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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-23,Lethbridge, Alberta Meat loss results from bruised cattle By KEN ROBERTS HeraM Bruising SU» Writer of animals is serious problem affecting two ■ per cent of animals to five ____ slaughtered, spokesman for a packing plant. An average bruise damages says a Lethbridge between five and 150 pounds of meal, but, sometimes an entire carcass of 600 pounds is ruined. The cost to the packing plant is between $8 and fSOO per animal. The spokesman requested he and his plant not be named because he felt readers might Impression bruising problem at his plant Packers, unions begin bargaining on new contracts Representatives of 12,000 employees of meat packing industries, including 400 in Southern Alberta, begin negotiations today and Thursday for new contracts that their union leaders say should allow workers to get in on the high profits of the food industry. Romeo Mathieu, Canadian director of the Canadian Food and Allied Workers Union, said bargaining between the union and Canada Packers Ltd. began today In Toronto. Negotiations between the union and Swift Canadian Co. Ltd. begins in Toronto and between Intercontinental Packing Ltd. in Regina Thursday.    . Bargaining also began today with Burns Foods Ltd. in Calgary.    . Norm Leclaire, business agent for union Local 740 in Lethbridge and Medicine Hat, said the contracts for meat packing industry employees is a national deal since the majority of the meat packers are owned nationally. The base rate of pay for union workers now stands at Ì4.07 per hour. Union leaders had no comment on what their objectives are for the current negotiations. Mr. Leclaire told The Herald this morning, however, that increased wages and pensions would be the heart of the new contract talks. He said the union has agreed with the meat packers to keep the negotiations oyt of the press and on the negotiation table at this time. • “We haven’t even met across the table yet,” he said. The plants affected in Lethbridge include Canada Packers Ltd., Swift Canadian Co. Ltd., Canadian Dressed Meats (Uthbridge) Limited. CtrtlM Dfulil MiekMic BUCŒNTALLAB MEDIMLKIITUBLDG. L«w*r Lm*I PHONE m-itsa In Medicine Hat, Alberta Western 8eef Co. Ltd. is involved. Both CDM in I^thbrid^e and Alberta Western in Medicine Hat are owned by Bums Foods Ltd. Mr. Leclaire will leave for Toronto for the Thursday negotiations. He is also involved in negotiations of new contracts for 60 employees at Catelli Ltd., a pasta foods (macaroni) manufacturing plant in Lethbridge and for 150 employees at Western Canadian Seed Processors Ltd. in Lethbridge. Mr. Mathieu said negotiations with the meat >acking industry will also lave a direct affect on another 5,000 employees working in independent packing plants across the country. The present talks could also affect negotiations between unions and the retail supermarkets. Under a three-year agreement which expires March 31, the union gained wage increases of 84 cents to bring their present average hourly rate to $4.45. Mr. Mathieu said the companies are riding a profit crest and union members, who see their food costs increasing will be seeking big increases. He didn’t elaborate. get the was a ,-------- — — r— Mily. Bruising is a problem of cattle handlers at all packing plants, he says. It’s difficult to determine at which stage of production bruising takes place because a bruise usually doesn’t appear until after an animal is lulled and dressed. Unless an animal has fallen in a truck and is detected when the cattle are being unloaded, a bruise usually won’t show until an animal is dressed When a bruise is spotted on the killing floor, it and the surrounding meat is cut out. A discount of about 30 cents a pound is given by a packer when selling a bruised carcass because it has less eye appeal than a normal carcass. A further cost may be assessed to a packer if the retailer finds more bruised meat. The packer absorbs all losses caused by bruising unless he buys cattle railgrade, in which case the shipper pays, the spokesman says. A railp-ade agreement has Uie packer ' ‘ ' Miss Hope final Tuesday the Lethbridge and district finals of the 1974 Miss Hope contest Sponsored by the Canadian Cancer Society vrill be held Tuesday in the lecture theatre. Room 7, of the Lethbridge Community College. The Miss Hope contest is part of the education program of the cancer society to make young people aware of the cancer problems. The contestants are: Carol Munby, a third-year student nurse from the Galt School of Nursing, and Joyce Stenbeck, a i»cond-year student nurse from LCI. SERVICE LTD. REGULAR EVENING AUCTION AT THE WAREHOUSE -1^20 2nd AVE. S. THURSDAY, JAN. Z4th TEAMS CASH SALE STARTS t:30 P.M.    