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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 15, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta int kEiriBniisuE Hog price supply shortage forecast by grower By RIG SWIHART Herald Suff Writer. A predicted shortage of ibout market hogs in 1974 will drive consumer etail prices for pork sky high f the present trend of ilaughtering pregnant sows sn't warns one of Vlberta's premier swine Knute Berg of Camrose told Phe Herald in an interview Vednesday at the 3rd annual iocky Mountain Livestock show and sale that hundreds of female hogs and bred sows are going to market throughout the He pointed to many in- stances in Edmonton and Calgary where producers were trying to sell sows in such a hurry young pigs were being born right in the auction sales ring. He said the drastic increase in the price of feed for hogs and the relatively depressed prices for slaughter hogs has Maintenance men have tough tasks at livestock show Accommodating 400 head of cattle and 110 head of swine is a formidable task. It was undertaken by Gerrit foreman of ground maintenance for the Lethbridge Exhibition and 10 men Saturday evening at 11 p.m. They finished at a.m. Sunday morning. They were getting the Lethbridge Exhibition and Whoop-Up Pavilions ready for the Rocky Mountain Livestock Show and Sale and the Southern Alberta Cattle Breeders Association Show and Sale in Lethbridge on now. Getting the pavilions ready and cleaning up after everything is over are the nost difficult tasks connected vith the two shows and Wr. Hakze says. Getting ready means steel pens for swine jnd erecting panels where the can be tied up. Then a straw bedding has to be layed the animals. Cleaning up entails taking everything down and cleaning jut the straw bedding and manure. The.farmers keep the navilions clean during the show so the maintenance crew Joesn't have to worry about his. During the show Mr. Hakze Supar 3 CAST IRON SKILLET SET the traditional choice of cooks In the 3 piece set meets every Trying need from lumberjack breakfasts to individual servings. Sizes and Suptr A R Sat W Call HouMwtrM 327-5717 DOWNTOWN and his crew do odd jobs and handle any emergencies that may arise. This year water from the parking lot started running into the pavilion and the park- ing lot had to be graded Mr. Hakze said. Then the water from the wash where the owners wash their started running into the animals' stalls. Some two-by-four boards treated with a compound to prevent the water from seep- ing were put around the water racks and the problem was solved. Another problem arose in the show ring. Dirt was used on the show floor but when the animals walked on it too much dust was created. Dirt is used in bigger fairs in the East and they don't have any Mr. Hakze says. But it's been sifted and there's sand in it and so no dust. Shavings were put on top of the dirt to solve the problem here. LCC council nixes appeal A protest against the Nov. 7 student election at the Lethbridge Community College is finished the time a student involv- ed in the appeal said Wednesday. Student council at the college voted eight to three Tuesday to turn down the protest and call for a new election. Dale who lost the election to Hal lodged the protest because the students' council violated its constitution by allowing only four school days for nominations and one day between election speeches and he said. BERGMAN'S FLOOR COVERINGS Open Thurs. and Fri. Evenings Phorw 328-0372 2716 12th 3. For Utmost Safe Driving in Snow and ley UNIROYAL SNOWPLOW RETREADED TIRES Completely they are your BMt Tire Buy carrying the guarantee Brand New Tlrea. including F78-14 and G78-14 and H78-14 and 15. KIRK'S TIRE SALES LTD. CKMT PLAN AVAILABLE HI 87-4711 M.TA.-OI1 Ml AM. combined to drive producers out of business. Mr. said more than one half of the hog producers in Alberta are in the age men who want to start to take life a little easier. extremely high price for feed grains has made this he said. should a farmer raise livestock that takes year- round work for many hours each day for a low return when he can make more money growing and harvesting Because of the trend to decreased hog Mr. Berg predicts dressed pork carcasses will reach 70 to 80 cents a up from about 50 to 60 cents a pound now. And he feels this higher price at the consumer level will reach Albertans as early as next March. Adding to the problem for hog producers is an attempt by the Canadian wheat board to control the marketing of feed claimed Mr. Berg. He said under the present arrangements where feed grains are controlled on a future a hog producer can estimate his cost of production for up to six months into the future. the wheat board takes the price of feed grains would fluctuate on a monthly he would take away from the producer's ability to estimate his production costs into the future. would mean even more risk for the He pointed the finger of blame at farmers in Saskatchewan for the move toward wheat board control of feed grains. people in Saskatchewan just want to go to Florida for the he said. getting rid of their hogs and raising only they can do this. Grain can be 'grown and harvested just in the summer while livestock need attention 12 months a Mr. while painting a grim picture for the im- mediate claimed the hog industry will survive the flourish over the long haul. He said Canadians have the best and the healthiest hogs in the world and this is a good base for any livestock in- dustry. But the key to the success of the hog industry is the young he said. The new producers will have to love livestock in order to put up with the long hours and the lack of holidays. The problem with the situa- tion today is that urban in- dustry