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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 30, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Buffalo meat value worth extra effort Tuesday. October 30, 1973 LETHBRIDQE HERALD EDMONTON (CP) A word to all prospective buf- falo ranchers from Anchor K Farms, about 85 miles southwest of here: They don't herd well L. A. Kiss, owner of the ranch, said he has aban- doned all hope of ever rounding them up like cattle. "What we have to do is string a line of feed in the direction we want them to go and hope they'll follow it." He said, however, the market value of buffalo meat more than compen- sates for the special things he has to take into con- sideration things that cost him 20 per cent more than if he were raising cattle. Buffalo can wreck a barbed-wire fence, requir- ing the ranch to use more expensive wire. COSTLY MEAT But Mr Kiss said he has sold buffalo meat in smal' quantities for as much as a pound while a Montreal restaurant has offered him a pound for a live animal. Mr Kiss began raising buffalo about five years ago after buying nine from Elk Island National Park, 16 miles east of Edmonton, which accepts bids on animals when its herd in- creases beyond 400. In 1971, he increased his herd through a successful bid of on a group of 25 sold in the park. "I figured they would be a good investment. Even then, beef prices were go- ing way up Mr Kiss said that because of the high value placed on the hides, his ranch will butcher only in November when the value of the skins is at its highest. He also said that the ranch gets numerous requests for hides and that one head was ordered from Spam. The fact that buffalo graze more readily than cattle offsets the fact that they waste more forage, the rancher said and he noted that a buffalo will weigh as much as 2.000 pounds in the time it takes to raise a steer to 1.000 pounds. Another rancher, with a herd of 49 experimental animals at Athabasca Ranch near Hinton, half- way between Edmonton and Jasper, said dissec- ENGLISH CABRETTA (Genuine) LEATHER and Lengths All genuine Borg zip in lining Sizes 9-18 navy, brown, beige slate rust, blue ONE WEEK ONLY Reg. to 125 GENUINE SUEDE BUCKSKIN 6 Only Blue. rust, beige Reg. .95 59 ALL LEATHER SUEDES Brown, beige. Bora lined. Reg. lo 99 .95 FULL LENGTH COATS Navy, brown, slate, blue, rusl, beige, with or without lin- inq. Reg. 135 AND UP We Carry a Full Line of SEPARATE FUR COLLARS NORWEGIAN FOX 3 shades RACOON 4 shades MINK 5 shades PRICE with purchase of any leather coat, no charge for attachment. MODERN FASHION SHOP 61 a 3rd Ave. S. Phone 327-3039 tions performed by the animal science division at the University of Alberta indicate buffalo consume less feed per unit body weight than cattle although that evidence is not con- clusive The rancher. Bob Richmond, said he con- siders his herd a business investment He said he has more re- quests for meat than he can handle. For six years, Indians on the Blackfoot reserve near Cluny in southern Alberta have been raising buffalo from an original herd of three bulls and 22 cows. Their value, however, is not seen in sales of meat but in their value as a tourist attraction Grazing on about 450 acres, the herd grew to 73 but now is down to about 30, including four calves "There just wasn't enough land for 73 buf- said Russell Wright of the Blackfoot. The Lethbridge and District Exhibition Association -Preterite their 3rd ANNUAL... ROCKY MOUNTAIN LIVESTOCK SHOW AND SALE and 23rd ANNUAL CATTLE BREEDERS FALL CATTLE SALE EXHIBITION PAVILION, LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA -CATTLE SHOWS-! Tuesday, Nov. 13th, 6 p.m. Charolais, Shorthorn, Brown Swiss (Rocky Mountain Show) Wednesday, Nov. 14th Angus p.m. Hereford p.m. Thursday, Nov. a.m. Show of Southern Alberta Cattle Breeders Hereford Sale -SWINE Tuesday, Nov. p.m. Rocky Mountain Swine Show 120 Head Purebred Swine -CATTLE Thursday, Nov. p.m. Southern Alberta Cattle Breeders Fall Cattle Sale 104 lots Herelord Cattle. -SWINE Wednesday, Nov. p.m. Rocky Mountain Swine Sale 70 Head Purebred Swine For Information Write LETHBRIDGE DISTRICT EXHIBITION 3401 6th Ave. S., Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 1G6 E LB CTROHOME an extra dearee of excellence. 1974 COLOR TV NOW ON DISPLAY AT VAN'S TELEVISION SALES AND SERVICE The San Diego features 100% Solid State Design Set and Forget Controls automatically keeps fine tuning, color and tint just the way you want it. Beautiful Deilcraft Cabinet 2 speaker system and instant sound and picture gives you color the way you've always wanted. Featured below is the Claridge and the Glengarry consoles with Electrohome's automatic color controls. GLENGARRY 22" COLOR TV CLARIDGE 26" COLOR TV MANY MORE MODELS TO CHOOSE FROM Remember the Name for Quality Sales and Service VAN'S TV SALES AND SERVICE 1238 3rd Ave. S. Open Thursday and Friday til 9 Phone 327-5020 ;