NO RCSERVE Older style eedroom suite witf complete 3/4 bed, chest ol draweraand vanity dresser with stool. Chrome table and 2 chairs. Good selection of TV's, Metal cabinet. Stereo turntatjie and 2 speakers, Old console radio. Single Hollywood style bed. Late moael Coronado fridge (about 9 5 cu II). Tappan counter top range and oven with storage starid, 54” box spring and mattress, 3 glass inside doors 2 wicker rockers. Gas and electric ranges. Chesterfields and chairs. Small propane bottle; Utrlily table Ledger books, Radio-record player. Small crib, Beds, Washing Machines, Small electronic calculator. End tables. Phone table. Rugs, Magazine racks, 2 leatherette swivel chairs. Small carved table Floor lamps. Large fan, 2 gerry cans. Kitchen appliances, Nice table lamps. Portable electric sewing macTiine, SKis, Dishes, Pictures, Pots, Pans, Books, Small compressor. Floor polishers Electric b'-oom. Air coolers. Paint gun. Chams. Sink, Record players SPECIALS UC agAWAlJdllK 1EH9 ^ pay the producer for the weight of the animal after it is killed and dressed, but before chilling. If a bruise is visible, and it’s an old bruise, a government inspector on the Ncking plant killing floor will assess the shipper for damage. The packing plant can then make a claim against the shipper. However, if a bruise is fresh, chances are it happened during unloading and is the fault of the packing plant and the plant can make no claim. Usually a bruise is not detected until an animal is dressed, when no claim can be made. With hogs it’s a different story. All bruises can be seen before Uie hogs are killed. Bruising can be caused when cattle bump together or fall when being shipped by truck, the spokesman says. Bruising can also be caused when a shipper trys to unload cattle in a hurry and gets them exdted. Another cause is protruding objects like pegs or nails which cattle bump against during loading or unloading or while moving around at the packing plants. And during shipping, a horned animal may gouge another animal, causing a bruise. The spokesman says his packing plant has exhaustive education programs for its employees on the handling of cattle. It also carrys out inspections of its plants to remove any hazards which may cause bruising. But it’s often not enough. One Lethbridge packer had just finished an education program and had an inspection of the plant to remove hazards when a rash of bruised cattle appeared. Plant officials could not determine the cause and had a full-time man watching the unloading of cattle but the bruising continued. Then, just as mysteriously as it started, it stopped. Cattle from the U.S. in the past few months have been arriving with less bruises than some locally-shipped cattle, an authority says. One reason for this might be size of the American shippers, who can afford to spend more money reducing bruising liazards, he says. As one official puts it, bruising is an everyday occurrence that has always been with packing plants and probably will continue to be with them tor years to come. To B* S«W At 9:30 1971 Ford LTD 4 Door Hardtop 402-2V engine, power steering and brakes, immaculate interior, good tires, radio, mechanically good, only 22,000 miles. A very good dean unit, 10S5 Ford Snow Crulw Snowmobil*__ HURLBURT AUCTION SERVICE LTD. phone 32a*4709    2nd AVE. S.    • ^THSRIDQE TEP NEWBY    AUCTIONeenS    KEITH ERDMANN Lie. 41    I-*« **• This house at 709 6th Ave. S. sits idle, while persons affected by its proposed use — a halfway recovery house for alcoholics and dependent drug abusers — have their say. The notice, ordered by the Municipal Planning Commission, points out persons affected Halfway house? have the right to present a brief to a city development officer before Jan. 30. A hearing will be held on the proposal in city council chambers that day. BERGMAN'S FLOOR COVEHINflS Opan thurt. and Fri. IvMtinflt PlHHW 328-0372 2716 12th Av*. 8. We’ve Moved to 439-Miyir Magrath Or. <lnHolM«yVHI*««) f Doufl Kâlhreo*-Man**« * RMt-A-Car    * R«H-A-Triick PhoM 328-1333 Naked-eye observation difficult Kohoutek is still visible LCI typing class offers pool for businessmen's work The comet Kohout^ will still be visible to naked-eye observation until the end of January and with binoculars until mid-February, a University of Lethbridge scientist said Tuesday. Dr. Earl Milton, chairman of the U of L physics department, said the comet is still visible to the naked eye with difficulty, but is best seen with binoculars. Kohoutek is seen in the southwest shortly after sunset, slightly south of and above the planet Jupiter. 