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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 5, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Tueidnv, September 5, 1972 THE UTHBRIDGE HRALD 15 Fort Macleod Auction is largest in West Fort Macleod Auction Market Ltd., on Ihe junction of High- ways 2 and 3, passed the 000 head sale figure this year since its Sept. 13, 1960 start. The staff of the auction mark- et offers a complete cattle buy- ing and auctioneering service from field auctioning and farm auctions to cattle treatment and branding. All employees at the market are local ranchers and farmers and with the semester sys- tem used in the Fort Macleod high school, students are used part lime. There are eight permanent members with four ring- men used during sales and four kitchen staff when needed. Five men are used in con- Junction with a gateman to grade cattle for the sale and four men look after penning the cattle following the sale. Two people are used to make up the weekly market report. Harvey Bourassa looks after the movement at cattle during the course of the sale. He also is responsible for order buying, a service for people who can't make it to the sale. John Milne a the yard main- tenance supervisor. He looks after the 13-car rail spur line and the five pens for holding cattle brought in by rail. There Is space for ani- mals in the yards. Special equipment In the sale ring Include indicator lights that show the number of cattle left to sell and the average weight of the cattle in the ring. The welghman adjusts the in- dicator lights as the cattle pace over the scale on their way to the ring. He knows the number of cattle and the total weight to figure the average weight. The clerk who works with the auctioneer assigns a special pen for each lot of animals sold. This assures that they will be located in the right pen and that the buyer will get the right animals. Prior to the sale, Mr. Milne is In charge of grading the cattle. Steers and heifers are split into groups according to weight, size and quality. The consignors, people who offer animals for sale, do so on their own merit. Accounting is a big part of the business. Bob Dyck is the accountant and recently in- stated auctioneer. With the help of three girls FibregUtss recommended ior home greenhouses Have you ever of put- ting up a small greenhouse or of UK many types of plants you can grow in a greenhouse? E. B. Casement, research sci- entist in environmental horti- culture at the Alberta Horticul- tural Research Center at Brooks recommends using fibreglass rather than polyethy- lene for small greenhouses. Ho pointed out that nlthough the fibreglnss is more expen- sive, It will last for at least 20 years, while polyethylene cov- ering will have to be replaced at least once a year. He also says that colorless coverings for greenhouses are superior to those that are color- ed because the later may re- strict plant growth. Rigid cor- rugated polyvinyl sheets are not recommended because as this material ages, its ability to transmit light deteriorates. A greenhouse that is about 12 feet by 20 feet will give more satisfactory results than a smaller one, Mr. Caemcnt said. A house that is only about six feet by nine feet is more dif- ficult lo operate from the point of view of temperature control and humidity. Tlic volume of air, being small, heats up and cools off more quickly than is the case with a larger unit. Becnuse a greenhouse is usu- ally a fairly permanent struc- ture, location and design MACLEODS FAMILY SHOPPING CENTRE WINTER GARMENT BONUS BUY DAYS! featuring one of Ihft largest selections of COATS ond JACKETS in SOUTHERN ALBERTA Enler your name in our BONUS BUY CONTEST and you may receive your coat ABSOLUTELY FREE PHONE 234-3545 FORT MACLEOD the day of the sale, all the rec- ords are tied together and fed into Data, Processing mach- ines in Lethbridge. They first extend the weights and prices to get a dollar value for the sale. All sale data is then recorded and then the fig- ures are balanced, including trucker's fee, branding fee, in- spection and auction fee. Cheques are then made out for the seller or consignor. Deductions incurred by the seller Include the trucker, brand inspector, Alberta Cattle Com- mission fee, transit insurance and auctioneer fee. If the cat- tle are penned, there Is a feed and water bin added on. The buyers pay for the cattle the time of the sale and leave instructions for the de- livery. If they wish, the mark- et will brand the animals and vaccinate them for a price. The rlngmen are responsible for moving the cattle around the sale ring to give the buy- ers a good look at them. The auctioneer sells for a short period of tune and then trades off with one of the ring- men. AH the men in the ring ire usually qualified auc- tioneers. are Important. A cheap polyeth- ylene-covered house will look out of place on a well-planned and well-kept lot, while a well- designed and well-built house can be an asset to the rest of the layout. A greenhouse, said Mr. Case- ment, should be located where it will get Hie maximum amount of sunlight during the winter months. When located south or west of a greenhouse, deciduous trees (those that shed their leaves in the fall) will keep the greenhouse cool in the summer and still allow a reasonable amount of light penetration during the winter. Evergreens and large buildings should al- ways be far enough away from the greenhouse to prevent them from casting shade on the house. Greenhouses that are built against a residence can be quite easily heated by the house furnace, providing the unit has a sufficient heating capacity. The alternatives are n gravity hot water system or space heaters. Ventilators hinged on Hie roof and operated from inside the greenhouse are recommended for cooling the house. Further information on small greenhouses can be obtained from Mr. Casement, a> the Brooks station. FARMERS We can now supply you with BUTLER STEEL GRAM BINS (ANV 'PACEMAKER' METAL BUILDINGS SINGLE AND DOUBLE GARAGES CANVASS TARPS BALER TWINE (IARCE AND SMAU.) StfD DMU. HAYSTACK AND COVHS WE TAKE GRAIN IN TRADE! abo ttocli a fall Itm ef SKHM-CAIN SUTTIEMENTS, VITAMINS AND MINERALS, and a cempttK supply of aN your VET SUrTUB AND ANIMAL HEALTH PRODUCTS See JOHN VAN SLUYS at MACLEOD FEED MILL LTD. PHONE 234-3412 FORT MACLEOD "Something New For 72" from "FORT MACLEOD AUCTION" PREFERRED LIST SALES our lale ft September IS, 196 0. we hove Jtrived Yearly lo improve service at FORT MACUOD AUCTION. With the additional pen new available we arc In a posi- tion to cater further la our clients ai outlined below. I. To qualify for trie Listed Consignments Section, Hie cattle must be: (a) Listed two weeks prfor to sale (fa) Delivered lo the by 11 a.m. the diy of sale, out of province 1 p.m. J. listed certrle will tell In the order that they arrive at fort Mocleod Auction 3. All unlisted cattle will be sold before or after the listed cattle In the order thai they arrive at fort Macleod Auction 4. half of a consignment must be in the yards to constitute that contributor's position in the sale TUESDAYS a.m. ALL CLASSES SLAUGHTER, STOCKERS FEEDERS, CALVES MUEFERKD LIST 1 P.M. WEDNESDAYS a.m. CALVES PREFERRED LIST 1 P.M. OCT. 16-CARIOAD SALE OCT. 25-CHAROLAIS NOV. 1 and BREED STOCK COWS AND BRED HErFERS WEDNESDAYS p.m. PREFERRED P.M. NOV. 15, 22, 29, DEC. 6 3rd ANNUAL FALL NEW BREEDS FEMALE SALE MONDAY. NOV. 57 I p.m. Entries close Oct. 31 YEARLINGS AND TWO-YEAR OLDS THURSDAYS p.m. SEPT. 7, 14, 21 OCT .5 PREFERRED p.m. CALVES THURSDAYS a.m. OCT. 19 thru DEC. 21 PREFERRED UST-1 p.m. KEN HURLBURT 234-3-108 JOHN MILNE 234-3016 HARVEY BOURASSA 234-3822 CROSSROADS OF CANADA'S CATTLE COUNTRY X BOX 690 FOai MACLEOD, ALBERTA Tshone'403'234-3315 AUCTION MARKET ;