The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 28, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Market outlook 'good for farm Industry, grim for consumers' OTTAWA (CP) The agriculture department's 1974 outlook for the farm industry contains few indications of consumer relief from rising food prices. The department, in its 262-page forecast to the annual agriculture outlook conference today, sees continued strong prices for most com- modities. Wheat prices will remain high, and beef prices, although they will vary, will be close to the high 1973 levels, it said. Prices for hogs during the first half of 1974 are expected to be above 1973 levels, but might fall in the second half. The outlook does not predict consumer prices, but anticipates supply, demand .and prices to which bear directly on what the consumer pays. The department forecasts that wheat stocks held by major exporters will be decreased fur- ther this year. This is despite record world wheat production and lower exports during the first part of the 1973-74 crop year. Canada's exports might approach 500 million bushels, compared with 577 million bushels in 1972-73. The department warned that transportation problems, internal and possibly external, might prevent realization of that export figure. It predicted that Canadian wheat production might be increased by as much as three million acres this year to 28 million acres. Many other countries would try to do the same and a large world production of wheat and rice might lead to some weakening of prices. World demand for feed grains would remain strong and so would least until new crop supplies were in sight. "More uncertainties with (feed grain) price implications for the coming months are in evidence than- usual, including the possible im- pact from the energy crisis and possibilities of further changes in values of world currencies." The outlook said prices of oilseeds, oils and meals are expected to ease moderately between now and the end of the crop year this summer. This would be the result of an anticipated large increase in world oilseed production. However, average prices received by farmers likely would be higher during 1973-74 than during the previous year. Farmers were told that in view of expected low levels of Canadian oilseed stocks, pro- duction could be increased without building an excessive stockpile. Rapeseed exports likely would be reduced to about 42 million bushels and the average farm price for this crop likely would exceed last year's estimated price of 13.20 a bushel. The department said the supply-price outlook for beef remains in an atmosphere of con- siderable uncertainty. "Continuing expansion of Canada's beef breeding herd in recent years is expected to result in increased beef output in 1974. Prices may vary through the year, but could average close to 1973 levels." Cattle feeders, and feedlot operators in par- ticular, were told they may continue in a rela- tively unfavorable profit position, at least for the first part of the year. A continued downward trend was predicted for veal slaughter, but prices would remain strong. Lower output also was forecast for the pork in- dustry during the first half of 1974. Hog prices in the first half were expected to average above year-earlier levels, but fall in the second half. This might mean average prices for the year would be below "the unusually high 1973 last-half levels." The department forecast high lamb and wool prices, reflecting relatively tight supplies. Also predicted was an increase in milk produc- tion, but this would depend on producer prices in relation to input costs. "Sales of fluid milk for fresh consumption are forecast to continue to expand. Production and consumption of cheese is expected to increase in 1974 and exports may expand." The outlook said butter production will in- crease "if there is a moderate rise in total milk production, but butter consumption is expected to decline further." If butter imports were required, they likely would be considerably below 1973 import levels. "Farm cash receipts from the sale of milk and cream, excluding subsidies, may reach a record high of billion." The outlook for poultry meats was fair, and a moderate three-to five-per-cent increase in marketing was expected this year. "Prices of broiler chickens are expected to weaken in the first quarter of 1974 and should recover by mid-year." Turkey prices likely would remain firm with marketing attobout 215 million pounds. There was no firm prediction for the price of eggs. The department said prices will be ad- justed seasonally during the first quarter and will be affected throughout the year by feed and other costs and United States market prices. The department also forecast that total farm cash receipts this year will be billion com- pared with the preliminary figure of billion last year. Cash receipts from crops would be billion, compared with billion the previous year. The Letlibridne Herald VOL LXVII 39 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 1974 20 Pages 10 Cents Wabamum malfunction put city in the dark Power was off in the city for up to 10 minutes in some areas Saturday night after a malfunction at Calgary Power's Wabamun plant west of Edmonton tripped circuit breakers at the Lethbridge plant. A spokesman for the city utility department said today there was a brief interruption in power from Calgary Power which automatically triggered circuit breakers at the city plant. Different areas of the city were out for different periods of time, some for justVcouple of minutes, the different were.restored, he said. J 1 Lethbridge police had to direct traffic at busy intersections but described the outage