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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 21, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta -Thurufay, May 21, 1970 THE IETHIRIDGE HERALD Southern Alberta Beef Producers Get Good News By JOHN MIKA Herald's Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Virtually sole bullish note about future agricultural markets was sounded this week, appropri- ately enough, for the b e e f pro- ducers. The report of the federal task force on agriculture strongly urged the government and pro- ducers to exploit an inherently expanding opportunity to sell more beef at home and abroad. It based the recommenda- tions on the "remarkable growth of consumption in both Canada and the United States" and emphasized the crucial ob- servation that "beef is one of the few farm products for which higher incomes lead to higher per capital consump- tion." It pointed out that, unlike other agricultural products which rely mainly on popula- tion growth for more markets, beef is eaten not only by more people but people eat more beef as time goes on. The report traced a vastly in- creased market prospect with- in North America for the Ca- nadian industry and specifical- ly predicted: per capita con- sumption of beef will jump from 86.8 pounds in 1968 to 100 pounds, or even possibly 110 pounds, in 1980: of feeder cattle to the U.S. easily could be pushed up from the head shipped in 1968 to head by 1980, if the relative U.S.- Cahadian differential in price declined by about per hun- dredweight; ton beef defi- cit experienced by North Am- erica, western Europe and Ja- pan in 1961-63 is projected to reach throe million tons by 1980. "These studies project rising world prices for the re- port noted, adding "it is bet- ter to be associated with an expanding industry than one with stagnant markets and world over-production." The report said southern Al- berta and southern Ontario, due to natural advantages, are the two regions which will ben- efit most by expansion of the beef market Although feeder cattle pro- duction may increase consider- ably in the East where the dairy industry is concentrated, "the major potential for any large increase in feeder cattle production must be on the Prai- the report said. U.S., Canada May Clash Over Auto Trade Pact It added that it would be cheaper to gain this increase by "converting prairie gi'ahi- growing land into tame hay and grass and (by) replacing grain growing operations in some prairie areas by cow-calf oper- ations." The task force concluded that at leas; 10 million acres of prai- rie should be withdrawn from wheat production. It said four million acres of this, diverted to beef produc- tion would increase Canada's feeder cattle output by head annually when in full opr eration an average of about 15.5 acres to produce one feeder for sale. The demand for somewhat cheaper Canadian feeders prob- ably would outweigh U.S. pro- ducer demand for protection, especially since the proportion would be marginal to U.S. do- mestic production. FEEDLOT INDUSTRY "It is unlikely that our feed- lot industry will find profitable markets for slaughter cattle or dressed beef in the U.S. on a consistent the report said. "Over the next two or three years Canadian feedlot opera- tors will have to outbid U.S. buyers for feeder cattle and then compete on an export ba- sis with their slaughter cattle. "This would not appear to be a profitable situation." The task force said that al- though the prairies will pro- duce a majority of the cattle, the location of feedlots is likely to continue concentrating in south central Alberta (which already has 37.1 per cent of the Canadian production) and ex- pand in British Columbia (which now has 5.6 per cent of production Severe winters will handicap feedlot development hi Mani- toba and Saskatchewan. Southern Ontario will see considerable increase in feed- lot opportunities. It now enjoys a per hundredweight addi- tion over Calgary prices for choice steers. Its corn feeding advantage is offset somewhat by Alber- tans able to buy cheap non- quota grain but this advantage for the prairie producers "can- not be expected to persist in- the report said. "Thus, both southern Alberta and southern Ontario will ex- perience considerable growth in feedlot operations to meet the rapidly rising domestic da- the task force predict- ed. WASHINGTON (CP) United States, facing a mount- rag unfavorable trade balance, is paying more attention to the Canada-U.S. auto trade agree- ment which it cites as one of the major causes of the country's economic woes. Although contact between Ca- nadian and American officials has more frequent lately, discussions on the issue have not turned into a confrontation, a Canadian source said. "We all know what the Ameri- cans implementation of the 1965 he said, "but Americans have made no demands as yet." Full implementation would mean an end to the transistional of Canadian protective could result in a free-trade auto arrangement between the two countries. The Americans claim the five-year-old agreement govern- ing commerce in motor vehicles and auto parts has been work- ing lopsidedlv in Canada's favor and that inaugural features built into protect the Canadian industry now should be elimi- nated. CAN END AGREEMENT The Canadian government, which regards the agreement as an industrial bonanza, wants to avoid a confrontation that could wreck the agreement. Either side can abrogate it with a year's notice. Just how much of a bonanza the pact is for Canada is indi- cated in 12-month Canadian im- port-export figures ending Nov. 30, 1969. In that period Canada im- ported motor vehicles and parts valued at wliile auto export value was an unfavorable Canadian balance of only In 1964, before the agreement went into effect, the imbalance was LIST OBJECTIVES The objectives of the 1965 pact were: build a continental mar- ket with specialized, large-scale production of automotive parts in both Canada and the U.S. free U.S.