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The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 8, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Ric Swihart Tuesday, JMUMry TMI LITHBftlDOf Livestock industry has left yo-yo year behind Grain farmers had 1973 pretty much rosey for the entire year and they ended up with the highest payments in history, an- nounced just before 1974 erupted on the scene. But it was in the livestock industry that the economic roller coaster played the loudest tune. Producers saw beef prices rise to record highs for a short period of time and then saw similar animals FORWARD AS STANDARD EQUIPMENT ALLIS-CHALMERS 7030 7050 The new Allis-Chalmers 7030 and 7050 tractors are just your speed whatever it is. Their Power Director XX transmission gives you 20 forward speeds to choose and use... plus you get a multi disc clutch and 3.62 inch diameter rear axles. You won't find this combination of features on any other tractor Come in and compare Interest Free Financing Now Available Super Sales Service Ltd. Allis Chalmers Farm Machinery Hesston Haying Equipment 214-31 Street N. Lethbridge Phones Bus. 328-8952 Res. 328-7023 Res. 752-3000 sell for distressed prices while the material inputs for cattle production con- tinued its skyward track. This resulted in several cattle feeders dropping a bundle of cash, others simply dropping the in- dustry and others struggl- ing along hoping things would get better. In the hog industry, the prices started low, made a strong run for record highs in the mid 70-cent-per- pound range before closing out strongly in the 50 to 55- cent-per-pound range. Dairymen were all smiles for about one week That is all the time it took for a government subsidy of five cents per quart to disappear under the dramatic demand and supply picture for feed grains and protein supplements that drove the milk production figures to Mars and back. Sheepmen did better in 1973 than in most years but it is the future that is brightest for this segment of the agricultural scene. A new producer-owned sheep and lamb slaughtering facilities will be in opera- tion in 1974 in Innisf ail and this will give added stabili- ty to lamb prices and will ensure top returns for producers. On the feathered side of things, chicken producers watched the closely controlled market rise to give good returns in the face of the increased feed prices. A new national egg marketing scheme will make itself felt more solid- ly in 1974 and will result in even more stability for the egg producers who remember the egg price wars of just a year or two ago. With all this in ink, I sup- pose one wonders why I don't go farming. Farm management courses are high on the list of priorities and the exten- sion branch of the Alberta Department of Agri- culture. As a service to fanners, The Chinook will report the location, course, starting date, duration aad instruc- tor for the course. In Medicine- Hat, farm management, Jan. 21, four weeks, Stan Schuler and irrigation management, Jan. 14, three weeks, Ernest Nickel. In Bow Island, farm management, Feb. 4 four weeks, Gordon Blanchard and soil and nutritional management, Jan. 14, three weeks, Brian Hubka. In Brooks, soil and nutritional management, Jan 28, three weeks, Don Alberts and livestock production, Feb 4, two weeks, Curtis Royer In Lethbridge, farm management, Jan 14, four weeks, Robert Wockmtz, soil and nutritional management, Jan 21, three weeks, Ike Lamer In Lomond, irrigation management Jan 21, four v.eeks B'vce Jacobs In Cardston, farm management, Feb. 4, four weeks, Bryce Jacobs. In Glenwood, irrigation management, Jan 28, three weeks, Laverne Vad- nais. On the Blood Indian Reserve, livestock management, Feb 18, two weeks, Grant Fox. In Claresholm, farm management, Jan 21, four weeks, Jack Yorgason. In Raymond, farm management, Feb. 11, four weeks, Robert Wockmtz. ANEE LIVEST Fort Maeleod Phone 234-4074 or 234-4428 Direct Line to Lethbridge 328-1477 "Livestock Dealers and Order Buyers" Hogs Shipped Monday, Tueeday, Wednesday and Thursday CATTULIMM SIRVICK We buy feeders on all markets in Alberta Contact us now tor your feeder cattle. On 1974 CARS and TRUCKS in stock! Recent price increases announced by General Motors will not apply on the 93 Astre's Pontiacs, Buicks and G.M.C. Trucks in stock at EMERSON'S. Take advantage of our large selection and save now! WE NEED YOUR TRADE! EMERSON'S Course! I DOWNTOWN ON 4th AVENUE SOUTH Open Till 9 P.M. Evenings! Telephone 329-4444 ASTRE PONTIAC BUICK CMC ;