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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 13, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Let Ona Call do It All Airline and Steamship Reservations Hotel Reservations U Drives, Ground Tours For All Travel Requirements Call ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL CENTRE VILLAGE Phonei 328-8184 328-3201 The Lcthbridfje Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, June 13, 1972 PAGES 11 TO 22 NOW IN OUR NEW LOCATION CECIL OXENBURY DISPENSING OPTICIANS LTD. 101 PROFESSIONAL BLDG. 740 4lh AVE. S. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA Summer Is coming. with a parr of Prescription Sunglasses. Packing house buying system may be key to meat prices By RIO SW1HART Herald Start Writer The secret to Canada's cst- tlo industry is the open rnar- i kct purchase a p p p r each used by all, from t he- small abba- toir operator 1 to the largest meat packing houses. Marl; it up to today's eco- nomic conditions, the will ot most people to spend money on luxury items or recreation items, the Mgh cost of living or just plnin planning: the majority of Canadians pur- chase their meat supplies by the piece. This means they have to frequent the local meat stores or a food chain. From, the producer, the animals are purchased by the major and minor packers. This price- determines the producer's success- Regardless of what price is set, the amount of money made during the project of raising cattle for', sale in- volves countless variables. T h c most efficient manager makes the most money for the period during which the cattle were sold. The time of the sale can be varied only to a certain de- gree before the time comes when they must be sold. Whatever time the producers select to sell, for the majori- ty of the cattle, the major packing house is the buyer. The feedlot is the beet arena, the place where cat- tle stop off to pick up the proper weight and finish en- route to the slaughter house. From this facility, the pack- ing houses compete against one another through the "sealed bid" basis auction. The other method used to purchase caltle tlirough is the open auction. The closed bid system op- erates simply. Buyers from the 'packing houses appraise the pens of cattle in the feed- lot. They view the cattle with the idea in mind to decide what percentage the animal Meat prices seem Jo have been on the increase at a far greater rate than oilier food prices during Ihe past few years. Bui when com- pared vi I h other com- modities, have they really? Canadians eat more meat than people almost any- where else in the world. ana1 recently Canadian ranchers have not been producing os much meat as the country has been eating. Herald reporler Ric Swi- hart examines the Can- adian meal situation in a series of articles this week. will dress out, what grade it will make and what the car- cass will look like when it is in the cooler. The- element here is guess- work. Buyers are competing against one another for the cattle, are pitting their judge- ment of cattle quality against the dollar signs and the other buyers. They have lo figure what dollar value they can put on the cattle lo surpass the bids of the other buyers and at the same time make money for the packing house. Because of this guesswork, the sealed bid system tends to escalate the price of the beef to the packer, and thus, Gty youth killed in explosion CANMOHE (Special) Ex- perimcnts with home-made gun powder and an attempt to fash- ion a cannon from a piece of copper tubing ended in an ex- plosion and the death of a Leth. bridge youth, Michael Rodney Harder, 14, reportedly of 938 12th St. S., Sunday. Canmore HCMP reported Harder and liis cousin Steve K o v c a s, 17, had plugged one end of the nine-inch piece of tubing with a steel bolt, stuffed it full of their gun powder, bu- ried it in a hole and ignited the fuse. An explosion resulted. The Harder youth was struck In the chest wilh a piece of fly- ing metal and died shortly after being admitted lo the Canmore hospital. An autopsy held Monday showed the youth had been struck in the heart by the ex- plosion-driven metal. Harder's cousin was not in- jured in the blast. A coroner's inquest into the death will be held, but no date has been set. Canmore is about 50 miles west of Calgary. RECEIVES DEGREE Robert Frank Llewelly of Lethbridge received the degree of bachelor of laws at the Uni- versity of Alberta 1972 spring convocation. Stop the simmer! tfHHOKteitnX cooing it just a ptame caH away and onfy Plus Installation fncfutfes: Btuh denting unit, 2O foot Tine setontt evaporator coif. Enjoy it now! CHARITON and Hill LTD. 7262 2nd Ave. S. Phone 328-3388 Certified IENNOX dealer HAPPY FACES When did a child ever refuse to go to the circus? The Kinsmen Club brings clowns ancf child- ren together Saturday for the visit of ihe De Wayne Bros. Circus to the Fort Whoop-Up grounds of Indian Battle Park. Shows at 2 and 8 p.m. feature wild animals, train- ed dogs, acrobats, aerialists, -Jugglers, clowns and trampo- line and teeterboard artists. Tickets ore available at the showgrounds Saturday. Canada could be example' of sound ecological management By LARRY BENNETT Herald Staff Writer Canada could be "the finest example of the proper use of man's environment if the prop- er planning were started right now." So said noted author, conser- vationist, environmental con- sultant 'and filmmaker Andy Russell in a speech to the week- ly Lethbridge Rotary Club luncheon Monday at the Mar- quis Hotel. Mr. Russell told 68 members and guests it was time to look at more than fast operation and quick profit as prime