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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 30, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta TiMMtay, April 30, 1974 THE LETHBRIOQE HERALD 17 Cheap imports threaten poultry farm By OQUG SMALL CARP, Ont, (CP) In farm trade terns, Morris MeCaUum v has a "vertically integrated operation He's in the efg and poultry business, primarily as supplier of pullets to egg factories throughout the province lut pullets aren't shipped oft laying hens until they're weeks old and, since they start laying as early as It weeks, MeCallum has a steady has enough in fast, to supply his own little eft store on Highway IT nearthis Ottawa valley town, And stnee the efg store is right on the highway, he uses the loca- tion as a discount gas bar as well He also sells eheese made at a nearby factory and horseradish, and mapte syrup Mr MeCaHum says there are pitfatts his poutory business, primarily feed costs tor his hens and the threat of eheap imports eggs from the United States. Oast of etefcen feed has risen a low, to between and in the. last year, and imported eras can "cut the bottom out ike market" if in at peak amendments to the Import and Export Permits part of a .1972 bargain Egg men across the country agreed to national marketing legislation that year and were "promised faithfully in return" that the deal included protection against cheap imports, Mr, Hudson says. It boils down to the economies of egg production. Mr. Hudson spends slightly more than ta raising each ehkk in his laying nock of to the point that it starts laying eggs. About 42 cents of that amount is spent for the H pounds of feed needed to raise taea ejhtefc to its laying Slim profit Then, for 12 months, each puUet or laying hen produggs about seven eggs erery M days about 88 eggs during its laying lite (At the end of a year, each pullet is "turned into sold for process eags are sold to a station, wiudh is by the Qntaro egg board to pay a irate of about rants a tor axerafe- foods. Grade A large an? said em "YfehaYetahaxefretee- Mtarkefag Ageaey says, it ftfr MteQaUwm eoste to pulsing Mjfc imidr_ preidnce wggs, the aad eJheeiry egg teavwft most fanaors i 41 IWWW. 101 timWHH, a tow WfeH taws, ttat a w.iJi6 wwrk Iwy bjt the wJteni our bmse was ia Mazatian. iiwft in, witth xis. Pacifi WwWr.rf Mmyottw, controlled as it can it would put its house in order with import controls. "Well, now's the time for the government to live up to its promises." Mr. Hudson was one of a number of egg farmers hotly opposed to the marketing legislation when it was going through Parliament two years ago. Now, however, be says the controlled marketing system, which doles out quotas and attempts to gear supplies with demand, probably benefits the industry. Mr. Hudson says egg prices will probably remain relatively stable and that there may be even a slight dip in costs as a result of the marketing legislation. ARE HERE iQOotcffo MDIAM imwrtic oil; you dhocaft Hie IQOcc. wot when you> dMb'lr QMHR o iniiuftaKyJg unfaa ilr was out INDMUii WWII, iftiose ttntt oflr ;