develop computer models to find the results of feeding enroute to max- imum returns The model takes into consideration also the methods by which the rations should be handled, an example of the work through the computer Dr. Sonntag said the co- operation of commercial feedlots in addition to the feeding tests done at the research station is being sought Diets formulated by the computer will be on test with animals of different size, age and breed. He said farmers will be able eventually to use the models directly. They will be able, through a system such as CanFarm, to enter their own situation into the computer models to come up with the best ration and feeding methods to suit them. The key is to fill in gaps in present computerized systems, he said. Other types of computer models of farm businesses can be used in agricultural policy formulation. From the models, running different conditions through the computer, policy makers can deter- mine prior to legislation whether a certain policy will work or not, he predicted But even in the modern age of computers, the man developing the models and feeding information into the machines is the key to the operation. Anybody wanting to use the computer must work through a key punch operator to make sure the right data is entered in the computer system at the right time In some cases, the material received from the computer will have to be interpreted before a person can utilize the information Equestrian impresses COUTTS (HNS) The Coutts 4-H Light Horse club held their annual ban- quet and awards night with a good attendance of members, parents and donors. Guest speaker, Dee Olson with the help of three members of the Lethbridge Community College equestrian team impressed the audience, addressing 4-H members on horsemanship Erwin Thiessen accepted the position of club leader for another year and was thanked for his work dur- ing the past year. Ranchers to study silage technique The newest techniques and advantages of silage will be the topic for ranchers at the annual meeting of the Foothills Forage Co-op Association Nov. 20 in Kinsman Centre at Stampede Park in Calgary. The all-day session will include the annual meeting in the morning and the fall seminar in the afternoon. Acting deputy minister of agriculture for Alberta, Jim O'Donoghue of Ed- monton, will speak to the noon luncheon Speakers during the annual meeting include Jim Beaton, agronomist with Cominco Ltd. of Calgary, and Dale Massie, joint manager of MPCL Farms Ltd. of Calgary. Don't Let the Good Weather Fool You! WINTERIZE NOW... TRY OUR SERVICE DEPARTMENT FOR SPECIAL LIMITED TIME ONLY DEAL Scope Check Motor Check Charging System Check Battery Check Drive Belts Check Anti Freeze Check AH Levels Check Windshield Wipers Check Heater Check Block Heater 0ALL FOR 10 00' inn (TABER) Remember "We listen better end act" Ctll tor Appointment today Pkil Cnnn. Strviet Mtntgtr 223-3537 VANEE LIVESTOCK LTD. FORT MACLEOD Direct line from Lethbridge 321-1477. 234-4074.234-4428 LethbrMge 328-733] 328-3211 "Livestock Dealers and Order Buyers" Host Shipped MeneTer. mnt Thuratfqr COMPLETE CATTLEUNER SERVICE We buy feeders on all markets in Contact now for your feeder cattle._____ APEX TV SALES SERVICE Formerly ACME TV Now Under New Ownership Locilid it 535-13th St. North Phone 327-6361 "WE SERVICE MOST MAKES AND MODELS OF TV'S" We are looking forward to doing business with our pre- vious customers and welcome any New Customers. APEX STAFF Sway Peter, and Hiroahi ;