6 Lethbridge delegates to attend PC session A full complement of six delegates from the Lethbridge West provincial Progressive Conservative association will be attending the party’s convention in Eklmonton Feb. 1, 2 and 3. Dwight Jensen, Barbara Jensen, Dr. Ernest Mardon, Elizab«th De Armond, Lorene McCready and Roy Krahn are the voting delegates. Energy and Altierta's role in the national situation, provincial industrial strategy and the government’s social responsibilities are among the topics to be discussed at the convention. Other subjects are rural gasification, gasoline pricing, foreign Games Society awaits funds from Ottawa Money from the federal government in operating and capital expenditures, expected by the end of this month, has not yet been received by the Canada Winter Games Society. Manager Keith Lees said the funds are expected daily in the amount of $530,000 in capital expenditures, $100,000 in operatmg expenditures and $50,000 to cover operating expenditures expected in November but not received. The society has done no borrowing even though the federal money has not yet come through. ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLIKIC DiHTAL MECHANIC SchwtrU •»1.222 51» St, S, PhOfW 328-40S5 ownership and human rights. The theme of the convention is “Participate in Pr<^ess.” It can be recognized by its fuz^ appearance and its tail. The comet will be approximately southwest and 33 degrees above the horizon at 6:39 p.m. today, 35 degrees above the horizon at 6:43 p.m. Friday, 37 degrees above the horizon at 6:46 p.m. Sunday and 39 degrees above the horizon at 6:49 p.m. Tuesday. Next Thursday it will be about 40 degrees above the horizon at 6:52 p.m. Positions are calculated for the U of L campus, and observers should look one minute earlier for every 11 miles east of the campus and one minute later for every 11 miles west of the campus. County teachers to propose plan to make up lost time Two alternatives, including one which differs from a county recommendation, will be presented to teachers in the county by the execuUve of their association for making up time lost because of the Canada Winter Games. The executive of local 21 of the Alberta Teachers’ Association, a group representing 190 teachers, will present the proposals Thursday at a meeting of the local council of the association. ■ The first proposal is to accept a county recommendation the school year belM earlier than normal, Aug. & instead of Sept. 3. The county recommendation was made by Supt. Chick Burge at a school committee. meeting one week ago and was then turned over to the ATA for perusal. The second alternative, as presented by the ATA executive, is to begin school as usual Sept. 3 and lengthen the school day in the second semester. In either case said Ms. Ambrose, the executive agrees with a county proposal which would shorten the Easter Vancation by four days to make up the remainder of nine days lost during the Games set for Feb. 11 to 23. SMILEY'S PLUMBING «ASIMENTBATHHÛOM« REMODELLIMO PhoM 311-1171 A senior Igiing class at Lethbridge Collegiate Institute may provide an answer to typing chores that might otherwise not get done. The answer — commercial typing at LCI beginning Feb. 1 for businessmen and anyone who needs typing done. The program, developed by typing instructor Louise Spencer-Murray, wül have 14 business students add practical experience to their inclass work while helping local businessmei with their office chores. - Through the typing pool, businessmen would bring their work to LCI by first phoning 326^606 and asking for extension 27. They would pick the work up when it is ready at the school. Hours are 8:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 11:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Customers will supply their own paper with typing done at a cost of 40 cents a page and three cents for a carbon copy. Half of the money will go to the students who do the work with the remainder going toward the cost of running the program. Costs include the expense of operating a telephone and special equipment for the program the typing class would not normally have. The pilot project replaces a work-experience program which in previous years has had students go out into the community for field experience. Some of the students, says Mrs. Murray, are already working part-time in the business community. She emphasizes the program is a pilot project U.S. reps in Calgary Two representatives of the United States Social Security Administration will be at the Consulate-General’s office in Calgary Jan. 30 and 31 to answer questions regarding American social security matters. More information can be obtained by writing Raymond Pedersen, in care of the United States Consulate-General, Ste. 1050, 615 Macleod Tr. S.E., Calgary. FOX DENTURE CLINIC Est 1922 PHONE aar-Hcs B, S. P. FOX, C.D.M. FOX LETHBfllDGE DENTAL LAB 204 MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. DEBONAIR 3-plec9 CARVING SET Simulated slag handles, hollow ground carver. Forged fork with guard and magnetized sharpening steel Luxurious satin lined presentation box. Special 10” dHHomnnrK 327-5767 DOWNTOWN INSTALLATION HUMIDIFIERS 1709 2nd AfC. 32»S»73 FINAL 3 DAYS CAMM’S JANUARY SHOE FUEL 8AVING1 Y«u wM •t a towtr l*tnp«r*tur« ^o*MM < Itumwy I* rigM. Hiv*a POWER HUMIDIFIER VALENTINES DAY is just around the comer! 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