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Field Notes By RON E. ROSS Office of Information Montana State College THE FOLLOWING item was taken from the U.S. Forest Service's North ern Region News. The News editor, in turn, got it from Forest Ranger E. DelMar Jacquish's column in the West ern News, Libby. And it is well worth repeating Wish you were here . This is probably the most worn out summer time phrase in America. Nev » I 14 ertheless I wished that you were with me when I rode to a small forest fire a few days ago. The fire was at Lower Cedar Lake in the Cabinet Wild Area. It was not a large fire, as fires go, but it left a black acre scar on the shore of a lovely high country lake. The fire had spread from a campfire left by some careless camper. When the fire was controlled, I rode on up the trail to look for a lead on the care less camper. Again I wished that you were there. It is a beautiful ride by lakes and waterfalls, through timber and moun tains. Beautiful except for beer and pop cans along the trail, paper plates and garbage at camp sites, and fish entrails and refuse in drinking springs. The cry in America is to protect wilderness by law. Protection by law has its place but the law alone is not the answer. The natural wonders of our Cabinet Wild Area or any other wilderness must be provided by you —the people that use them. No pro tective law can relieve the responsibili ty of the individual to be careful and clean in the woods. Wish you were here—for a beauti ful America. 14 »• The man in the picture elsewhere in this column is not tending a county jail, as much as it may look that way. He's Thelmar Mosdal, Broadview, and he's standing beside his new double decker farrowing pens, which he built himself a couple years ago. Thelmar figures that with the 12-unit setup, he'll be able to farrow about 1,150 pigs per year* with 144 sows. He plans to farrow three groups of Berkshire, Montana's No. Is and Hamp crosses, and market 3-4 times a year when prices are high. Thelmar's 415 wheat allotment is his main farming operation, but he started raising hogs to supplement his income. He built the farrowing sheds and build ing in 1958 at a cost of about $2,500, about half of what it would have cost commercially. And the farrowing crate system, efficient enough that watering, feeding and cleaning are automatic is fast paying for itself. "Without this type of setup," Thelmar says, 'T couldn't handle both the crops and hogs." And he figures he'll gross about $45-50,000 a year when he gets up to ' around 75 sows. He's feeding a ration composed of 20 pounds salt, 20 pounds di-calcium phosphate, 20 pounds mono-sodium phosphate/ 30 pounds soybean oil meal, 30 pounds tankage and 4 pounds ar senilic acid to a ton of barley. Cost is about $2.16 per cwL m I ■0 Thelmar Mosdal, Broadview, stands be side his double-decker 12-unit farrow ing set-up. He figures the pens will handle a maximum 1,130 pigs from 144 sows when he goes into full production. SAIT ROUNDUP LES1,E «C jSstej T fO, «a z ( ^.....vv. ..-.w ... r/jWmdl. w About Feeding Salt to Sheep We are told that 80 per cent of the income from farms is made using scientific discoveries. How ever, one profit maker that hasn't changed since the time of David is the feeding of salt to sheep. Even here, our hard-working scientists have uncovered the value of feeding salt to sheep by special additives and new salt forms. The Very Old and the Very New An interesting contrast in time is the mixing of the very new antibiotics in the long-proven and used salt. Leslie Antibiotic Salt with Terramy is designed for free choice feeding of your sheep on the range or pasture. Not only does the wide spectrum antibiotic increase the weight gains made by your lambs but it also has been shown in large scale feeding tests to lower death rates from 4.3 per cent to 1.0 per cent. For 1,000 head of sheep this means 33 extra lambs to market. Our figures show that $600 spent for Leslie Antibiotic Salt would bring back $1,600 in in creased weight and lambs. .We would be glad to send you our Fact Sheet on Antibiotic Salt for Sheep. Just drop us a post card. ein® Salt Sheds? You have sheep sheds, lambing sheds. Why not salt sheds? Some months ago, we offered the cat tlemen plans for salt feeding bins to keep their loose salt and salt-mineral mixes protected from the weather. While we don't think our plans will win any prize for art work, we would be mighty pleased to send you a free leaflet detailing a salt feeding bin for sheep. The sketch shows this salt bin which is art easy-to-build box with several desirable features. A divided trough used for feeding Leslie Salt with or without additives and mineral mix tures slides for ward for easy fill ing and quick cleaning. The bin is low enough for lambs to use but still provides enough headroom LESLIE SALT SPECIFICALLY FORMULATED FOR EVERY WESTERN FEED SALT AND LIVESTOCK NEED! Reclamation Assn. To Meet at Helena THE MONTANA RECLAMATION Assn, will hold their 18th annual meet ing Oct. 16, 17 and 18 at Helena. Convention speakers include William E. Welsh, secretary-treasurer. National Reclamation Assn., Washington, D.C., who will speak on "Washington Office Activities." Reclamation's Challenge in Montana" is the title of an address • . to be given by Bruce Johnson, Regional Director, Region 6, Bureau of Recla mation, Billings. William Rossiter, president, Helena Valley Irrigation District, will review the history of the Helena Valley unit. Walt Mauritson, Flathead county ex tension agent, will discuss the "Soil Fertility Program in Flathead Coun ty " Norman Blevins, executive secre tary, Montana Hardware Dealers Assn., (2' 8" minimum) for the larger sheep. The feed ing trough has rounded edges to protect the fleece. The roofing made of either metal or shingles protects salt from wind and rain and the sides are well-braced for long term wear. You'll find the skids make it easy for you to move it from one area to another. Sizes will vary with your needs, of course. The one sketched here can be made any where from 2*4' to 4' long. Sheepmen Are a Bag's Best Friend Burlap bags are pretty much a thing of the past for salt packaging — except for sheepmen. One of our last big uses for the burlap bag is the 50 pound burlap bags to be packed to the summer grazing herds. Most sheepmen know that the sheep much prefer loose salt. Sheep will wear their teeth down and rub their tongues raw on salt blocks so it's worth that extra effort to get loose salt to them. Besides, those burlap bags can always be used to bed down the dogs or wipe out the skillet — (not necessarily in that order, however). This Is Your Commercial! The Leslie Salt Co. is very proud to work with your American Sheep Producers Council in pro moting the use of lamb with the all im portant housewife purchaser. Leslie's many salesmen will soon be decorating 7,500 Western gro cery stores with ex tremely attractive Lamb - O - Rama banners showing what a tasty dish lamb can b£. Keep your eyes peeled for them. We hope yd*i will agree that they will sell lamb. __ ^ Write Me Anytime If your feed dealer is unable to tell you all you want to know about the feeding of salt and anti biotics or about any use of salt, drop a line to me at Leslie Salt Co., 505 Beach St., San Francisco 11, California. Remember, look for your product as featured in Lamb-O-Rama. We'll see you at the meat «counter. lA IÄ] 3S& I- *• »> ** 3 Helena, will speak on "Our Associa tion's Interest in Reclamation." Guest speaker at the banquet ses sion will be LaSalle Coles, president. National Reclamation Assn., Prine ville, Ore. Two panel discussions will be pre sented. "Considerations in Financing Irrigated Farm Operations" will be discussed by bank representatives Charles W. Moore, Great Falls; Bud Nelson, Sidney, and Eugene Coombs. Billings. Moderator will be Richard D. Rubie, Havre. N. A. Jacobsen, extension livestock specialist, Montana State College, will moderate a discussion on "Livestock Feeding." Panel members will be Rob ert Lenhardt, Billings; Blake Tippetts, Fort Shaw, and Henry S. Hibbard, Helena. The convention will conclude with a tour of the Helena Valley Project, coo ducted by Bureau of Reclamation personnel.