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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 29, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta trichinella spiralis Alberta pork survey shows negative A recent survey carried out i cent statistics released by tho j Is the absence of rats which' of the survey, there Is no room by the Alberta veterinary ser- U.S. department of agriculture often act as transport for complacency about the pres- --1 've other is the very small ence o! trichinosis i" A vices division did not uncover a single case of trichinella spir- alis larvae in pork samples taken from widely scattered points across the province. According to Dr. G. W. Sum- mers of the provincial veterin- ary field services branch, the survey was undertaken because over the years there has been the odd human case of trichino- sis diagnosed in Albeita, indi- cating that the disease is pres- ent here. Tlie survey was intended to determine just how widespread the disease might be, Dr. Sum- mers says. However, all the 831 samples of pork obtained from small community abattoirs in 51 areas were negative. These samples came from 594 separate farms. Trichinosis is a parasite dis- ease to which almost all mam- mals are susceptible, but swine are probably the most common- ly affected domestic species. Human beings contact disease by eating infected, insufficiently cooked meat. Trichinosis is caused by a worm called trichinella spiralis which inhabits the intestinal tract of the host. The larvae penetrate the intestinal wall and are distributed throughout the body by the blood stream. A large percentage of the lar- vae end up in the muscle tissue where they form cysts or "cap- sules" around themselves. They remain in these "capsules" for the duration of the host's life. If the infected meat is eaten by another animal, or a human be- ing, the life cycle of the worm starts all over again. Dr. Summers says the sever- ity of the symptoms is usually correlated with the number of parasites ingested. Consumption of lightly infected meat usually produces no visible symptoms unless a large quantity is eat- en. Consumption of relatively small quantities of heavily in- fected meat on the other hand, may produce a serious illness. In the initial stage, heavy in- festations of these worms pro- duce such symptoms as diar- rhea, fever, abdominal pain and edema of the eyelids. Later symptoms include loss of appe- tite, sore and swollen muscles, jaundice and edema. Although most of these symptoms disap- indicate that the incidence of trichinosis in hogs in that coun- try is only .12 per cent. The incidence in Alberta is believed to be even lower be- cause of two factors. The first and the number very of farmers that garbage to their hogs, plus the fact that the garbage must bfl cooked to conform with federal regulations. Despite the negative results It is known to be here, and pork and pork products should always be properly cooked to ensure complete safety from the disease. Dr. Summers stresses. Cattlemen's Short Course and Tour scheduled for Guelph Nov. 20-26 Commercial cattlemen, feed- lot operators, and other people involved in the beef industry will have an opportunity to at- tend the 8th Cattlemen's Short Course and Tour to Guelph, On- tario, Nov. 20 to 26. The course, sponsored jointly by the department of extension, the University of Alberta, and the Western Slock Growers' As- sociation, aims to develop the participants' understanding of the beef cattle production en- terprise in Ontario, the beef market and meat trade in cen- tral Canada, and the process through which agricultural pol- icy is made. Among the leading authori- ties invited to contribute their experience and research knowl- edge to the series of formal and informal discussions are Dr. G. A. MacEachern, presi- dent, Agricultural Economics Research Council of Canada, Ottawa; M. M. Roytenberg, di- vision manager, Steinberg's Limited, Montreal; Murray Steinberg, manager of the meat department, Steinberg's Limited, Montreal; Dr. D. I. Padberg, Professor of Market- ing, Department of Agricultural Economics, Cornell Ithaca, New York. Dr. T. W. Perry, professor of animal nutrition, depart- ment of animal science, Pur- j due University, Lafayette, In- diana; Dr. W. R. Usborne, as- sociate professor of meat sci- ence, department of animal sci- ence, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario; A. M. Bos- well, livestock and dairy com- modity policy specialist, eco- nomics branch, Canada depart- ment of agriculture, Ottawa. Dr. G. A. Hiscocks, director, Economic Policy and Planning ricultural policy-making pro- cess. On Nov. 25 a reception din- ner meeting is planned with Bud Olson, federal minister of agriculture. Meetings and dis- cussions with members of the house of commons standing committee on agriculture and with federal officials on the op- erations of the government and the policy formation process Will be held Nov. 26. Special group arrangements have been made for accommo- dations and transportation. Un- der these agreements, two op- tions are available to partici- pants. For