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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, March 5, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Fur auction shows healthy increase OTTAWA The fur business is booming. Prices fetched at Canada's fur auctions in December and January were higher than the previous year's record prices. Canada's 600 mink ranchers received about three dollars more per pelt this season than last. "The net average price for'their 1973 pelts is about up from the net average return for 1972 of says Andrew Stewart, chief of Agriculture Canada's fur section which works closely with domestic mink and fox ranchers in the production and marketing of their pelts. "This is an encouraging increase, although part of the increase is offset by the higher operating costs experienced by producers in 1973. "On a cross-country basis, production costs are up by as much as two dollars per pelt, largely due to increased labor costs and higher mink feed he says. Mink ranchers account for about 45 per cent of the total furs sold annually in Canada. Canada's wild furs were as popular as ever with the approximately 250 buyers attending the auctions. The buyers came from Britain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Holland. Japan, Australia and the United States as well as from across Canada. "Trappers are getting prices they have never seen before in their says Mr. Stewart. "Current prices for Canadian wild furs represent a record return for trappers." At one of the auctions which are held in Montreal, North Bay, Winnipeg, Regina. and Vancouver, a polar bearskin sold for years ago, it might have brought in about Mr. Stewart says. This particular skin, which would sell for about when finished as a rug or wall hanging, was unusual, however. The average polar bearskin in 1972 sold for Beaver pelts continue to form the backbone of Canada's wild fur industry. In recent years they accounted for about 35 per cent of the .total value of our wild fur production, OFFICE SUPPLIES OFFICE MACHINES OFFICE FURNITURE PRINTING dninook 319-7th St South 327-4591 amounting to around At this season's auctions, about skins were sold at prices generally unchanged from last year. Fine quality beaver pelts from northern Canada brought up to Long-haired furs such as fox. lynx and raccoon were in exceptionally strong demand as were fisher, otter" muskrat and squirrel. Canada is also continuing to do well with its manufactured furs, that is, made-up fur pieces such as stoles or coats. "Canadian exports of manufactured furs were headed towards a record high for Mr. Stewart says. Farmers study terminal WEYBURN, Sask. (CP) A group of farmers calling themselves the Weyburn Inland Terminal, has launched a feasibility study to determine toe best design for an inland terminal. Art Mainil, one of the organizers, said in a news release Monday the concept of farmers building their own inland terminal has proven to be a good one in the United States. Improvements in the Canadian grain- handling industry must be initiated by fanners, he added. "Farmers built the old elevator system and in its day it was the best in the Mr. Mainil said. "In the period January to September, 1973, the value of manufactured furs exported was "This is up from the previous year's exports of worth of manufactured he says. Switzerland was Canada's biggest customer in 1973 and bought worth of furs. West Germany bought and the United States bought worth of furs. Japan is becoming an important market for our manufactured furs. Our exports to that country have been steadily increasing from 1970 and reached a va'ue of in the first nine months of 1973. Canada's fur manufacturing industry will continue to grow, Mr. Stewart says. "Because of certain factors, mainly import tariffs, our industry needs to be highly efficient in design and manufacture to compete successfully with fur manufacturers in the importing countries. "Not all Canadian manufacturers have been able to compete successfully in the export market, but there is a growing export group which is extending the horizons of this once largely domestic industry." Simmental Breeders Cardston Ltd. P.O. Box 537 Area Code 403 Phone 653-4421 Cardston, Alberta TDK OKO SEMEN FROM ALL SBL SIRES Available in Canada through Western Breeders Services Balzac, Alberta; White City, Saskatchewan. Place your order early Semen from some sires will be in short supply. LOCKWOOD CENTRE PIVOT COVERS A QUARTER SECTION APRIL DELIVERY GALVANIZED PIPE-5 YEAR WARRANTY MOTORS AND GEAR BOXES Drop in and see the latest in field equipment _ McCLEARY FARM IMPLEMENTS SUPPLY 2636 2nd N. Phone 328-5374 BE SURE TO ATTEND UNITED MOBILE HOMES LTD. UNITED MOTORS CO. LTD 10th ANNUAL GREATEST SHOW ON WHEELS ENTER FREE PRIZES SHOW STARTS MARCH 14th LETHBRIDGE EXHIBITION PAVILION ;