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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 26, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 THE U-THBRIDGE HEfcAlO Tuwday, 26, 1973- We can't moke a silk Purse But We do make the best exhaust systems around MINUTE MUFFLER INSTAUATIONS 308 4th St. S. fttanm 327.MM daily 8 a.m. P-m. This is the elegant outdoor cooker. There's plenty of room. Shut the grill and broil a large roast, ham or turkey. The is also right at home barbecuing steaks, chops and burgers. We added a redwood shelf to keep the Chef organ.zed placed the handles away from hot surfaces burner control knobs are easily removed when not in use. 219 JUST Complete with cylinder and propane Superior Propane is clean. No dirt. No smell. No smoke. No struggling flame! Superior Propane maintains a constant, even, controlled heat-faster and longer. f SUPERIOR PROPANE _ _ DUnna 39ft-33 Ric SWIHART CP Rail says. "An all-time record for grain movement to Vancouver was set by CP Rail in May." The company goes on to re- port that a total of car- loads of export grain were un- loaded at Vancouver terminals during the month. This aided the total of carloads moved to the west coast since the beginning of the current crop year Aug. 1, 1972. I take this as nothing more than a boast of good business, a business which is paid for by farmers. After al, freight is freight. The Canadian wheat board is responsible for the movement of all grain in the country the rail lines are simply the tool used in the movement. When the CWB says grain can be moved out of this area or area, the rail companies must send a car out and pick it up when filled. Then comes the orderly movement of rail cars to the west coast. Of course if the export sales aren't there, the rail companies can't publish glowing figures of high numbers of cars moved to export position. Just think how many cars could have been moved had CP Rail not had to make trips to Whiskey Gap, Jefferson, Card- ston, Foremost and countless other small towns faced with rail line abandonment in 1975. What would the total have been had they just had to move supertrains out of a few major grain collection centres without the worry of gathering a few cars here and there? This irrational thinking shouldn't pervade ones mind but with the possible abandon- ment of hundreds of miles of rail line in Southern Alberta it appears that the rail company will be able to increase its ef- ficiency. And that means its pocket book also. Who is left holding the bag? Mr. Farmer. Longer hauls and added costs should be penalty enough but it won't be. Declining statistic Canada slaughtered about 3.1 million hogs in the January through April period, 5.7 per cent less than in the same per- iod in 1972. This type of declining statis- tic adds some validity to Al- berta hog producers who want to establish a hog slaughter plant in the province. With such a plant, the produc- ers would be able to slaughter hogs produced by owners of the plant. This would be tied in closely with a marketing thrust which would create some mar- ket for the product and theore- tically stop any chance of a slump in the market. If such a slump were to occur, the producers hooked into the plant could adjust production to keep a surplus of production from disturbing the market price. Sound idealistic? Wen the present marketers of 'hogs had better watch out. The talk is growing in Southern Alberta particularly and it could be- come a reality sooner than most expect. Exciting news The next exciting piece of news in agriculture could be the question of tariffs at grain elevators. Both the Alberta Grain Com- mission and the Palliser Wheat Growers Association have call- ed for public hearings through- out the west to enable farmers to participate in discussions of f fas charged against their grain by elevator companies. The commission believes stor- age charges paid by farmers may be too high and that some emphasis should be placed on the handling and marketing of grain. Walter Nelson, president of Palliser, says the association is "not necessarily objecting to the total cost of handling grain but the charges should be based on the service rendered." The request to the Canadian Grain Commission could result in producer opportunity to air their feelings 307 5th Avenue N., Lethbridge Phone 328-336 Seeding wrap-up Southern Alberta's mini farmers, commonly called gar- deners, have about wrapped up the seeding process for the year. Some of the more avid types have everything above the ground now and are anxiously waiting for the first bite of fresh vegetable. But the real benefit of the home garden this year may be economically oriented. Canine treat Then there was the time Jock, that canine companion of this reporter for almost 16 years, discovered creaai. Several persons at the tame couldn't finish their dishes and The lucky gardeners can quietly protest the increasing cost of lettuce, radishes and cucumbers. There wont be any turmoil and picket lines and movements similar to the beef boycott. It wfll be a chance for the average Joe to do his thing and at the same time gain some recreation. What a reve- lation. poor old Jock ate them up so rapidly he literally froze his eye. Shortly after, he passed mnrA in favor of a and promptly burned bis tongue. ;