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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 23, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 THE LEtHSRIDGE HERALD Tuwday, Jonuorv 21, 1973 _______ Aberdeen-Angus a proven domestic breed It is nouh'e diat die ilrsc Aberdeen--Vngits calf DO be born in North America Jan. 12. 1S7T was Eyobrighr :ind from the herd of rhe Guelph Experimen- tal Farm now the I'nivei-siiy PC Gue'ph which was Che first herd to be es- R eeen i incl udes Alber. SI milhon Oarw- rtj2J3 sji Angis bull whose sold IT. on? sale I.15T veA" era-led wvll er 3! Orrx-- Canadian fo.-y j exports u.-n in Dtcvnb-r 1P71 of as Aber- forr.sles from ads '.o These from Frsrk S.rT..'.i 01 Ar.pss .r. Tins is 'V birthplace viLh sale Li the SiO.COO 10 range snLi acC.-OUIH for per cent of all FOOD The great corp-jrare land rhai in ihe iate by companies ihdi had no v.jji rure 'A-as reportedly touched off by a US DA. report pre- increi-os in food p.'-.-'ciucTiDri that be to tike hirterly abot< rhis "eor- porate invasion." Some even advocated re distribution of large holdings among indepen- dent ovner farmers and the furor raifed the possibility of legislation against vertical in- tegration. The California study shoe's that this alarm is being regis- tered at a time when the cor- ptTrar.e I'arms are turning out to be no meance at all except --heir pareor companies pro- FMI.l RFS .No puirae agency ieeps tack of the financial records of large corporate farms, but agricul- ture depart.'Tient officials can rattle off the names of many spectacular raiiures. Among <.hera are Gates RLHi-ber Com- pany ined for ttn-ee years :o STOW beets, corn and vegetables on 10.000 acres in Eastern before selling off it larj.-i arxi expensive equip- ment in 19-71 In !kV-: CEK Inc dCres in TSXAS and CiUion-.-a and i.o crow anri ux-d catt DII' ga ve up i -.vcn: :nro roaJ 'jn-a; U'es1. Ranches, Inc 35- a fi-'ir nrilliin 3CP3 c 0 ,TI p 1 e of arvd ranches in the H bankrupt last year Teimeoo. a multi oooglom- erate which recently piffchased the Case Farm Eqvripme B t tine has sold off 70 000 acres in California and will concentrate on packing and marketing ot fresh Emits and veg-efnbles. and u-iH leave the farming up to in- dependent operators Our own Peace River has seen U.S corporate farm- ing venmres fail. Clares- holm a Florida based caale op- eration tried 10 make a profit and out last year Just why do other- wise suc-cespfuj coi-poraiions do so badly in Tte Uni- versity of California srudy points out thai farming is satur- ated with uncertainties such as weather, soil, seed yields. Such 'incertainties call for count nVviMons that must be msde o-Jt in the fieki and not behind a The typical independerU erow-sr is henor equipped tiuin 3 hired manager '.o accept the y' these. chancor; He is familiar with his oper.iQon tliai iT-S ard ire ai- :o him. corpora uons tbw ttldi modern managsa's and Che ewnomJes of scale that could operate more efficienUr the smaller independent operators. But. as soon as tiw oeprau-in beyond Ihe ab- iliry of the owner to stay on top ot his total operation, where critical decisions be niaoa daily begin to mourn. DOLLAR SIGNS 5Utdy found thai fi- naucirfily orwotated b r a j j really uodersand farnv- Trw conipartie5 tr.ed ;o grow too fast, so tlioy h-ave a Qhance to make little before they made Che ones And dw fnxi: line managers fanned strictly first class, figuring he had plerwr of money to speixi because outfit was big. "Rw old adage that rhe essen- tial factor in proutabie oo-e is the shadow of the owner on bus land.'" The per- day 10 day supervision by a nian with a take in lite enterprise does ap- to be more iiiipor'art'. in agriculture, riian ii nwy in .w- h'.isirrftW. IT, new of finding I tuive conclude that zn to .is J.olL ;