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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 29, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 10 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tueetiay, October Ric Swihart Whelan wine promo gives milk producers sour taste A headline over a wire service story that appeared in The Herald the other day sent shivers up my back. It read simply "Whelan all for drinking wine." is fine and dandy for Canada's minister of agriculture to expound the virtues of drinking crushed grapes on his own time. But when he comes out in the press and pushes wine, always careful to mention Farmers, Rushers Why sell your calves at these low market prices, for wintering or feeding, we have silage available. Information contact Slingerland Bros. CUSTOM FEEDLOT Diamond Ctty, Alberta not at the expense of milk consumption, about the only ones in this province to jump up and down and cheer are the Alberta Li- quor Control Board with visions of higher profits, a bunch of kids who can tell mom and dad they should be allowed to drink wine because the man in Ottawa said it was good for them and a bunch of .people who just needed an excuse to drink anything stronger than tea and coffee. He can say times that milk consumption shouldn't be changed in favor of increased wine consumption but who is he kidding if he thinks it won't affect the use of milk. As if Alberta's dairy farmers, let alone the rest of the dairymen in Canada, don't have enough produc- tion problems and price problems. The story went on to say scientists are ex- MODEL 4368 4 wheel drive IH Tractor Equipped wfth air conditioned cab and dual 184-38 tires. MODEL 4166 4 wheel drive IH Tractor Equipped with air conditioned cab and roll bar. Degelman Rock Pickers All types. Unden Poet Pounder 2-NEW14FT.IHC No. 620 Preee Drills MADGE EQUIPMENT LTD Phone 647-3838 Milk River Pavl Madge Res. 647-3112 perimenting in the realm of adding vitamins to beer to make it more nutritious. Nothing was mentioned about trying to make wine more nutritious. Maybe it is already. But without worrying about adding anything, milk is recognized as nature's most nearly perfect food. Note the last word was food, not drink. So here we sit in Canada, an importer of butter and cheese while just scraping through with fluid and powdered milk and alcohol drinks are being pushed. I wonder if the minister is trying to detract from public outcry when the price of milk is boosted across Canada because of the removal of the federal subsidy of five cents per quart. Milk prices will jump one cent per quart Nov. 1, two cents per quart Dec. 1 and another two cents per quart Jan. 19. That still makes milk cheaper by volume but it may help to shift people over to wine, especially with the blessings of the federal agriculture minister. Grape growers in Canada are indeed fanners. And a jump in wine consumption will mean a more assured market for bumper crops of grapes which nave been more the normal than the exception the past few years. But doesn't it seem more realistic to increase wine exports to meet the need for increased production rather than stand the chance of harming the milk producer. This entire ball of wax comes under the heading of government intervention or interference, depending on your position. This column has spoken out several times, saying the government should leave the production of milk alone and to leave the pric- ing picture to the supply and demand of the product. With a hands off policy, with milk pricing left to supply and demand situation, both producers and consumers would fare much better over the long haul. PUNNING TO TRAVEL? Let A.M.A. Travel Agency Look after all the details at No service charge to you We book and ticket most international North American Flights: Air Canada C.P. Air Pacific Western Western Air Hughes Air West Time Air, etc. Uee Your Chargex Mattel-charge American Expnwt Card, etc. to pay for your flight No waiting in line at the airport See the friendly competent agent at A.M.A. Traval Agency'for all your travel Business or Pleasure For further information and contact A.M.A. TRAVEL 608 5th South, Uthbridgt 328-1181 or 328-7921 OMca Opm Monday thru Friday fcW te t p.m. Saturday aJn. to fifc30 pun. Ampw Fraa Cuatamar Panting Specialists in all types of ENGINE REBUILDING CYLINDER BORING AND RESLEEVING CRANKSHAFT REGRINDING Ask about ew Guarantee ENGINES WISCONSIN ENGINE Sales and Service Centre Custom Engine Parts Ltd. 1605 3rd Avenue South Phone 32S-8161 ;