Sept 2 1977
Association for the Advancement of Science, a noted author — and a whale of a runner. .Beats Woman The 76-year-old ran the latest in a series of 50-yard dashes at the University University Thursday morning against eight of his research graduate students and Dr. Young Hee Yoon, Korea, the lone woman, a research assistant at the U. It was she who had the "honor" of being nosed out by the determined Dr. Eyring. Robert Kelly, Salt Lake City, took a header on the grass as he approached the finish line and slid 10 feet out of contention. He said he was trying to dodge a photographer. Winner of the event was Soctae Lee, 30, also of Korea, with a clocked time of 6.49 seconds. 7.5 Seconds Dr. Eyring's time unofficially was set at 7.5 seconds. "I can beat that," said the indomitable health enthusiast who is always in training for the runs because he walks four miles a day to and from the university. So,.perspiration at the temples, Dr. Eyring made a solo run. Unfortunately, the time this dash was recorded at 8.76 seconds. He didn't try again. A goodly crowd was there, to a man (and several women) rooting for the professor. His wife, Winnifred, cheered him on. So did three sons — Ted, also a professor of chemistry at the U. and former chemistry department chairman there; Henry Bennion, former president of Ricks College and now deputy commissioner of education, The Great American Buffalo Making A Comeback, Still Much in Demand By Hal Spencer Tribune Staff Writer SANDY — Facing extinction at the turn of the century, the Great American Buffalo is thundering out of TV-land back on to the land where 60 million once roamed. Ownership of the imposing and darkly darkly handsome creatures among ranchers across the nation is becoming more and more common, according to A. Paul McFarland, who keeps a herd of 13 on property at 9100 S. 5th West. A soft-spoken man with a genuine affection for buffalo, also called Plains Bison, Mr. McFarland is building a herd and plans to sell the meat, hides and heads in a seller's market. Meat Expensive Buffalo meat goes for $7.50 a pound for boneless roasts and steaks, while a pound of ground buffalo meat sells for $2, he said. "You can sell the heads and hides anywhere. There's always a big demand demand for them," he said. As for the meat, it's non-allergenic and used by hospitals and others concerned with persons allergic to beef. "Billy Casper, the golfer, swears by buffalo meat," said Mr. McFarland. "He's allergic to beef, but buffalo meat doesn't bother him." The rancher, whose grandfather helped transport more than 100 buffalo from Lakepoint, Tooele County, to Antelope Island hi the late 1800s, said that even without the profit motive in a booming market, he'd probably raise the creatures. 'A Soft Spot' ^"Since grandfather's time, our family family has had a soft spot for the buffalo. ^They recall America's past and there's something about them uniquely beautiful," beautiful," he said. What's it like to raise them? "They're easy-to raise. That's why they'll never be extinct. I figure there's about 75,000 of them in this country now," said the rancher. Among their advantages over beef cattle, he said, is an extremely high calving rate. "A (buffalo) cow will bear a calf every year for the 50 years of her life,"he said. "Cattlemen are doing extremely weE to get a 75 per cent calving rate, while the average rate for buffalo is 85 per cent," he said. Yesterday's Chuckle Living within your means is likely to make people wonder if there's anything else peculiar about you. The rugged and powerful creatures are also better foragers than cattle sheep. They'll dig down into deep snow drifts for feed, and eat sagebrush and willows if necessary, he said. ' 'They'll eat things a cow would never touch." Wild Creatures The one drawback to raising them, said, is that buffalo are truly wild creatures and the rancher who raises them better have good, strong fences. "You don't ever trust 'em. You don't ever turn your back on 'em,'' he said with a shake of his head. Undaunted himfelf though, Mr. McFarland stood boldly in the middle the field and beckoned the herd with pan of oats. The herd quickly surrounded surrounded him and nuzzled the pan quick, fluid motions. For their size, they move more like deer than a cow. But the sportsman hunts them is no sportsman, said McFarland. They don't respond noise, and are easy to kill. That's buffalo hunters in the late 19th Century nearly wiped them out, he said. Buffalo will share a fenced field other livestock. Several fallow deer horses grazed peacefully next to herd. "But the buffalo are the bosses," he said. "Had a horse in with 'em, that horse just couldn't get it through his head that he wasn't the boss. bull gored him twice before I moved him." Western ranchers would have problems with the coyote if they raised buffalo herds instead of cattle, said Mr McFarland. The buffalo "would them off in no time," he said. buffalo's natural enemy, the wolf, is few in number to be a problem, he said. The rancher and his son have leased 1,800 acres in Soldier Canyon east Stockton, Tooele County, where they plan to establish a large buffalo herd. Ranchers in Wyoming and South Dakota already maintain large herds, and Mr. McFarland has similar plans' He's now negotiating for purchase 100 head of heifers, cows and bulls. Compared to cattle, the animals expensive. A calf sells for $500 yearling for S650 and a bull for Si ,00o! said. Boy Attacked, Robbed Ten-year-old Randy Cunningham North block of 1000 West, told po'lice that some children attacked him in parking lot of Albertson's, 900 N. West Temple, and stole a grocery containing a quart of buttermilk two onions, for a total loss of $1. Gentle-looking taking oats from a pan, these bison are not to be trusted, says owner A. Paul Tribune Stiff photo by Georae A. Sorenwn McFarland. Meat, at $2 a pound for buffalo- burger, is sought by persons allergic to beef. Secret Witness If you have a tip that will solve a major crime phone 359-4654 for reward instructions. instructions.