industrial CLIFF SLACK, Cerlified Denial Mechanic BLACK DENTAL LAE Lower Level MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. PHONE 327-2825 GET AWAY FROM IT ALL! IN THIS COMPLETELY SELF-CONTAINED CAMPER PRICE ONLY Can be seen al 961 12 Sf. B South Phena 328-6752 or 327-1056 motives. Industry must also study the effects on those arounrj it to be truly fair, he said. Misuse and wasteful use ol valuable and fertile lands was cited as a major problem in Canada's ever industrializing society. "One of the most fertile areas in Canada the Fraser River delta is being lost foi ever, a little at a time, each he said. "Topsoil on the delta is as thick as 20 feet in some areas and when it is used for buildinf sites it is gone forever. There will come a lime in the future when that land will be needet to produce leafy vegetables we are now buying in the market Those vegetables are importer from California and there wil come a time when our sources will be Mr. Eussell said. "The depletion e- supply is the result of both overpopula- tion and the use of farm lands for building. 'There will come a time when Canada will have to be able trj produce its own vege- tables and one of the few areas usable the Fraser River valley will be under build- ings and not at all he said. Mr. Russell said Canada should consider a land-use base tax system similar to the one currently used in California. The tax system allows lower rates for land used in farming, but once any of the land is sub- divided for building, the taxes on all of it increase. He suggested such a taxation system allowed the farmer to continue to use his land for agricultural purposes and put the burden of use-taxes on the builders and industries. "If the taxes continued to In- crease on farm land because of tourist or industrial value, the farmer would soon not be able to afford to farm and the land would be said Mr. Russell. In California the low farm tax rate prevails, even for commercially attractive and valuable land. He also pointed at the neces- sity of proper planning for land use in the Arctic regions of Can- ada and cited the delicacy of Water rationing ivorking Tlie watering ban and subse- quent water rationing put into effect last week has brought normalcy hack to the city treatment plant and water dis- tribution system. During the critical time, last Wednesday, 1L miUion gallons of water were pumped from the riverbottom plant, most of it to refill the Mayor Magrath Drive reservoir. The previous night, the level in the reservoir drop- ped to six feet from the normal 17 feet because of excessive lawn watering in the city. Wednesday, water was pump- ed from the plant at the rate of gallons per minute. After the water ban, for the rest of the week, the rate was between and gallons per minute, a total of four to six million gallons per day. The high lift pump at tho ilant was pushed to the limit Wednesday, operating at 218 rounds pressure per square nch. With the decrease in lawn watering, the pump operated at a pressure of between 100 and 180 pounds per square inch. The water rationing order rrom the city manager's office does not apply to residents with newly planted lawns, shrubs and trees in their yards. the land by pointing out cater- pillar tractor tracks are as clearly visible today as they were on the day they were made 20 years ago- Water conservation and irri- gation were also topics of dis- cussion. "Much of the farm land in California is becoming unusable because of the amount of salt in tho water used for irriga- Mr. Russell told the luncheon group. "We are lucky in our area the major rivers, the St. Mary's, Belly and Waterton Rivers, all have their sources in national parks and are rela- tively free from industrial pol- lution. "The north fork of the Old- man Hiver was open to indus- trial use and has shown the harmful side effects of bad erosion and destruclion of wild- he said. to the consumer. An actual example of scaled bid buying showed that for the day of the sale, just one packer in Leth- bridge actually bought the total number of cattle avail- able. The other buyers were all too low in their bids. When this the pre- vious unsuccessful bidders, to ensure that some cattle are constantly entering the pack- ing house that they repre- sent, tend to up their bids, If the packer really needs cat- tle to fill the orders, the buy- ers will have to add that much more to the bid to en- sure success. The real force within the cattle industry, supply and demand, enters tlu's part of the buying cycle. The less the supply, the more com- petition for the animals and therefore, the higher the price. Tiie opposite forces also apply at times: the greater the supply, the lower the price. On the open-market basis, the packing house buyers nt- tenrj the cattle sales and openly compete with all other buyers- In this system, the buyers are able to appraise the needs of the packer against the value the company will get out of the purchase. In southern Alberta, by far the greatest number of cat- tle go direct to the packing houses. The larger feediots feel they don't have lo auc- tion the cattle to set the mar- ket. Rather, the market is set by the number of cattle on hand again, the supply and demand cycle. Also, the feedlot operators save a one-quarter cent per pound commission which must he paid to the livestock yard management. The actual art of buying cattle is further complicated by outside factors such as world markets, pressur e s from eastern Canada and labor situations within each packing plant. The secret, taken on the total picture, is lo buy cat- tle, process them, watch the market situation and sell the product to