Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 3, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
THE LETHBR1DG6 KfRAlO Tvoidoy O 1, Land management branch settles crown-owned assets The land management branch of I lie Albert a department of is set up to admin- ister all the crown land Falling within the boundaries of the SI, Mary River Irrigation District and the Bow River Irrigation District. Sliirg l.-ee, irrigation land for the department, said the branch is designed to tnake sure the government land is going to people wlw will make the best use of it. Formed in 19M as a land settlement program, it was set up with a prime objective of getting people on the crown land, first OR a method of allow- ing veterans to establish them- selves anil secondly for other qualified farmers to establish viable farm units. As manager, Mr. Lee may acquire and hold any estate or interest in land and hold that land in trust for the crown in right of Alberta. He can .sell, lease or otherwise deal with any real property to a person and make loans to pay any pros- pective owner for the purchase of buildings, building material, livestock or farming equip- ment. Another responsibility of the land manager is the recording of water right payments. He records the name of the land owner, a short description of the land, the amount of the water right payment and the amount paid and or owing. knig within the frame- work of the branch is an acl- visorv committee with repre.s- from the Albert a of aprieul'urc, Cai'uhi department of agricul- ture, the Veterans' Land Act, a person experienced in im- gution farming and all the dis- trict agriculturists in the af- fected areas, The work of I he a d vis ory committee includes acquiring and pricing available land, se- lection of sel tiers, assistance in planning a farm program and examining the progress of the individual settlors. The majority of the settlers in the SMRIH were placed on lands in the Taber district dur- ing 1051 to Iflss and in the Grassy Lake and Medicine Hat district from J97f4 to IStjT. From 1957 to 1WO, Kinds were alloted in the Bow River Irrigation District. By 19tj 1 most of the allot- ments had been completed, said Mr. Lee. A total of 325 settlers had been placed on the land, including 100 veterans of the Second World War. The average- size of the al- lotments in SMUID is 400 acres and in the BlUD. 700 acres. There are about L35 irri- gatable acres per farm in eith- er distict, 'Hie seil lers in the distrlets have been granted same finan- cial asstslancc by the provin- cial government. The settler is required to make an initial pay- ment of 30 per cent of the pur- chase price, the balance of the principal being payable in nine equal annual instalments with an interest rale o[ five per cent. In llu? repayment period was extended to 30 yean; in order Lo help some of the set- t lers uti I ir'.c their own capital. A SIO.fKH) loati is offered for farm development works, such as land levelling, installation of farm irrigation systems, con- trol structures and equipment, Mr. Lee h as in ade rec om- mctidaticms lo the minister re- the branch, including: every effort should bo made lo explore more new areas the irrigation dis- tricts for settlement; extension canals to nearby dry fanning areas should, be encouraged; imgatnblo acreages should all lie fanned and irrigated; land de-velomnent and works should be in- creased; erot) production and live- stock programs should be Ln- lensificd; more funds and credit are ne edixJ t o fully devel op in ten- sive irrigation farming; and otension programs provid- ed by (he ADA should be streng- thened. In order to carry out the aims of Use branch, Mr. Lee is aided by Tony Van Durzen, an agricultural economist and Rick Mahon, a technologist. Tony visits the settlers and is in charge of farm manage- ment and farm planning, in- cluding feasibiliTies studies for land management. Hick is in- volved in farm business pro- grams, contract signings and Is of assistance when needed by the farmers Clara Doe Is In charge of legal matters m the office. She scare-lies 'or uUe.s and prepares agreement of sales and trans- fers titles after the agreement is paid up. CLARA DOE clerk accountant ion caters to cattlemen's needs The function rrf the ani- mal industry division is to pro- mote and guide the orderly de- velopment of the livestock in- dustry. Gordon Ross, as head of the southern Alberta regional agri- cultural office for the animal in- dustry division, is in charge of the program conducted to en- courage sound breeding, selec- tion, feeding, management and marketing practices. He said the total exten- sion program relating to beef cattle, swine and sheep is a co- ordinated effort with the