Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 28, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
_ VOL 1 NO. 19 TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 1972 PAGES 1-16 Foothills Forage Association formed By HIC SWniART of The Herald A farmer rancher self-help group has been established for improvements to range, pasture and forage operations in south- western Alberta. The Foothills Forage Associa- tion, according to secretary- treasurer Ernie Nimitz of Cal- gary, is designed to tell produc- ers how to get more out of their forage operations, not to tell them what to do. He said the association will offer members a total manage- ment system applicable from native range operations through to complex fully automated for- age harvest systems. The boundaries of the associa- tion reach from the Waterton River north to Sundrie and from the Rocky Mountains to east of Highway 2. About 16 per cent of Alberta's cattle graze in this region. A provisional board of direc- tors has been formed with rep- resentatives from six districts. Art McKinnon of Calgary, Ar- nold Jones of Balzac and Alvin Kumlin of Cochrane represent Calgary. Ian Watt of Cremona and Horst Wirsig of Carstairs represent Olds; Bill Des Barres will represent the Lethbridge district; Hugh Lynch Staunton of Lundbreck, Pincher Creek; Sherm Ewkig and Orrin Hart, both of Claresholm, will repre- sent their district and Lloyd Wambcke and Carmen King, both of High River, will repre- sent their district. Four members at large on the board include Alex Johnston of the Lethbridge Research Sta- tion and Larry Welsh, Doug MaeKenzie and Mr. Nimitz, all of Calgary. Mr. Nimitz said the associa- tion offers members direct as- sistance in the form of farm visits by a fieldman to assist with forage inventory and to discuss management problems. The association will press for updating research information on forages which will be distri- buted to the members in a use- able form. He said information regarding producer demon stration pro- jects will be compiled and inter- changed between members. Mr. Nimitz outlined a ID- point program open to all mem- bers, including: general forage informa- tion service in the form of printed matter; forage information ser- vice that will use existing re- search data on forages and feeding systems. This informa- tion will be documented and provided upon request after analysis by the association; demo nstration projects of fieldscale proportion are open to members for ob- servation; of effort be- tween government and private industry for planning research plots, financing'projects and re- leasing information on research projects for more efficient in- vestment; inventories that will allow an assessment of where livestock men stand in a pounds- of-bcef-per-acre approach to for- age operations. Members will be encouraged to reach the maximum level for the goal; of information and use of budgets to attain the planning of fencing, brush control, water development, re- grassing, pasture rotation and winter feed supply programs necessary to be able to produce beef economically; development of a com- pletely integrated plan of man- agement for forage and cattle for an individual producer. Fi- nancing for such a forage layout program would range from 50 cents to per acre and be paid for by the produc- er involved; in o b t a i ning credit for individual producer members; of a step-by- step program to encourage young people to become more interested in forage and feed production. This would be an educational program; and and ap- proval of research projects that are producer oriented. This would assure that the member gets the most for his research dollar. Mr. Nimitz said membership in the association costs per year. Old Man Winter bites at Old Man River als ne! iugli price Qiemstor for damp grain A capacity crowd attended the Third Annual Canadian Sim- mental Association Sale, the "Canadian" at Calgary Nov. 111. The 103 lots of pure and per- centage Simmcntal cattle brought a total price of 850, averaging Thirteen purebred Simmental calves were sold; G bulls av- eraged and 7 heifers av- eraged TP Ranch, Es- tovan, Saskatchewan paid the top price of for a S' Rangus Ranch, Hancy, B.C. an- imal. Neal Collison, Caroline, Alberta paid the top price of for a pure heifer out of the bull Bar 5 Stretch. The heifer was consigned by Bar-5 Simmental Breeders Ltd., Bran- don, Manitoba. Two thrce-qimrlcr bred heif- ers sold for a total price of with Rio Vista Farms, San Antonio, Texas pnying for Ihe purchase of lot 17 from Wil- liams Family Farms, Cardston. David Stafford, Holland Centre, Ontario paid for lot 15 consigned by KR Ranches (1970) Ltd., Leduc, Alberta. Thirty-two three-quarter hcif- or calves brought a total of or an average of with top price of being paid to Bar Eleven Simmental Ranch, Calgary by Rio Vista Farms, San Antonio Tex.is for a Bar 11 Ucli heifer out of a Parisicn dam. In the half blood bred heifer group, 56 animals were sold for averaging Top price in this category went to Robert Mann, Piapot, Saskat- chewan whose bred Bismark heifer was purchased by Geor- gia E. Brown, Calgary for 900. Chemslor, the only organic acid grain preservative avail- able in Alberta, is being recom- mended for preserving damp grain intended for livestock or poultry feed. Chcmstor treated grain cannot be sold through an elevator. Manufactured by Chcmccll, Chcmslorc will preserve grain that is harvested with a high moisture content for at least nine says Larry Garcau of the Alberta plant in- dustry division. The grain can be stored in an ordinary grain bin, providing it is lined with polythene. The grain is free flowing and can be taken from one storage bin and put into another. It can also be ground or rolled and mixed with dry grain if it is to be stored for only a short period. Because Chems'.or consists of acetic and proprionic acid, both of which occur naturally in di- geslive juices, the treated grain is completely safe to feed and does not affect milk or moat qualify. In addition to ils value as a preservative for high moisture grain, Chemstor has a nutritive value.