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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 25, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Tumday, June 25, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Ric Swihart Pocketbook payment best dairy incentive The cry "goes up again about farmer problems in the continual fight with mother nature, land and world wide markets that can provide a land of bounty one minute and a harsh mortgage closer the next. And too many urban residents proclaim the farm cry as just another bellyache They pooh pooh the cry as just another outburst by farmers to give the government another ride to the bank for money or to draw public support for another government program to help them. Well you all mighty urbanites, what would you do if you had to rely on weather conditions, development of bugs grasshoppers and caterpillars, an adversity by 99 per cent of the public to work on a farm, uncertain markets to sell harvested products to and government control, granted much of it designed to help but some of it hindering. The urban population has had a unique little development called the labor union for too long to appreciate the truest of free enterprises the man on the land fighting for survival against all odds just because he wants to You see, the farmer can't build a bunch of picket signs and parade around in front of government houses throughout the world demanding higher pay for their products They can't say to the government give us more money or we'll tell our wheat plants to stop growing. They can't make old Bessie withhold her daily supply of milk, even to allow them to take a holiday. And this brings this reporter back to another farm column that appeared in this publication about one month ago It was dealing with milk prices and supplies It stated that if the price of milk was allowed to be established by supply and demand, government controls wouldn't be needed Farmers would produce to their heart's content and there would be sufficient milk in production to enable the price to drop below the present government controlled level Of course this reporter was considering also that the union processors would take a responsible stand and not demand more than they were worth simply because there was more money in the dairy industry through the increased milk production. It was interesting to read, the remarks of S J. Solberg of Lethbridge concerning the milk price column. He feels dairy farmers should be forced to continue to operate in a government control situation. Well I don't. Mr. Solberg says milk is a continual necessity and when subsidies are used, the public is in reality paying a higher price but in a different way He says it is spread over a greater number of persons and over many taxes, direct and indirect. But I say who doesn't hasn't or won't drink milk It is the widest used drink in Canada and therefore already is affecting all pocketbooks in the country My contention still is that that pocketbook should pay for what it is getting directly, bypassing all the expensive programs through various government offices and giving the dairy farmer a real cash flow through increased production the best incentive in any free enterprise Feb. 1, 1977 has been announced as the official day agriculture in Canada shifts to the metric system. The old bushels per acre will be- a thing of the past, in theory at least. The decision wasn't made in a dark back room. It was made by senior operating executives of grain companies, railways, Canadian wheat board and the Canadian Grain Commission. The reason I say in theory is the average age of farmers. And the old saying "You can't teach an old dog new tricks In the majority of cases, farmers will continue to uses bushels and acres. LETHBRIDGE ARTIFICIAL BREEDERS Phone Daily 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. 327-8822 "Animal Stockyards Lethbridge, Alberta SIMMENTAL MAINE-ANJOU MAINE-ANJOU 22608 EPINAL (importedfrom France) EPINAL 1MAA25 CMAASO. Calved Feb 21, 1971 wt. Ibs. at 30 months of age. Bred by Henry Hivert, Solurdres, France. This promising bull is from a leading herd in France. His dam was Champion Female of the Breed as a young cow. He is liked by all who see him. Semen available from all Breeds and all Major Bull Studs! MF BARRCO EQUIPMENT LTD. MF 405 33rd Street North, Lethbridge Phone 328-7131 or 328-3166 assey Ferguson MF 260 FORAGE HARVESTERS! NOW IN STOCK Buy Now! Avoid Disappointment Later! MF260 It's the rugged big capacity leader. This machine is "right at home" behind tractors up to 175 h.p. Superior design Fine cut capability Convenience features The MF 260 is designed and built tough, rugged and safe for high-speed, big-power chopping day after day. It's made to take all you can throw at it. Sound like your kind of machine? MF BARRCO EQUIPMENT LTD. MF ;