exten- sion branch and the regional directors. In the daily operation of live division, close contact is main- tained with t h e animal science department of the University of Alberta, the marketing and eco- nomics division of the Alberta d e p a r ttnent of agriculture, commodity boards, breed asso- ciations, fain and exhibitions, 4-H and Junior Forest Warden groups and numerous advisory committees to the ADA. SHORT C'OIJHSKS As part of the work, the branch personnel service shori courses, production schools, dcmonstrational programs and field clays. Livestock judging ftnrl selection com miller: work at livestock sales is parl of the work. Thc.se activities during reqnirtyl %fi farm vi.sits, 207 meetings and shori I3fl livestock .shows and snltvs and Work with tlw media. 1 ivestock h ranch Ifl ApouKible for the uriniini-Stva- ii.jn swine, sheep and cattle record of performance pro- grams. These programs allow e prod u cc is i n f o raa t i on on pefonuance traits that can bo applied to selection of males and females either for use HOSS animal industry heat) within the herd for replace- ments or in determining what animals .should offe -ed for sale or culled. Breeding pro- grams are set up with in format ion gathered front the HOP proems. PKOOKXY The division ;d-o afler the beef su'e progeny looting assistance policy, er.tablJsKi'd in 19IJG. This policy provides for payment lo tlio operator of a progeny test station in Alhtvlu a grant of for each steer that completed a progeny test in a group aired by a owned bull. The station provides informa- tion on feed conversion and car- cass appraisal for the public. The program to rid Alberta of warbles in cattle is the respon- sibility of the division also. The livestock branch also as- sisted in the organization of 18 co-operative artificial insem- ination units in the province. It sponsors emirses on AI of varying degrees and is continu- ing to study the feasibility of providing a Kenien evaluation service to support the AI in- dustry. The division Is responsible for many regulatory services, Including the ndmimstrillion of sis acts and a number of regu- lations under the act.s dealing with matters. Mr. Ross said the result is a direct cnnlact with and regula- tion and inspection of certain phases of production and t.rade. The acts nnrtcr jurisdic- tion of the division include The Alberts Livestock and Live- stock Products Act, The Brand Act, The Livestock Brand Art. The Improvf-im-nt District St-ay Animals Act. The Line Fence Act an'l ihr Dome-slic AnirnaN f Murticipalitiesi Act. MAKKKTS Under I he a-nl Pn-Mtnrf-S Acl. author- ity is prfA'uled for trading in livrs'ot-k and livt-Vlo'-k products, Ptihlic jii.'ivkel.s. packer yards, buying still ions, auction mnrkc-ls all classes, ant-lion salfs 01" cattle only where mote Llian five sales per year are held, auction sales of cattle only where less fhnn five sales per year are held and all stock- yards not coming in any tbc other classes. Also, all livestock dealers I'Al'l.A HIK! dealers' agenLs are re- quired U> IMJ liceiuswl. During a of dealei's anfl iigenOs wore licensed Ihrough tlie pi-ovincial divisinn. Tliiwigti Rrawl Act, the division is rrapimsilile (or refi- renewal, transfer anrl canrollnlion of I'nllle, liorsc, ponilrv, sheep and fox 1071, now brands wurc rcRistci-Ml. incliiding Z.Q'.fi cattle aiKl !7H horse hrands. riurini; the same period, there wore G52 hrajjds transfer- red and 9.0C! brands renewed. Brands in good standing at Dec. 31, 1971 were caltle, 3S.1M. horse, S.811, sheep, 22 for a lo- tal of The Livestock Brand Inspec- tion Act replaced [lie S I o e Ic Inspection Act which empha- sized provisions to cover rail shipments. The new act provides for a uniform manifest for horses. and cattle in transit and pro- hibits such animals from leav- ing the province without in- spection. U also provides for a standard document from which to start aU brand inspection and a uniform procedure of in- spection at all markets. Full time brand are located at Edmonton. Cal- gary, Lloyclminster. Medicine Hat, Red Deer and Brooks. Deputy brand in- spectors arc located at 40 other points throughout the province. BCMP INSPKCTOIiS Every member of the RCMP an authorized inspector. They usually conduct inspections fur direct export from scattered points wlwre department in- spectors arc not available. The Improvement Distrlr-U Stray Animals Act provides au- thority lor setting up and op- erating pounds in improvement districts. It applies to all cat- tle, horses, sheep, pigs, gnats, turkey and geese. Tho Domestic Animals (Mu- nicipalities) Act deals with ani- mal pounds in municipal dis- tricts and counties. It was for- merly administered by the de- partment of muiu'cipal affairs.