can offer young men a much better income with a shorter work week. His suggestion to help bring more young people back to Provide an ade- quate income. should be getting about one third more for their he said. ex- tra income would just about bring the farm income on par with wages industry offers young men now. I am asking for is that farmers get their own fair share of the consumer's dollar. He sure isn't getting that share Living dangerously A solitary skater defies the odds for a skate Wednesday afternoon at Henderson Lake. Police chief Ralph Michelson said this morning almost ridiculous to think that anyone should be out there He warned all people so stay off the ice. ice at this time of year is dangerous if the water has any depth at he said. South breeds District ranchers have top Hereford MT Three Southern Alberta ranchers took the majority of the top awards at the Rocky Mountain Livestock Hereford Show at the Exhibition Pavilion Wednesday. Glen and Bernie Powlesland of Del Bonita swept the grand champion and reserve grand champion Hereford bull trophies. An entry by Vic Schneider of Bruderheim topped all Hereford female animals winning the grand champion female trophy. He edged Wrentham's Moyle Anderson who captured the reserve grand champion female trophy. The Powlesland herd also swept top honors in the breeder's herd group of four animals and the best pair of bulls competition. Powlesland bulls captured two red ribbons and a second- place blue ribbon in three classes. Don Maier of Lomond and Alfred Brost of Irvine also managed red ribbons in the bull category. Mr. Schneider captured two first place ribbons in the female category on his way to the grand champion female title. Mr. Anderson took one red ribbon and one blue rib- bon. In individual class competi- tion the class and first and se- cond place winners born 1971 Alfred Stringam Ranches Milk born Jan. to April 1972 born May 1972 to Dec. 1972 Don Bob Pincher Creek. Heifer born Jan. to May 1973 Bob Cards born May 1972 to Dec. 1972 Vic Moyle bom Jan. 1972 to April 1972 Doenz born in 1972 with or without a calf at foot born in 1970 or ejarlier calf at foot Ed New- Del Doenz Ranches. Hereford show competition was to continue today with more than 100 cattle consign- ed to the Southern Alberta Cattle Breeders held in conjunction with the 3rd an- nual Rocky Mountain Livestock Show and Sale. best A The majority of- the 'top awards in the 1973 Rocky Mountain Livestock Aberdeen-Angus Show were won by three Southern Alberta ranchers. A. G. Brown of Lethbridge won the grand champion bull trophy with a black angus animal. Nello Gioia of Monarch captured the runner- up reserve grand champion title. In the female R6d Mackenzie of Mountain View won the grand champion female title with his red angus animal. John Boake of Acme broke the string of top awards by Southern Alberta ranchers by winning the reserve grand champion female title. -A ngus Record price for champ boar ON THE WAV TO ERICKSEN'S DINE DANCE Friday and Saturday 4 K's WESTWINDS DININ6 ROOM t. p.m. NO COVER CHARGE Phone 328-7756 for Reservations Sunday FAMILY DAY SUNDAY BRUNCH 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. FAMILY DINING 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. IN THE OLD TRADITION OF WESTERN HOSPITALITY i lestaulattt The 1973 Rocky Mountain Livestock Swine Show supreme champion board ex- hibited by Doug Mashmeyer of Alberta brought a new Southern Alberta record price of Wednesday. Wallace Orr of Fort Macleod bought the top boar in the show and then paid for another Mashmeyer contributing to a total of 895 for 55 hogs sold during the day. The average price was per animal. The reserve champion Yorkshire sold by Malcolm Weir of brought from Henry Van Weert of Olds. Jack Hutchinson of Warner paid for another Weir boar. Jorgen Larsen of Tilley paid for a boar from the Knute Berg farm at Camrose. The Wilson Hutterite Colony of Lethbridge paid for a Larsen entry. George Jarokowski of president of the sponsoring Southern Alberta Hog Producers said the sale was exceptional- ly strong with a good turn-out of buyers paying top prices for some of the best breeding hogs in Western Canada.. can now par- ticipate in the strong western' sale said Mr. Jarokowski. proved this year it can produce a premium hog show and Joe one of the auc- tioneers during the said the sale was the best ever held in Southern Alberta. He said the prices and the buyer accep- tance was an indicator of the quality of the sale. Mr. Mackenzie won the breeder's herd group of four animals while Mark Merrill of Hillspring took top honors in the pair of bulls competition. Show judge William Harrer of Fort said the angus breeders put on a good show with many strong classes of cattle. Mr. Harrer said there has been a change during the past five years in .the type of cattle people been lookingJfor. He feels Canada is far ahead of .the U.S. in adapting to better cattle. The Canadian cattlemen are switching to longer animals that can maintain good ef- ficient he said. champion male and female animals are good ex- amples of this he said. sure like to take them home with In individual the class and first and second place winners born 1971 A. G. Gerald Pincher born Jan. to April 1972 Nello Mark born May 1972 to Dec. 1972 Rod Mountain D. E. Lethbridge. Ken Munton of Champion won the bull calf class. born May to Dec. 1972 John Mark bom Jan. 1972 to April 1972 born in 1971 with or without calf at foot Ken born .in 1970 or earlier with calf at foot Brown. Frank Slezina of Coaldale captured the best heifer calf ribbon. No Aberdeen-Angus animals will be offered for sale'during the three-day cattle show and sale. CUFF HACK. 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