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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 28, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 TUB LCI MBHIUUE may Maritime hog breeder strives to show WHEN AT EXPO 74 at tht DEN CANADIAN EXHIBIT across street from the opera house BELMORE'S MUSEUM ALBERTA Grows feed Jock Peill holds up one of his pigs at his farm near N.S. Mr. Peill grows his own feed for his livestock to prove Maritime farmers don't need to rely on Western feed grain. Mr. Peill says if of the acres of unproductive farmland in the province was developed for feed it would be enough to supply cur- rent needs. CANNING. N.S 'There's something surreal- istic about Jock Peill's at night. Gleaming augers crowning bins of home- grown feed grain rise Iuturistically in the Annapolis Valley around the bins warm barns throb with the grunts of hundreds of pigs growing to slaughter size. Jocks Peill moves through the pulsating rows of pigs in a long white technician's explaining carefully-kept growth charts and the efficiencies of up-to-the- minute hog farming his farm pregnant with next winter's food for 4.000 pigs. Permeating all. Jock Peill a 42-year-old German immigrant with an old-world sense of land and a deeply-rooted respect lor farming and the cycle ol life. He is articulate and determinedly bucking trends in an effort to prove that Maritime livestock larmers can thrive without reliance on Western feed grain. He is aghast at the practices ol more traditional farmers who he says have become subsidy addicts. We Have a New Name Commencing June our firm name B R SERVICE LTD. will be known as I r I PONTIAC BUICK LTD. Our courteous staff invite our many friends and customers to drop in and see us for any of their motoring or just drop in to say hello. STAN GARY Main St. Cardston Phone 653-3672 or 653-3241 I'larincfl In a world every ounce of food Mr. Peill appears to be on the right course. His fields are carefully moulded by big machines and underlayed with plastic so they will dram quickly in the spring. Each acre is fertilized and nursed to glean as much as possible without hurting the land lor future no small task on farmland that can vary from the lightest sand to the heaviest clay in the space of yards. The sows live on concrete but it is specially heated so each animal is more comfortable than she would be on a bed of straw. Each fattening pig is fed scientificially- determmed rations to promote the most efficient growth. Yet for all the bustling the Peill farm remains a human place. Employees live with their families in spacious houses on better-than- average incomes for farm Families and benefit from the fruits of the farm. Family Mr. Peill says his herdsman receives roughly a year in income and in a pip tor his and a garden ol his own A 23-vear-old student who came to pick tobacco two years ago has become pnrt of the family. It-achine the vounepr of six Peill children in addition to tarm duties. Occasionally he joins the Peills after dinner in the comfortable elegance of their living sharing with any other guests who happen by in the spirited talk of the day The Peill farm appears to be a model for the future. Yet Mr. Peill is faced with social and economic obstacles that threaten his By DOUG SMALL Canadian Press Writer type of operation and. viable Maritime agriculture in years to come. Livestock is the mainstay of the farm industry in this producing million of Nova Scotia's million tarm cash receipts in 1972. traditionally regarded as the king crop of the now are just another product which contributes to the annual 2 million fruit harvest. Most livestock and poultry farmers depend for the bulk of their feed supplies on Western Canada Under a 32-year- old assistance that feed is shipped in at a subsidized rate to offset the cost of transportation and handling. The idea behind the program was to help Nova Scotians and other Maritime farmers develop and expand their dairy and poultry output The effect of the was to make Maritime farmers less interested in growing their own feed crops only about of a potential 900.000 acres are being used to grow grain and Mr. Peill says that simply developinglOO.OOO or of the idle acres would be enough to our present needs and still leave substantial land areas available for the But to achieve this would require a major change in thinking by both farmers andrgovernments. have to break 200 years of The for its appears less than sympathetic. F. E. director ot marketing and administration in the Nova Scotia agriculture puts it this attempts were made a few years ago to foster the large expanding type of tarm run by Jock Peill. now more consideration is being given to smaller He argues that Nova with all its brooks and is not adaptable to large operations and that dependence on western feed gram is really big fellows out west like to market he replies when asked what would happen if westerners decided to feed their grain to animals on the Prairies. But he admits that Western grain growers could us out of if they decided to use their feed crops for their own animals Mr Scammell says the general government approach is based on the assumption that a small farm can still be that the province is better suited to diversified operations. are not writing off the Jock Mr. Scammell says. Nova Scotia cannot continue in agriculture with only that kind of operation. There's the social What do you do with the people if a rural community Mr. Peill maintains there is plenty of room For Continued P. 15 The Joj s Of Music Form InManl Communiciilion The Yamaha Organ li't l-un' MUSICLAND College Mall Phone 328-3694 O YAMAHA STILL SELLING FOR STERN'S CUT-RATE FURNITURE 314 3rd Streets. Phone 327-3024 ;