Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 27, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
ENTRANCE TO HARBOR This ship is just passing under the Lion's Gate Bridge al Vancouver, ihc entrance to the second largesl harbor facility in North America. The west coast port struggle with the grains industry nab many agribusinessmen in a conflict of whal to do lo increase the export capacity for grain A' the lime of this piclure, ihere were 21 ships wailing for grain shipments from the various terminal elevators. Delays in trains enroule to Vancouver was slated as the major cause for the delay, with some prosure pointed toward labor difficulties. With ex- ports now ahead of lasl year's folal by aboul 17 per cenl, exports are looking for Canada lo surpass ihc 700 million bushel inargeT set during the lasl crop year. Swihcifl Photo Beaf grading change for better Canadu's new beef grading M'slrin. still in Hie proposal stage, i-s being sought, hy tnc iiuhislry to provide a more1 complete description for tlie producer. Gary Dcjiuit, live-stock offi- cer for Ihc Canadii department o[ agriculture, said Ihc produc- er mnsl be aware of (hi1 faulls ol the present grading system hcforo changes cnn be niiulc. The producer musl have a clear understanding of carcass niCM'it and also shown an economic incentive to an improved product (tic roal ronson for (lie carcass grading system. Mr. Bo-noil said for sonic limn now Hie producer hits been lorn bolween (he need lo pnl excess fnt un Ibe calMc lo Cot lop prices and the building crilicism from consumers, wlio wanl n lean product. He said top dollar Is paid for fat animals even I hough fnl is a costly lissiic lo produce, ex- cess fni mo-ins fewer pounds of retail product and the of renim'inp excels fat in the (Kicking house is high. llo sniitl pnii of the problem U lluit Uu1 man responsible for mnrkcthig lean calllc is under paid. Pc.spite Ihc concern abonl f.'il, Ibe incvensini' price of beef bemuse of it and (lie fact thai beet consumption is elaslic (varies wilii p. Ibcre hns nol hccn a change in (lie slrnrlurc. A conference in Winnipeg five years njio iniliated a sludy fni1 a system. From this contcrencc and (hrough several conmiitleos and subcomniillees the follow- ing sketch defLiies Ihc major points lo he attempted in Ihe proposed beef grade stand- ards: lo fjivc a clear dotinilion of a beef carcass; yountt carcasses will he cut between (lie Ilth and (2th rih lo permit a fal measure rrent find ribcye iiieaKura- mcnl; carcass will lie graded unless health inspected; quality grades will be assigned, iiicliidiiip CaiiatK't A; Canada B; Cansida C, Class I and 2; Canada Class I, 2, 3, and 4: and Canada Bull. Can- ada A and B arc subdivided inlo four faL classes for each of tnrce weight ranges: A and H carcasses will carry a fal class on hnlh the slamp and Hie rib- bon brand (color classifica- --The different of bnef will he divided inlo quan- lily or culnbilily urnups hy (he fa( nioasurcmciit; n ad a A ca rcassos will require youllifuliipss, firm flestiing. fine grain, bright coor am' some marMing. Canada Cl carcasses be of slighl ly (woror qiinlily. Mr. Benuil slrcsscd thai Uu- proposal is n.it soltlnd and lhal man> changes could occur lic- fore Ihc firndinji system be- comes a reality, Some of tlie work lo be done bcfoie (lit- final slanchu'ds can implcnionlcd inchidos: approinl by the de- part menl of juslice prior lo L-iuH'tmenl bv the I'rivv Coun- cil; --compile- (raining of a 105- jfrarling slall; hiriiiff aiwl (c.-iininr; of iu ntUliliniial slaff incmhci s: of all inii ;intl brjmdinti rfiuipnicnl: of all foi'ms nsct] in sliitislical rcpiirlinj; of beef r a rl c ,s for market infor- mal ion: period of .'tl Ic.isl two immths (o allow beef pixjductT.s lo adjust feeding lo (ho new grading procedures. Mr. UcnoiL said Ihn new beef gradinj; will nol pro- vide any more money lo Ibe bL'of cnillR iiulu.slry. A grading system should ac- curately describe the product. Once de.scribod. supply and de- mand will opei'iite lo establish appropriate jn-k'0 diffcrenlials. lie .said this (ype of grading system sbovilr! (he idenlificaliim ind the Iniclcs using Ihc beef shnidd establish Ihc price differentials dial snii- ply and domand did ate The producer, knowing whal (he CTnisuinei' wants, I hen make I ho necessary ad just- monls to hrcedinp. feeding or mnnagcmcnl programs I o ward (lie poal of salisfyinp llic con- sumer.