either the consum- er or the retailer, all within the bounds of what prices the market will stand. MORE WEDNESDAY....... Development priorities set by city council By RICHARD BURKE Herald Staff Writer A list of priorities for future capital developments in the city was set by city council Mon- day, but Mayor Andy Anderson said today the list "doesn't mean much." The list "pretty well sticks to the five-year capital the mayor said. That budget in- cludes a expenditure for a central fire hall to be constructed beginning late this year. The capital budget also lists for an arena in 1973. Tax man receiveth fast bounty Tax collections to date arc ahead of last year, with S2 mil- lion received by the local as- sessment department. The figure represents 25 per cent of the total es- timated levy for the city. After the first week in June last year, property owners had paid million for taxes about 20 per cent of the 1971 levy. Homeowners have until the end of June to submit their taxes without a penalty. Between July 1 and July 31, tax payments will be one per cent more and will increase to four per cent by the end of Oc- tober, six per cent at the end of November and the maximum penalty of eight per cent of the assessment at the end of the year. University conference Wednesday The University of Lethbridge will host a three-day Pacific Northwest Conference on high- er education beginning Wednes- day. Top post-secondary educa- tors from throughout Western Canada and the United States will be in attendance. The conference theme "sur- vival and challenge" will see educators examine relevant is- sues confronting all higher ed- ucation institutions and the re- sponses required to keep them "responsible and vital in the seventies." MAX FACTOR introduces "PURE MAGIC 'SUPER SIRENS' 4 New Super Sun shade] of SUPER GLOSS STICK CHEERY CHEERY A ripe flowing red. SWEET CINNAMON A peachy-warm brown. SKY SCARLET A lignlly frosted red. JUICY PLUM A fresh pinky plum. 2 New Super Siren shades of SUPER EYE GLOSS MERMAID BLUE A colorful btu. brightened with come- hither clarity HEATHER GREEK A fresh yet wicked green, siren prone. Available now al McCREADY-BAINES PHARMACY LTD. CHARGEX 614 3rd Ave. S. _____ Phons 327-3555 Also operating WATtRTON PHARMACY LTD. In Waterlon National Park Alderman Chick Chichcster said, "Any consensus arrived at has to be flexible lo allow the priority list to be revised. All projects are dependent on where the funds come Two sources other than the city coffers have been mention- ed in connection with a new arena: the provincial govern- ment, through an education grant, and the'federal govern- ment if the 1975 Winter Games come to the city. Included in the capital budget is for construction of a new library. Council will meet with the library board tonight to see the library plans for the first time and to discuss a pos- sible increase of In the cost of the facility. Monday's meeting was closed to the press and lo the city ad- ministration. Mayor Anderson said Ihe pro- cedure for regular council meetings was discussed thor- oughly. The subject received attention to "try and stop the hassles at regular council meet- Aid. Chichester said. The hassles have resulted from enforcement of the pro- cedure bylaw for council meet- ings, which allows' tho alder- man who signs a resolution to speak trace to the motion and each other alderman. In order, to speak once. The mayor has been concern- ed with the amount of time spent dealing with the council agendas. Some of the aider- men, on the other hand, feel the procedural bylaw restricts debate. City's summer program registrations on this tveek This Is registration week for the Community Summer Pro- gram. Registration rail he tak- en weekdays in Gym 1 of the Civic Centre, 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., for all special pro- grams and swimming lessons. 1972 Is titled a Summer of Fun, with activities presented by the City of Lelhbridge, the Lethbridge Community College and the YWCA. Program centres at Nor- bridge, Civic Centre and Hen- derson Lake Park will act as sites for programs of special interest to special age groups. Running at hours best suited to the activity, these centres will offer everything from or- ganized sprots to wiener roasts and tours. Weekly schedules of events will be announced. Fun Clubs at Rideau Court, Staffordville, Kinsmen, Kiwan- is, Lakeview, Lions and Gyro playgrounds will be in opera- tion and supervised for six to eight year olds on alternate weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon. All playground progra m s commence Monday. No regi- stration is required. In place of day camps, the college in conjunction with the Community Summer Program will offer recreational pro- grams in horseback riding, canoeing, camping and hiking, LEROY'S PLUMBING GASFITTJNG SERVICE WORK NEW INSTALLATIONS PHONE 323-8403 indoor and outdoor games and music. events will take place at tlie college. Bus service will ba available at regular bus rates. All college activities commence June 26, with registration nec- essary. For further Information re- garding the Community Sum- mer Program and summer ac- tivities, contact Coreen Tsuji- ura at STRONG GROUP The Canadian Labor Con- gress has members. Campers' Specials! 3 IB. POLYESTER FILLED SLEEPING BAGS SPECIAL I 4.85 IMPERIAL' AIR MATTRESS SPECIAL 8.35 5 PIECE CAMPING MESS KIT SPECIAL 1 .97 Call Sporting 327-5767 DOWNTOWN You'll Never Know How Enjoyable a BIRTHDAY or ANNIVERSARY Can Be UNTIL YOU TRY US! Complimentary Cftke "Lethbridge's Favorite Place to Meet" 9t THE OLD TRAnmoN or WESTCRH MosprrAtrrr 1715 Mayor Magrath Drive South Phone 328-7756 ;