Farmer Glad East and West Can Work Together

Rancher Harry Nickel lifts a bale high into the air after receiving a shipment of bales from Eastern farming colleagues. He and Elmer Paulgaard were recipients of the goodwill on October 4. Story in this paper. ©Provost News Photo.

• As More Hay is Delivered to Local Ranches

Two Provost area farmers have received a shipment of hay for their cattle from eastern Canada in a Hay West lottery draw.

Both Harry Nickel who lives north east of town and Elmer Paulgaard who lives south east of Provost received hay on Friday morning, October 4, courtesy of farmers from south of Ottawa at a place called Alfred, Ontario.

Nickel knew four months ago that he was to receive the shipment but Paulgaard told The News he found out only the day before at 4 p.m.

“I was surprised . . . I thought it (the hay lottery) was over with” Paulgaard said after getting 27 large square bales.

He feeds 140 cattle and did not have to sell any cattle off due to the drought. The farmer plans to save the feed for use in calving season.

Nickel was “quite happy” with the 27 bales he received.

Each bale weighs about 1200 pounds and is valued at $130 per ton.

Nickel had sold about a third of his cow herd in July and also his replacement heifers because of the summer drought.

He adds that “this is the first time in 40 years that I haven’t baled a bale of hay. This shipment should see me through, as all my crops were baled, not combined.”

Both men are to send $250 to the 4-H foundation to help offset some trucking costs. The hay can not be re-sold.

Nickel says that it’s good hay and that he’s very satisfied.

Both farmers were asked if they could talk to the farmers who donated the hay, what would they tell them. Paulgaard replied that he’d thank them very much and if it happens to them hopefully down the road he can return the favour. Nickel would say that he appreciates it very much and glad the East and West can work together in times of need.

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These bison weren’t buffaloed by an early snowfall covering grasses Saturday morning and afternoon as they foraged for food north of Hayter. The herd of about a hundred bison also look forward to receiving pellets from owner Kevin Thunberg (not shown) who keeps an eye on them in pasture land. The word buffalo is so closely associated with Canada and the United States that it may seem natural to assume that its name comes from a Native American word—like the words moose and skunk. In fact, however, buffalo can probably be traced back by way of one or more of the Romance languages, such as Portuguese, Spanish or Italian, through Latin and ultimately to the Greek word boubalos, meaning “an antelope or a buffalo.” The buffalo referred to by the Greek and Latin words was not the North American one but rather an Old World mammal, such as the water buffalo of southern Asia. Applied to the North American mammal, buffalo is in fact a misnomer, bison being the preferred term. As far as everyday usage is concerned, however, buffalo, first recorded for the American mammal in 1635, is older than bison, first recorded in 1774. ©Provost News Photo.

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