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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 13, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta BIRDS HELPING INSECT CONTROL fraaer Uodgton Salute to a soldier uncle SASKATOON Put away the spray and build a bird house it can be just as effective in controlling mosquitoes. Nine elementary school teachers who took a summer science course at the University of Saskatchewan here suggest flocks of purple martins be encouraged- to nest in-the city. They recently presented Deputy Mayor Hilmer Nordstrum with purple martin bird bouse and said they hoped the city would construct 20 or 30 such bird houses around Saskatoon to attract the birds. A martin eats about mosqutoes a day. If the birds nested in they would spend between' three and four months here and each bird would eat about 000 Dr. L. D. Roberts said. Remembrance Day ser- vices are over for another year. This November 11 I thought of my Uncle Reginald. He joined the 5th Battery CFA in Regina in and got No. 1250651. He didn't get home till late and left nearly all his right leg in France. Uncle Reg was working for Dad in the garage at Swift Current before the war. I guess he thought a lot before signing up. My uncle told me he went to the shop that morning and split kindling for the office stove. But he never VANEE LIVESTOCK LTD. FORT MACLEOD and LETHBRIDGE FortMacleod Phone 234-4074 or 234-4428 Direct Line to Lethbrldge 328-1477 Dealers and Order Hogs Shjpped Wednesday and Thursday CATTLMUNIR SIMVICI We buy feeders on all markets in Alberta Contact us now for your feeder cattle. lit it. Uncle Reg went to the station and got on the train with others that were joining the Regina artillery unit. The recruits were soon moved to somewhere in then sent to England to finish training. I guess Uncle Reg was there quite a as he wrote to us kids several and was sent to the front in Late 1916. He didn't talk much about the war after he got but would a little if we came right out and asked him about different things. He died in Swift Current a few years after spending a long time walking on a cork leg. I don't remember Uncle Reg very well before the but after he came back he went to work again for our family until he got civilian RCMP employ- ment.- He lived with my grand- his and looked after her till she died in then he got married and adopted a boy WE MAKE IT EASY AT Corner 3rd Ave. and 8th St. S. Phone 327-8548 STORES WE MAKE IT SO EASY TO HAVE SAFE DRUM BRAKE RELINE Includes new lining on all four wheels We adjust brakes and inspect complete brake system mile guarantee firestone DISC BRAKE SERVICE We install 4 new front disc pads Inspect rear parking brake and brake fluid level And we inspect and repack outer front wheel bearings Rotor turning and eahper re-buildmg extra if necessary Guaranteed for miles or 24 months whichever comes first Same low price for many imports like Datsun and Toyota PAUL HENDERSON SAYS 'See til the excitement of thai fantastic Canada-Ruuia hockey Hundreds of full colour qdurn and authoritative tent that takes vou tehmd the Proliti go to Hockey Canada to help youngsters playing hockey So n s great book a bargain and a great cause1 Sec Firestone toon to avoid ditappomtmeni DAYS IN 2 per tor IhlB I full colour edition ONLY AT stone for a limiMtf nnw only Ronald. The pallbearers at his funeral were two civilian two Cana- dian Legion and two Mounties in dress un- iform. Uncle Reginald was laid away in the soldier's plot one cold October day. We often went duck hunting together on a Fri- day evening and all day Saturday. I'd plant him in a flyway in some brush and go down the creek or around a slough and scare birds his way. He was a good shot and always got his share of the game. Prairie chicken hunting in the sandhills was another outing he loved. We usually saved this for Sunday. Though it was slightly it was pret- ty safe from game wardens on our farmer friend's pasture. Uncle Reg told us a little of his days in the artillery. They were set up about two miles behind the and sent shells into the enemy lines before each big push. They also try to knock out the enemy but were nearly always a few hundred yards short of the opposi- tion fire-power. It was a come-from- behind battle till near the end of the war. The only rest was from enemy shells. The day Uncle Reg got his a bunch of soldiers were filling canteens at a well when a bjg shell landed among .'them. It was a dud but it sure sent them scattering. On ihe way back tc his captured a sniper came too close for safety. Uncle Reg just got inside the cement cover in time for a direct hit from an armour piercing shell. Uncle Reg's leg was putated at the knee. He was getting along pretty good in when a theatre seat he was sitting on broke. The doctors had to remove the rest of his badly shot-up leg. Our family were all that were on hand to meet him at Swift Current railway station. AH iiis mates had come back long or weren't due so there was no red carpet or bands out to welcome the home town soldier back. But Uncle Reg didn't to those that knew him and his soldier mates would never forget. Food production methods reviewed By DR. W. 0. HAUFE Parasitologist Lethbcidge Research Sta- tion Concern for the capacity of agricultural enterprises to produce adequate world food supplies is forcing reassessment of many- of our production systems. One of the systems under .serious review in several countries including Canada affects livestock operations. As the per capita world food supply there is a greater urgency to max- imize production. This immplies increasing which may ha ve- to be achieved at the ex- pense of quality unless new agricultural technology can increase efficiency. Livestock management is under serious study by research agencies and the industry to find methods to improve efficiency in production. Control of animal parasites is among a number of practices receiving attention in Canada and the United States as a means of max- imizing economic produc- tion of cattle. During the past two years statistical surveys have been conducted in North America as an initial step in developing rough estimates of cost-benefit ratios for established pest control practices in the cattle industry. These studies were dis- appointing since they show- ed no general agreement between different parts of the continent in the r suits of ah individual practice such as grub control under varying conditions of en- feeding prac- infection or husbandry method. _'Basic economic evaluations were frustrated by the lack of a common unit to measure all the processes of management in uniform terms of input and output for energy conversion in the whole integrated opera- tion of the production system. A program at the Lethbridge Research Sta- tion designed to interpret more accurately the interactions between a parasite and its host and the effects on production of cattle on pasture is now in its third year. It -has' provided clear evidence that single infestations dur- ing the period of measure- ment affect growth of beef cattle within widely vary- ing limits depending on the nutritional and aggregation of animals making up the herd. Values obtained so far for the influence .of horn flies on yearling heifers on irrigated pasture range from 10 to 50 per cent of the normal growth rate in the herd. Even in uniformly selected herds of the same and growth in some animals is affected by the presence of a few parasites while others appear to tolerate numbers exceeding 500 per animal. It is already obvious from these studies for the most desirable cost benefit ratios in an animal production methods of animal protec- tion will ultimately have to be designed ;