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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 27, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 10 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, June 27, 1972 Abattoirs fill niche in Canada's meat industry Oxfoitl Dictionary defines abattoir simply as a slaughter- house, but the three major units in southern Alberta under this heading are complex cus- tom meat processors in every way. T a b e r Frozen Foods Ltd. and Tsbcr Packers is tha oldest of the three companies. Fort Maclcod Meat Processors Ltd. has won more major abat- toir awards than most during the past four years. Vauxhall Meat and Locker Service Is the newest, celebrating its grand opening Saturday. The abattoir is really a cus- tom operation featuring spec- ialty service to the customer demand. Aire den Boon, owner of Fort Macleod Meat Processors, said the abattoir's lifetime is the business the packing house can't or doesn't want to handle. The packing houses operate on a large scale, fully mech- anized, liigh volume basis. To stop the process to satisfy one customer is impractical. On the other end of the proc- ess, the local hutcher shop owner doesn't have the space, facilities or time to operate a full retail business as well as the custom killing, dressing, wrapping and freezing done by the abattoir. Mr. den Boon said there Is a great need in southern Alberta for the abattoir industry. Be- fore, many people, especially the rural and farm community, slaughtered their own animals for a meat supply. "Today the younger genera- tions don't know the slaughter business and the older people don't want to do said Mr. den Boon. "This is the role the abattoir plays in the meat industry." Heinz Fikus, owner of Vaux- hall Meat and Locker Service, said his plant is geared to serve the farm communities In lus area. One service he provides is 24-hour killing for animals in- jured on the highway that must be processed immediate- ly to save some of the carcass. Arnold Odland, owner of the Taber operation, suggests that for a meat processing plant to serve a community properly there must be a good abattoir used in conjunction with it. But whatever the actual def- inition of an abattoir, all three men agree that it is the per- sonalized custom service which makes the industry unique and successful. Mr. Odland said the abattoir makes it possible for the home- owner to purchase large quan- tities of moat at wholesale prices for use in home freez- ers- Both Mr. den Boon and Mr. Fikus said the sausage and smoked meat end of their op- erations is very popular. Mr. den Boon cured more than pounds of meat in his smoke house last year for JUNE CLEARANCE OF RECREATIONAL VEHICLES FIBRE GLASS 13' TRILLIAM HOLIDAY TRAILER Sleeps 4, deluxe equipped. JUNE CLEARANCE....... S1835 SOUTH PARK HOLIDAY TRAIlERS-16 ond 23 ft. CAMPER TOPS AND FULL SIZE CAMPERS B ft. 8Vi ft. nnrf 11 ft. models. 5th WHEEL RANDELL 21 ft, tingle and 24 ft. on tandem axles FLAGLINER-FLATDECK (all purpose) Goose Neck and A Frame and Machinery Tra'lers by Alco Industries PREMIUM USED TRUCKS 1970 CHEV C-50 SERIES 350 V8 with 5-speed trans., 7000 tb. frl. axle, 2-speed rear axle, new 14 fl. sleel box and Renn hoist. 1969 GMC 50 CAB AND CHASSIS 350, V8, 4-speed Irons., 2-speed rear axfe, 196S CHEV 60 SERIES 292 6-cyl. motor, 7000 Ib. front axle, rear, 4-speed trans., new 16 ft. box and hoist. 1968 CKEV TON CAMPER SPECIAL 327 mofor, auto. Irons., radio, flee (side box. Equ'ppe with ft. camper. Will sell complete or I ruck only. 1967 CHEV Vi TON Fleelside box, molor, auto, irons. 25 USED CARS TO CHOOSE FROM Gou'd LTD. CHEVROLET OLDSMOBILE PHONE 485-2211 VULCAN the first fjmo. is the product which is responsible for the size of my operation today. "We have always had a year- ly increase in production and we are looking for an increase again in He said expansion is the key to the success of the abattoir industry. "Some plants should be set up in key locations to serve the population, and then expand to keep up with the needs of the growing popula-" lion." Roy Loney of Bow Island is also a believer in this philoso- phy. He and some partners are considering an abattoir for Bow Island which would be a slaughter to customer, wrapped and frozen mea t op- eration. MOTOR MOWER WELCOMES EVERYONE TO LOOK OVER THEIR FULL UNE OF SNAPPER, JACOBSEN, SUNBEAM and LAWNBOY LAWNMOWERS WE ALSO REPAIR and SHARPEN ALL MAKES OF REEL AND BLADE TYPE LAWNMOWERS 817 3rd Ave S. Phone 327-2669 MOTOR MOWER You're with DRUM BRAKE OVERHAUL Wo install 4 new front brake p3tfs, repack ouler fr6nI bearings, and inspect calipers, colors, and brakes. Flolors macliined, calipers rebuilt ai exlra People do it right! You know whai wa th'nh about wfierv we'ra losing after your brakes? Wa the and being farced 10 moVe a panic stop. Wo tMinV. about a Wa ihlnV aboui how viial Now at theso FiraKona Stores. That's ute only ihe test braVe nnd cihe r Thai's why Inipect if ihcroare matepolnriin'lhebraVe fluid Cor. 3rd Ave. and 3th St. S. Phone 327-8548 GIANT BEACH TOWEL SB66 I ;