as only a minor inconvenience. They reported no incidents connected with .the power failure. Much of the province was thrown into darkness when the malfunction occurred while Calgary Power workers were mending steam leaks in a generator at the Wabamun plant, 40 miles west of Edmonton. William Kirkland, general manager for Edmonton Power, which is connected into the Calgary Power grid, said Sunday he believed the outage was the most widespread ever to occur in the province. The outage ranged from a few minutes to more than an hour in parts of the province. Don Porter, an information officer for Calgary Power, said the company had waited until the peak power-use period passed, then shut down the Wabamun generator for repairs and threv, more power demand on two Calgary Power generators in the nearby Sundance Plant. For unexplained reasons, a circuit-breaker, which was supposed to cut off power lines connecting Wabamun and Sundance when the current rises above a certain level, triggered open As a result, Sundance no longer put' power into the provincial grid and consumer demand far exceeded capacity, slowing down the remaining' genera tors, said Mr. Porter. With generation decreased, the 60-cycle frequency of power dropped to about 59 cycles, automatically cutting off power to people around the province Power was restored as the Calgary and Edmonton companies brought idle hydro generators into activity and poured more fuel into thermal plants. and heard About town Christine Wing getting into the wrong parked car, and arguing with the commissionaire about to ticket it for illegal parking.. Claeys forgetting her shoes and raiding her future mother-in-law's closet. Down the slopes Princess Anne and Mark Phillips toboggan near Government House Fast-paced visit for Anne, Mark Changing partners Prime Minister Trudeau takes the hand of Princess Anne after changing partners with Governor- General Jules Leger, who begins to dance with Marga- ret Trudeau. The dance was held during a Saturday night party at Government House. King Faisal may cut price of oil in Saudi OTTAWA (CP) Princess Anne and Capt. Mark Phillips ended a fast-paced, informal weekend visit Sunday night, flying with the Queen to Christchurch, New Zealand, and the Commonwealth Games. Crowds applauded the young couple at every stop. The 23-year-old princess, al- though sometimes described as headstrong, appeared shy through most of her visit, while her 25-year-old husband stayed in the background. The visit began Friday night with a greeting from Gov.- Gen. Jules Leger and Mme. Leger. The tour began in earnest Saturday when cheering crowds outside the Parlia- ment Buildings surged around the couple as they made their way to a limousine. A similar welcome awaited them following a tour of the National Arts Centre. The princess and Capt, Phil- lips walked a short distance along the Rideau Canal amid a throng of cheering skaters. Through it all, the princess kept a warm, but shy smile and the couple stopped now and again to chat with children or shake hands with adults. Saturday night, the royal couple swooped down a tobog- gan run at a Government House winter party. A crowd of people, selected to provide a cross-section of Canadians between the ages of 20 and 30, joined in the skating, toboganning and sleigh rides and then took to the dance floor with the royal couple. Sunday morning, the princess, Capt. Phillips and the Legers attended a church service at Erskine Presbyterian Church. The princess and Capt. Phil- lips spent Sunday afternoon with the Trudeaus at the prime minister's Sussex Drive home. The royal couple then drove to the airport where, with the Trudeaus, the Legers and Gen. Jacques Dextraze, chief of the defence staff, they greeted the Queen. While her aircraft was re- fueled after the flight from London, the Queen attended a reception at the Canadian forces base officers mess. There she invested Col. Donald Curtis McKinnon as a Commander of the Royal Vic- torian Order. After one last wave from the Queen at the top of the ramp the British Airways VC-10 left for New Zealand with a short refueling stop in Vancouver. TOKYO (CP) Oil Minister Ahmed Zaki Yamani of Saudi Arabia said Sunday that King Faisal is consider- ing cutting Saudi oil prices because of concern over inter- national trade. Yamani told a news confer- ence that the Saudi monarch is worried that the recently raised oil prices might con- tribute to balance-of- payments problems in both in- dustrial and undeveloped countries. The industrial countries would have payments problems because they are paying more for their petroleum. The undeveloped countries would face similar problems if the industrialized countries raise prices for manufactured products to make up for the oil prices. But Yamani said- the pre- sent oil prices arc much below oil's true value based on supp- ly and demand Inside Classified........16-19 Comics............ 6 p Comment.......... 4 District............13 :g Family .....14-15 Local News 11-12 Markets......... 20 Sports 8-10 Theatres......... 7 TV........ 7 Weather......... 