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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 15, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta ------------------------------Wedn.inJ.iy, March 15, W2-THE UTHBRIDGE HERALD-1J Trijile original cost per pound U.S. consumer price for beef up By DON KENDALL WASHINGTON (AP) The farm-to-clinner-plale (rail drive for today's sleer is an increas- ingly expensive trip in which less than half of the animal winds up on consumer tables at triple its original cost a pound. Cattlemen are Betting more money for beef and so are mid- dlemen who slaughter, trans- port, slice, wrap and ring up steaks, roasts and hamburger on supermarket cash registers. The result is higher beef prices for United States con- sumers, a record average of S1.1H4 a pound on a composite, all-cut basis in January, says the agriculture department. On the hoof, beef cattle hit an all- time high of a hundred- weight in February. Meat accounts for nearly one-third of the average fam- ily's food dollar, and beef is by far the favorite. Who gets tile consumer beef dollar? Allen Baker, a marketing spe- cialist for the department's eco- nomic research service, prov- ided a breakdown of beef costs using figures for the fourth quarter of 971, which included part but not all of the recent uptrend in cattle and beef prices. FARMER GETS S327.73 A choice-grade live steer is sold by a farmer to fcedlot operator for or about. 33 cents a pound, not in- cluding transportation or any marketing charges involved. The packing company, which bought the animal, slaughters the steer and converts it info so called carcass weight. By this time the steer has been di- vested of hide, internal organs and other byproducts which are not classified as red meat. At this point, the packing company has a beef carcass weighing only 020 pounds. The carcass is sold on the wholesale market for or about 55 cents a pound for the remaining weight. meantime, the meat packer has sold the byproducts, includ- ing the hide, longue, tripe and liver, weighing a total of 193 pounds, for That amount is deducted by economists from the paid the farmer to arrive at an adjusted "farm value" for the red meat of The carcas sold by the wholesaler for to a su- A Special Price to introduce the 1972 patterns of our own good quality FIESTA Wallcoverings PRE- PASTED VINYL- COATED Don't miss this super ]ow introductory price on fine quality vinyl-coated, saubb- able wallcoverings in beauilful new pat- terns for every room in your home; In stock now so there's no delivery wait. DOUBLE ROLL Compare our regular low prices On Wallcoverings from famous books by Sunworthy Waldec! 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Woolco Prices 11.97 gal., 3.69 qt. 797 m GALLON QUART 2-t GALLON QUART 2.45 Opun Daily 9 a.m. lo 9 p.m. Thursday and rFidoy 9 o.m. to 9 p.m. College Shopping Mall 2025 Mayor Magrath Drive permarket chain, a large liolel or perhaps a small independent grocery store now must he transported, cut up, packaged and, in (lie case of hamburger, ground up for consumers. TRIMS THE CARCASS During this process, the re- tailer trims the 620-pound car- cass of excess bone, fat and other waste material. That leaves 463 pounds of beef cuts from the original carcass. But, on the' average, there Is a five-per-cent reduction in the retail cuts from spoilage and theft. That leaves 438 pounds of beef available for relail sale to consumers. The U.S. prices of the cut vary widely, from about 09 cents a pound for hamburger nationally last December to more than a pound for the more-prized steaks. AH told, the original pound steer'was reduced to 439 pounds of meat, selling for total, or about a pound that month. That's more than three times the original on-the-hoof cost a pound of the live steer. According lo the breakdown, and allowing for the re- ceived by the meat packer for by-products, there was a mark- up of from the time the steer left the fecdlot until it ended up in shopping carls a red meat. Ailing pilots in air WASHINGTON (AP) The Federal Aviation Administra- tion's chief physician says some United States commercial air- line pilots have been certified to fly despite chronic illnesse known to the doctors who exam- ined them. Dr. Teter V. Siegal, flic FAA air surgeon, said such ailment as heart disease, mental illness and alcoholism have been with- held from pilots' records. Siegal's report to reporters Monday prompted the president of the Air Line Pilots Associa- tion, John ,T. O'Donell, to call for Siegal's resignation for fail- ure to manage the private physicians designated by the air surgeon as medical examiners. Siegal said some of the exam- iners are known to be too leni- ent or superficial in conducting required examinations of pilots and may withhold essential in- formation in order to save a pilot's Job. The FAA has proposed drop- ping the medical examiner sy Jem and giving the responsibil- ity to the airlines' own medical staffs. O'Donnell said Siegal "in so many _words admits that he failed in carrying out his duties" of managing the exam- iners and now 'seeks to pass the buck to the airlines." Smoking on rise in Canada SYDNEY, Australia (Renter) Two North American cancer officials told an international cancer conference today that smoking is on the rise among young people in Canada and the United Stales. But tobacco consumption among professional and execu- tive groups is falling, said Ihc secretary-general of Ihe Inter- national Union Against Cancer, Dr. R. M, Taylor of Canada "We have to start influencing (lie seven- and eight-year-olds if we are going to make a signifi- cant impact on the he said. Teenage smoking in the U.S. has also shown a disturbing in- crease, said William Lewis of the American Cancer Society. An Australian expert said a lack of cigarette promotion con- trols had caused smoking (o in- crease 50 per cent in Australia in the 15 years to 1971) whereas controls in Britain and the U.S. causal an cight-por-cent drop in that time. Seek wall passes BERLIN (AP) West Ber- lincrs by the thousands began appljing this week for wall passes to visit relatives and friends in East Berlin and East Germany at Easter time. The pass period is March 23 lo April 5. 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