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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 19, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 1972 Alfalfa cubing plant in full swing By RIC SWIHAR1 ol The Herald The farmer-owned Tirol De- hydrators Ud. at Tilley has found a niche in the alfalfa pro- cessing industry in the heart ol the Eastern Irrigation District. Hie plant has processed tons of alfalfa lo dale. Two for- age harvesters are continuing to keep as many as six trucks bus hauling from fields in a milc radius of the plant. The field operations will cease shortly when about one third of the 53 contract growers finish their lliirtl culling for tho year. Tliis finish the pro- cessing of fresh cut hay and the plant will start processing baled hay stored throughout the Irrigation district. GOOD RETURN Sonny Byrd, plant manager, said the capacity of the plant Is 200 tons per day. Tlie plant dries fresh cut alfalfa, com- presses it through iV-i-inch square dies and stores cubed alfalfa. Ease of storage and better transportation methods make the cubes easier to handle. The company contracts alfal- fa acreages with farmers. The farmer receives par ton "on the Special equipment owned by tho plant is used to take (he crop off. If the farmer wants to, ho can harvest his own crop and receive payment for it. Mr. Byrd said all the farmer lias lo do Is irrigate. "We.turn his liny crop inlo a cash crop." Returns to farmers Iliis year has heen good. The majority o[ the contract holders received Cooling Cyclopes ready for dehydrated per acre for the first cut- ting and with many getting tliree cuttings, returns, could reach per acre. Technicians lest the moisture content of the loads by use ot a probe instrument. To back up tlio probe, a cooker is used to get an accurate reading. The plant buys and sells the hay at 12 per cent moisture content. To dale, the highest moisture content has been 9.8 per cent. Tests on the cubes have shown the hay lo be "right up to snuff and to have excellent quality, said Mr. Byrd. The 23 staff members expect to finish the year with to tons of alfalfa processed. There will be n two-month shut down. Since all macliiery in the plant lias been working normal- ly, there won't be any modifi- cations. "The shut-down period will give us a chance to get out into tlie country to promote the said Mr. Byrd. Mr. Byrd said for wlial the consumer saves on moisture and Ihe automatic waste o! bales plus what he gains on the added animal weight from equal amounts of hay more Uian up for the increas- ed cost of the product. "The give the rancher real uniform he said. "All the cattle get the samo rations with the cubes. "Farmers don't have to bring in the hogs to cat the plant leaves wliicli shake loose from baled hay." Tennessee Walker introduced here Ky GARRY ALLISON of The Herald Horses have always been a popular pasttime in Southern Alberta and in recent years many new breeds have been Introduced into the area. About four years ago the Ten- nessee Walking liorse was first introduced into this area and now one of the breed's finest animals will be making his permanent home In the south. Queen's Little Joe, winner of three red ribbons ot Ihe recent East I.cthbridgc Rotary Horse including the stake class on the final night, was purchased by Ken Hudson of Hudson Stables in Lcthbridge from Robert Keyscr of Poison, Mont. Mr. Hudson was one of the first men lo introduce tho Tennessee Walkers into this area. The eight-year-old stallion has also been slnwn successfully at olhcr Canadian horse .sliow.s and has been extensively throughout the United Stales. The Tennessee Walker, with a natural gale that is the run- ning walk, is the only horse in cxistancc that is capable of naturally This means it will place its back foot ahead of the print its fore foot has made. Some Tennessee Walkers can ovcrstride as much as four feet. Originally bred for Ihe Ihrce- fold purpose of riding, driving and general farm work, tlw Walker has evolved into one o( tire world's finest pleasure and show horses. The breed originated where ils name implies, Tennessee, and is rapidly spreading throughout the world. Mr. and Mrs. Hudson, whose slables are on the southern out- skirts of Lcthbridge, plan to use Queen's Little Joe for and slud purposes. Queen's little typical breed ;