3 g Wildcat walkout slows U.K. trains LONDON (CP) A 24-hour wildcat rail strike cut ser- vices for British commuters between 50 and 80 per cent to- day and caused traffic jams. British Rail said commuter services from the south into London's Waterloo Station were cut by 80 per cent. Ser- vices from the east and the north to London terminals were down 50 per cent. Hundreds of trains were de- layed or cancelled. Signalmen and rail clerks Dooley aims at Syke's job CALGARY (CP) Former alderman Ed Dooley fired the first round of the 1974 mayoralty campaign Sunday night, vowing at a public rally to end bicker- ing at city hall if elected in October. Taking a swipe at the way Mayor Rod Sykes has handled relations with appointed officials, the 43-year-old financial consultant promised to "restore peace to city hall" by allowing depart- ment heads to act without interference. Mr. Dooley also said city council should fight for the site of the recently-announced million Alberta oil sands technology and research authority. defied leaders of their own un- ion and said they will not work today to protest being sent home Sunday without pay. The signalmen, guards and porters have been drawing pay as usual for weekend time but for seven weeks have been unable to work because of the ban on weekend work by engi- neers and firemen demanding wage increases in excess of anti-inflation ceilings. The government railway board for the first time refus- ed to pay non-strikers for doing nothing and said it saved jWW.OOO. Meanwhile, representatives of Britain's employers warned that the three-day work week, introduced at the start of the year because .of fuel shor- tages, is beginning to cut production figures. Leaders of the Confedera- tion of British Industry (CBI) meet Prime Minister Edward Heath today to review produc- tion figures in the light of the shortened week and possible strike by the country's coal miners. Energy Secretary Lord Car- rington has warned that the work week may have to be cut 2'A or two the miners go on strike in sup- port of a pay rise above the government's anti-inflation ceiling. Reports from the coal fields suggest that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is assured of the required 55 per cent vote by its members in favor of a strike. Miners' leaders have warn- ed that in the event of a strike, they will use mass picketing to prevent stockpiled coal from reaching power stations. Heath received some good news during the weekend when the country's schoolteachers followed the Trade with Mexico expected to surge 'for your you'n still of them till.' ;K LOW TONIGHT HIGH TUES, 29; SNOW. MEXICO CITY (CP) Describing the work of a Canadian trade mission as "a very successful Trade Minister Alastair Gillespie says there are prospects for a big jump in Canadian exports in Mexico. Over the next few years, he says, Canada may reap as much as billion in sales. Ex- ports to Mexico have been ris- ing steadily, increasing to million in the first 11 months of 1973 from the previous high of 199.1 million for the whole of 1972. In forecasting a step-up in this trend, Gillespie told a news conference Saturday he is more confident of Canada's position as an exporter to Mexico than he was 10 days ago. The three-day mission, which included 33 Canadian businessmen, had given better focus to the potential for Canada. The prelude to joint ministerial talks open- ing Sunday, completed its work Saturday after holding a number of meetings with Mexican business and govern- ment officials. Mexico usually shows a deficit in its trade with Canada, importing more from Canada than it exports. Gillespie said Mexico wants to narrow this gap and the Cana- dian government will lend assistance "but the Mexicans have to show initiative." In the first 11 months of 1973, Mexico exported million worth of goods to Canada, "but if you add the tourist trade, the Mexicans are not doing Gillespie said. Earlier, at an unusually lenghy, informal meeting with President Luis Echeverria, Gillespie and mission members outlined areas in which Canadian participation in Mexico's development can be increased. The minister and Lome Main of Toronto, marketing director for Hawker Siddeley Canada Ltd., mentioned specifically a proposal for Canadian help in rehabilitating the Mexican railway system at a cost of million. Mexico's share of costs might be about million. example of electric power sta- tion workers and about five million other workers in agreeing to settle for pay in- creases within the anti- inflation limits. Trudeau on skiing vacation (CP) rPrime Minister Trudeau left Sunday night aboard a Canadian forces service flight, bound for a skiing holiday in Switzerland and business meetings in Austria. Mrs.' Trudeau was at the airport to see her hus- band off, minutes after the couple had said good- bye to the Queen, Princess Anne and Capt. Mark Phillips. Mr Trudeau plans about a week of skiing and relaxation in Switzerland before attending the three-day Club of Rome meeting in Salzburg starting Feb. 3. The meeting of the Club of Rome, a high-level study group will discuss world food supplies and government policy in this area. Mrs. Trudeau is to take a separate holiday in the Caribbean. Fernie mails bid to join Alberta FERNIE, B.C. (CP) Of- ficial requests for Fernie to leave British Columbia and join Alberta have been sent to Premiers Dave Barrett and Peter Lougheed, Jack White, president of the Fernie Board of Trade said today. The board voted unanimous- ly last week asking Premier Lougheed of Alberta to annex this town of in the southeastern corner of B.C "We're not said Telford Dicks, a member of the board who proposed the secession move "We're dead serious about wanting to secede from British Columbia and join Alberta if Premier Lougheed will have us." The secession vote came after a B C. government map, prepared for distribution at Expo 74 in Spokane, Wash., was found to end the southeastern B.C. boundary at Cranbrook. 100 miles west of here "I just hope Mr. Barrett lets us go Mr. Dicks said. "If he won't give us a plebiscite, we'll petition for one Fernie Mayor Vern Uphill said "the only time Victoria pays attention to us is at tax time." adding that he and the lown council would prefer to let the board of trade carry out the fight for secession at this time.