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Powell River Farmers’ Institute at 100

Because there was no bull on Texada By Isabelle Southcott |


t 87, Elmer Satermo’s memory is still razor sharp and he peels off dates like they happened yesterday. Especially when those memories are… funny. “In 1974, I became a trained technician for the Artificial Insemination Centre,” the long-time member of the Powell River Farmers’ Institute told Home Grown. “The first calf born in the district from this procedure was at Tex Verkerk’s in Paradise Valley in 1975.” Elmer pauses for a moment as he points to an old newspaper clipping. “Linda Verkerk called the Powell River News and asked them to come take pictures.” When the photograph appeared in the paper, the men with whom Elmer worked at the mill gave him a hard time. “Golly, did I ever get teased about that!” he said. “The men all said: ‘That little calf looks just like his dad!’” Innovative procedures such as artificial insemination (AI) created opportunities for local farmers in this isolated community. Not only was it less expensive to use AI, but it meant that the cows didn’t have to be stressed by transporting them to bulls, and it provided a wider choice of bulls.

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