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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 12, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, December 12, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 25 Investigation into meat grading urged Horner flays coast port facilities By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer EDMONTON Use of a se- cond grading system by livestock packing plants to influence returns from retail stores at the expense of producers should be investigated, says Alberta Agriculture Minister Hugh Horner. In a press conference following his address to the fifth annual meeting of Unifarm here, Dr. Horner said packing plants "are not living" with federal meat inspector's grades for cattle carcasses. He said packers discount heifer cattle, virgin bulls, and dairy cattle compared with steer beef animals, at the ex- pense of producers. Ron Tolton of Calgary, western fieldman for the Meat Packers Council of Canada, told The Herald in an inter- view Tuesday there are no secrets about the marketing of all types of cattle. It comes down to a matter of economics, he said. The animals not considered the best should be worth less money. He said when producers sell their animals to the packer it is only one segment of the marketing chain. The meat must still go from the packer to a wholesaler and retailer before reaching the con- sumer. When prime beef steer car- casses are in good supply, retailers discount all animals except steers which provide the best meat for the consum- ing public. In the case of dairy animals, retailers have found over a period of time that the car- casses don't yield as much meat, compared with steers and they hold less eye appeal in the meat counter said Mr. Tolton. He said dairy cattle have become a recognized trade brand that is not recognized by the federal meat inspec- tors. The dairy cattle have a different conformation than beef breeds, resulting in a shallow loin and bare hips which give less saleable meat, especially of prime cuts. The retailers receive more consumer complaints about dairy cattle meat because, although the meat measures up in color to beef breeds, it isn't as tender. In the case of virgin bulls, they are fine if they are strict- ly virgin, said Mr. Tolton. Too often these animals are too mature. EDMONTON (Staff) Federal policies for stability in agriculture and co opera- tion throughout the industry are needed to allow Canada's marketing system to max- imize returns to farmers, says Agriculture Minister Hugh Horner. Speaking to 400 delegates to the fifth annual meeting of Unifarm this week, Dr. Horner urged the member farm organization to become more involved in at- taining better incomes for farmers. He challenged the farm group to consider a study on the grain handling industry to find the most effective use of the present grain elevator system, to determine how to increase the efficiency of the grain transportation system and to plan better use of the port facilities at Vancouver and Prince Rupert to max- imize grain shipment. He in- dicated Alberta might use some of its resources to im- prove the ports. He said many sectors of agriculture feel there is too much government involve- ment in agriculture in Alberta already through the numerous economic programs. He defended his department involvement to aid farms throughout the province by pointing to the diversity of agriculture. Marketing problems faced j by agriculture must be met by national policies, he said. Because 75 to 80 per cent of Alberta's agricultural produc- tion is exported, the "roller coaster" effect on farm in- comes must be removed and this is a federal matter. With issues such as grain handling, use of elevators, use of inland terminals, rail line abandonment and federal transportation subsidies "starting to crystalize" the Alberta government is main- taining a tough position for the benefit of a farm community, he said. Dr. Homer said the Alberta government will not allow any rail lines to be abandoned nor any tinkering with the Crowsnest rates until the federal government fully ex- plains its intentions. On the elevator issue, Dr. Horner said industry should be studying how to modify the present system instead of thinking of a completely new method of handling grain. But with all the problems with country and inland elevators, the biggest block remains the ports of Van- couver and Prince Rupert, said Dr. Homer. 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