-Canada vehicle trade from tariffs and other in- hibiting 'factors while aiming to let both countries share the total continental market on a fail1 and equitable basis. Health Studies Scholarships Established ED1TNTON (CP) The Al- berta cabinet has established an annual scholars h i p fund to promote environmental health studies in the province. Two scholarships will be awarded this year to post- graduate students studying en- vironmental health. One will go to the University of Alberta and ;he other to the University of Calgary. develop conditions under which trade, production and in- vestment would be governed by market forces. The American complaint is about the transitional arrange- ments which were designed to prevent the Canadian side of the industry from being swamped as trade barriers were partly removed. GROWTH PHENOMENAL The result has been an expan- sion and modernization of Cana- dian factories and a growth in production of motor vehicles in Canada of 85 per cent. Sales went up by about 25 per cent. With an eye on their diminish- ing share Of the North Ameri- can auto market, U.S. officials have been meeting periodically with Canadians in mutual at- tempts to find a compromise so- lution to the problem. Philip H. Trezise, assistant state secretary for economic af- fairs and one of the original ar- chitects of the agreement, mel recently with Canadian officials in Ottawa. There lias teen no indication as yet that a full-scale minis- terial confrontation will result, but events, say Canadian In Any Case This Fellow Draws Fine HAVANT, England (CP) Graham Johnston, 17, was brought into court Tuesday for wearing the let- ters ACAB on his denim jacket. Johnston said ha had cop- ied it off the clothes of a Hell's Angel from London, who told him it meant "All Canadians are bums." But a policeman testified the letters are a common sartorial abbreviation for "All coppers are bastards." Johnston was fined (S13) for displaying insult- ing letters likely to cause a breach of the peace. sources here, seem headed in that direction. It is not likely, they say, that the U.S., faced with huge trade imbalances in textiles and other items and a protectionist trend in Congress, will compromise in talks on their diminishing favor- able auto trade balance with Canada. Policewoman Refuses Sex Decoy Role DETROIT (AP) An attrac- tive, 'miniskirted Detroit police- woman, suspended because she refused to play the role of a sex decoy, said Wednesday she con- sidered the assignment "immo- ral ar.d degrading." Gale Al- dridge, 26, a four-year veteran ot the Detroit police depart- ment, was suspended Saturday pending a police trial board hearing on a charge of failing to carry out orders. Govt. Insurance Hard To Scrap WINNIPEG (CP) Sas- katchewan's deputy premier D. .G Steuart told a group of Winnipeg businessmen that once government automobile insurance becomes reality it is bard to get rid of. Speaking to a meeting of Sales and Marketing Execu- tives Inc. he said "if you get government auto insurance, it's liable to stay for a long time it's hard to change." He said that'like hospital and medical care insurance auto insurance tends to become part of the social fabric. Mr. Steu- art also suggested that Mani- toba businessmen should not devote all their time to fight- Lockouts To Continue Despite Plea VANCOUVER (CP) The Construction Labor Relations Association has rejected the call of Labor Minister Leslie Peterson to end its lockout of British Columbia construction unions. CLRA president C. J. Con- naghan said: "We locked out the unions because they re- fused to bargain meaningfully and we believe we were ab- solutely justified in taking this action. "This hasn't changed." Mr. Peterson noted Tuesday talks were continuing and said: "I would hope that the employers will see if they can find out on what basis UK em- ployees would go back to work in the meantime." The CLRA's 600 member con- tractors have locked out, or been struck by, 10 of the 22 building trades unions in the province, in a wage dispute, Lockouts started April 14, ing public car insurance but should concern themselves with stopping other areas of free enterprise from falling vic- tim to government takeovers. The deputy premier warned that- anti-government cam- paigns launched by private companies and business groups tended to backfire in Saskatch- ewan. He said, that most people in his province are satisfied with Saskatchewan's g o v ernment- operated auto insurance plan, first introduced by the CCF, forerunner of the NDP, in 194G by the then Premier T. C. Douglas. Similar legislation now is before the Manitoba leg- islature. Mr. Steuart raid that when auto insurance was introduced, and later in 1952 when the gov- ernment went into other areas such as fire and theft ance, ant i-government cam- paigns were launched by busi- ness groups. "Tommy (Douglas) went around holding up big ads from the insurance companies. When the smoke cleared, we had five members, they (CCF) had 51." Satellite Stops Sending Signals BOCHUM (AP) The Bo- chum Institute of West Ger- many reported today that China's first space satellite has stopped sending signals. Director Heinz Kaminski said failure to pick up any signals from the satellite since Satur- day indicated its transmission power had either broken down or been used up. Kaminski said the institute re- ceived signals regularly from the satellite after its launching April 24, but the solar batteries used to transmit may hwi i of only about wwki. What'sW good for nowadays? A Special Volume Purchase Of 25 CORTINAS GIVES YOU .50 .00 75 DOWN 75 per MONTH 2 DOORS 4 DOORS STATION WAGONS GTs CORTINA By 6th AVENUE 6fh STREET, STREET ft 3rd AVENUE, LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA "Whatever It Takes" ;