those participants wishing to join the course in Ontario, the program will begin and terminate in Toronto, for those wishing to join the course in Alberta, the program will begin and terminate with a group flight at the Calgary In- ternational Airport. The total registration fee which Includes tuition, accom- modation, and transportation is from Toronto and from Calgary. The registration deadline is November 1. Additional information about the course content and the travel arrangements is avail- able from the department of extension, phone 439-2021. Reg- istrations are accepted at the department, 82 Ave. and 112 St. Edmonton, Friday, October 39, 1971 THE LETHIKIDSt HERALD GENETIC MATING EVALUATION Doug Dodds, right, director of the American Breeders Service Inc. genetic mating service, evaluates a cow from the Vonkeman Dairy Farm near Picture Butte. Also using a special card which has spaces for scoring of the 11 different critical areas which can be improved by proper breeding are Abe Vonkeman, left, Mike Donkin, an artificial insemina- tion technician for ABS and John Vonkeman. The men are able to gain experience so they con self-evaluate other cows for future use of the computerized system of semen selection. Ric Swihart Photo Agricultural secretariat endorsed by province Dr. Hugh Homer, Alberta minister of agriculture, has en- dorsed the concept of an agri- cultural policy and planning secretariat to provide contin- uous and comprehensive de- 4-H news ironi southern Alberta pear when the larvae incase! Secretariat, economics branch, themselves in the capsules, tis- sue damage may cause muscle stiffness, nephritis, pulmonary disorders, myocardial weakness or neurological weakness. There are three acceptable methods for ensuring that meat is free of contamination. These consist of holding the meat at a refrigeration temperature of 5 degrees F. for ing it solid for i days, freez- 24 hours or cooking it at a minimum tem- perature of 137 degrees F. Dr. Summers reports that re- Canada department of agricul- ture, Ottawa; and Dr. M. L. Lerohl, agricultural policy spe- cialist, department of agricul- tural economics and rural so- ciology, The University of Al- berta. In addition to a series of lec- tures and seminar discussions, tours will be made to beef pro- duction operations in the Guelph area, to marketing and processing operations in the Toronto area, and to Ottawa to meet people involved in the ag- ATTENTION! RANCHERS, FEEDLOT OWNERS, DAIRY FARMERS. SOLO JET PAK SPRAYER 425 Can be used for: DISINFECTING AND WHITEWASHING, ANIMAL PENS, ANIMALS, BUGS, CHICKEN COOPS, ETC. Motor Mower extends Congratulations to these registered Solo dealers: ARN'S EQUIPMENT LTD. 340 16th Avc. N.W., CAtGARY, AITA. SCORPION SALES TABER, Box 602 JIM'S MOTOR REPAIRS 1316 9 Ave. S.E., CAtGARY LERNER'S LUMBER 1TD. 801 Hlh 51. S.W.. MEDICINE HAT RICHARDSON GOULD VUtCAN NIEBOER HARDWARE NOBLEPORD MOTOR MOWER 817 3rd AVE. S. PHONE 327-2669 T.M3ER with 35 members and seven attended, with 16 members re- ceivcd a plate. The leaders The Taber 4-H Sugar Beet i guests present. turning, bring with them nine ceivcd a gift for their time Club meeting was held in Cen- j Jim Newton led the pledge now recruits. tience and efforts spent tral School gym Oct. 4 at 8 election of the officers, The election of officers, al- the There were 12 members in Doran Perry, presi- ways the high poinl. was a recent organizational Joanne Henry, out enthusiastically. it was decided to have Club elections were held Rasmussen, is Leslie calves weighed Nov. 6. 1 the following elected: Patsy Eecretan. ce president, Gordon is to be taken between De-nick, president; Michael A. Dale Jorgensen, Debbie and 550 pounds. There were ticc, vice-president; Ruth Robinson, Brian new members attending. Fabbri, secretary; Ed Newton club reporter, REPORTER- Cseke, treasurer; and Perry (assistant Hillmer Badura, club Michael Barnett, and activity 1 The next meeting will be Don Althen, presented and 5 Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. in the Ray was a very good second meeting of the 1 Anyone interested in joining Albert Robinson, the 1971 72 year Tailor's Tacks was urged to be a fun Oct. 10 at the home of CLUB lunch and French with 17 mem- Cindy donations committees three leaders and one TURIN The Turin 4-H Beef Club will hold a re organizational meet-" ing at 8 p.m. Monday in the Turin school. All persons interested, Buying a new camera, weigh day and membership fees were also discussed. CLUB A good turnout was on hand Oct. 23 when the Magrath 4-H Beef Club held it's annual awards night in the present. President Brenda Boulton officiated, Anna Lee Boulton led the pledge and roll call was "My sign of the zodiac and something about it." Dale 1 tween ages 10 to 21 are Barker gave the trea- 1 to Milk River 4-H was catered by report showing a ba: DEL is once again beginning a new season. The club held Church Women and guest speaker was R. of Bills were paid. Correspondence was read. The re organizational meeting of the Del Bonita meeting October 14, at 8 were given to the following: Grand suggestion