Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 2, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Tuesday, October 2, 1973-THE LETHBRIDGE 11 Ric Swihart V' (ft New feed grain policy requires close reading Charges by the Alberta government that the federal government offers no stability to the agricultural industry in the west have been confirmed. The latest hot item in agriculture is the domestic feed grains marketing policy announced through the Canadian wheat board by Justice Minister Otto Lang, It sounds just great almost to the end and this is the key read it to the end The idea behind the feed grains policy for product marketed in Canada is to obtain order and stability in the system, fairness and equity in the treatment of all grain growers and livestock producers and growth of the feed grains and livestock industries ac- cording to the natural potential of the different regions. To do this, starting Sept 1. the federal government established a buying agency and a price for feed grains not sold through the Canadian wheat board Naturally the price offered by the Agriculture Products Board had to be higher than the initial price farmers receive for delivering their feed grains for sale through the wheat board markets. But the price couldn't be higher than what the wheat board could expect to sell it for during the crop year. At the time of the an- nouncement, the initial price for barley was per bushel. At the end of the crop year, the govern- ment will tally up all the feed barley sales during that year and divide the rest of the money left after initial payments among the farmers who delivered to the wheat board. Under the new program, the Agriculture Products Board offered farmers a flat payment of per bushel for feed barley. Sup- posedly this would set the floor price for barley used domestically for livestock feed Instead of selling barley to a neighbor or a feedlot for 80 cents a bushel or lower as has been done in the past, the farmer can sell it to the new board for per bushel if he can't attract that price anywhere else. SIMPLE This is all very nice and simple Mr. Lang proudly announces that with the new floor price for feed barley, there should be no sales outside of the wheat board at any price lower than the price being offered by the new board. He then qualifies his whole program with, "But even that price 98 per bushel for feed barley) is too low in this year's market because the total return on feed grains delivered to the Canadian wheat board is bound to be higher "The choice belongs to the farmer1 What a choice. Now the farmer has the choice of selling his barley to one of two government agencies. The former choice was between one government agency (wheat board) or the feed in- dustry. At least this program has raised the price the farmer gets for his feed grain. What is also done is to dou- ble that price, at least from one year ago And farmers don't need that much increase in only one year. Feedlot operators were paying about 22 cents per pound of gain per animal last year. With the new program, they will have to pay 40 to 45 cents for each pound each animal gains on feed before going to slaughter. So now thanks to Mr. Lang, the farmers still don't know whether to sell their barley to the new board for per bushel or wait and deliver it to the wheat board for more as predicted by Mr. Lang. What he has done is to turn the livestock business into red gold. 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Horses are making it big in Japan these days and the Bill Lumley family just outside Lethbndge is play- ing a big part in horsemanship in that orien- tal country Bill has just shipped some Appalposa animals to Japan along with some other quarterhorses, Welsh and Kanata ponies that will be used for pleasure. And to make it easier for children and others interested in pleasure horsemanship, son Gordon Lumley will be spending some months in Japan instructing the art of riding. Agriculture Week will kick off Monday (Oct 8) under the theme growing together. The week is designed to improve communications between urban and rural residents of the province. 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