of a tour to the glass factory at Medicine Ha 4-H Beef Club was held Oct. meeting was very Johnson; Reserve grand champion, Debbie proposed. Janet Russell gave a talk of how to give a of gain, Wayne Everybody present gave Dudley; impromtu talk. n tETHBRIDGE RESEARCH Miller, Shame next meeting is set for PUbl A ff best junior member, Russell home at 7 p.m. Nov. I Hillmer; efficiency Elberta Danny Gruninger; Russel boys, Danny 1 NESTS cash prize was given Schneider for selling mason bee creates a sep- tickets on the calf nest for each egg, using a 1971 Black Fly July 24. Debbie Schneider sold the second most tickets. Breeder of the champion shell which she provisions with pollen and seals with pebbles and leaves and camou- DR. K. R. DEPNER, the Athabasca River showed that most of the flies, Mike Schneider Jr. He with stalks. thousands per Black flies are a recurring problem in central and were of the arcticum species. Further from the river GIVES ern Alberta. In some years species was ulations of these bloodsucking insects are at very low replaced by vittatum and to a lesser extent by LOT TO COUNT ON IN and neither livestock nor outbreak began in mans arc- greatly affected that hcd been doing in others populations are to fail, high and occasionally may constitute an outbreak. Si 1971 that had been brought into the area and newly born spirited but low outbreak occurred that the most seriously ed three species of black Farmers reported that, SWINGER AND Of these, the species that most seriously affects cattle in calves were protected on the day of their birth, the for young or mature ern Canada is Simulium would quickly kill cum, a large stream bulls, tormented by whoso immature stages are found only in such large often lost fertility as well as weight. wto specialty compact that's long, low and ways as the Athabasca, in Athabasca County North Saskatchewan, and the South Saskatchewan rivers. years or more considered the outbreak the worst they small stream breeding sporty looking family cies also contributed to the outbreak. One of these, known as Simulium vittalum, is the cattle population of Athabasca County is about economic the most common black shown that the you choice from the "POSH" Monaco and is found in a great many streams, both large and One of the main reasons why this potential has to "luxury with The adult is dark colored, larger than most species of black flies, and has a greater flight range than the other realized is the presence in the area of large numbers of bloodsucking flics, of which black flies are the most America's luxury cor with thn tnrsinn quiet prevalent species. The species, Simulium of black flics lias ON DISPLAY NOW was also present in large more difficult since bers but was usually been banned. Materials bered by the other two. One area of outbreak in Alberta involved that portion be used now give less effective results at 15 times the cost. Work is being done CHRYSLER the county of Athabasca east of the Athabasca River nope win load to cheaper and more effective means AVD. and llth St. S. included cattle operations 328-9271 of Ihe county in the vicinity of Wandering River. Samples black flies without contaminating thi> environment or affecting Hie food chain ken near cattle within 15 Incentive grant for Select Feeds TABER (HNS) Hon. H. A. (Bud) Olson, federal minister of agriculture and MP for the Medicine Hat riding which in- cludes the Ttibcr area, has an- velopment oE policy proposals and to review policies and pro- grams. The proposal evolved out of a two-day department of agricul- ture conference called earlier this week to examine ways of developing more effective agri- cultural policy. deputv minister of 14 T- >i 1-1 Ti 11 I UK (IJtQj Bounced the awarding of DREE incentive grant for Se- lect Feeds of Taber. In a telephone call Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Olson's office advised that a grant of has been approved for a new pellet feed processing plant. The new processing unit will be attached to the existing Select Feeds mill in Taber1 s Industrial Park. It will provide for the addition of four new jobs. Gerald Unger. manager of will provide another avenue for de- partment staff, farm organiza- tions, agri business and re- searchers to discuss and shape agricultural policy before it be- comes legislation. When individuals and organi- zations within the agricultural industry have this kind of op- portunity to participate, the re- sulting policy is more likely to meet their economic, social and political needs, he said. Dr. Purnell emphasizes that Select Feeds, said that in addi- the secretariat within the de- lion to the pellet mill, the plant parlment of agriculture will not be a policy-making body. It is a mechanism to provide more information for legislators as they finalize their policy. will be blending its own supple- ments. Select Feeds will also be adding better mixing facili- ties and larger improved equip- ment throughout the plant. ASAHI BEER the golden beer from land of rising sun ASAHI BREWERIES, IIMITSD, TOKYO, JAPAN MITSUI AND COMPANY (CANADA! LIMITED. EDMONTON. AinERTA ;