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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 3, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 THt LETHBRIDvat HtRALu luesday, September 3, 1974 Ric Swihart Public disinterest sours milk price examination VANEE LIVESTOCK LTD. FORT MACLEOD Direct line from Lethbridge 328-1477, 328-7331 328-3211 "Livestock Dealers and Order Buyers" Hogs Shipped Monday, Turaday, and Thursday COMPLETE CATTLELINER SERVICE We buy feeders on all markets in Alberta Contact us now for your feeder cattle.____ LOHNER along with other S.B.L. bulls now make their Home at CANADIAN GENETICS For more information contact: A.S.A. No. 9, C.S.A. No. 10 Jan. 4, 1968 weight, May 7, 1973, Ibs. Per vial "VISITORS WELCOME" Canadian Genetics (Leth) Ltd. Located miles East and mile South of T1J 4A2 Lethbridge Airport or 3 miles straight South of Stewart Elevator on Highway 4. P.O. Box 1103, Lethbridge, Alberta Phone (403) 329-3212 The recent inquiry into a possible formula pricing system for milk in Red Deer was a real eye opener for this reporter and the only drawback was the lack of public response to the hearing. Mind you, the court house was about half full with a few obvious con- sumers in the audience dominated by farmers and government represen- tatives. But with the topic at hand, the inquiry should have been held in McMahon Stadium with seating for thousands. The idea behind formula pricing is to allow for price changes at the consumer level to look after cost of production fluctuations at the producer level It is an attempt to stabilize dairy farmer incomes at a positive position, a real change from this past two years when farmers say they lost up to 34 cents per hundred pounds of milk sold. The real impetus to increased profits is con- tinued milk production in Alberta with the aim to increase that production to a position that this province can gain a larger share of the national milk market share quota. The benefit for con- sumers listening to the reams of evidence given by producers, processors, TRUCKLOA of 1974 ADMIRAL COLOR TVs 100% SOLID STATE FALL HARVEST SPECIALS AT GREATLY REDUCED PRICES "THECHATAM" Contemporary Credenza Cabinet 26" Super Solarcotor Picture Tube One-Touch Color Control Lighted Channel Indicators SUPER SPECIAL S579 SIMILAR SAVINGS ON ALL OTHER MODELS GERRY'S TRADING POST FORT MACLEOD PHONF government and retailers would be to put the produc- tion of milk into proper perspective for the unin- formed city dweller. This space has been devoted several times to expounding the fact that increased profits will be needed to keep the Cana- dian dairy industry healthy The words from industry to the Alberta Public Utilities Board con- firmed this stand and hopefully it will be brought to fruition in the near future. The formula being studied by the PUB in- volves eight components, all with a set value in the formula. As the com- ponents change in price during a given period, their impact on the formula changes. The end result is the producer must get more money for the milk he produces to cover his costs, regardless of which component is responsible for the increase. And the only place to get more money, other than direct government subsidy, is the market place. And that means the public. K D. Porter, economist with the Alberta depart- ment of agriculture in Ed- monton, is the author of the formula pricing system guideline now being studied by the PUB. The first four com- ponents of the formula are divided to take in demand as reflected in industrial price and wage levels using the Canadian index, the average weekly industrial wages in Alberta and the consumer response to milk prices gauged according to the percentage of fluid sales compared with all milk sales. Fluid milk is defined as milk for drinking purposes Industrial or manufactur- ing milk, priced lower than fluid milk, is used to make cheese, ice cream and other dairy products. The last four components are aimed at the important governors in the supply of milk, namely production inputs. These include the index of farm inputs for Western Canada, index of farm wages for Western Canada, price of alfalfa hay in Alberta and price of 16 per cent dairy feed in Alberta. Five of the componentr are provided by Statistic. Canada. The rest comt from Alberta sources. With the formula producers should be able to go ahead with their business without fears o their creditors surrounding their farms demanding money or their livelihood. Just as important Alberta consumers will be more assured of readily available dairy products that match quality stan- dards anywhere in the world So when the price of a quart of milk or a pint of cream jumps remember the man on the land and don't question it Now is the time to transplant that spruce tree you have been wanting for some time That is, if the tree in question is less than six feet tall. When planting the tree, make sure the hole is large enough to leave about a foot of space around the root ball Never plant the trees more than an inch deeper than they were planted in their previous location. Fill in the hole with rich, black top soil or a mixture of two parts of good top soil to one part peat moss or humus Pack the soil down well, leaving a slight depression around the trunk. Water the tree thoroughly to saturate all the backfill. Repeat the watering every week to 10 days until freeze-up. On the local scene, it was nice to see a real gentleman and true master farmer from The South make it into the Old College Alumni Hall of Fame. Leonard Haney, co- owner of Haney Farms Ltd of Picture Butte. gain- ed the honor for his work with sugar beet, livestock, feed manufacturing, seed growing and general farm practice. A 1937 graduate of the college. Leonard has serv- ed with many farm, com- munity and educational organizations with a term of director for the Cana- dian Seed Growers' Association under his belt STILL SELLING FOR LESS STERN'S CUT-RATE FURNITURE 314 3rd St. S. Phone 327-3024 ;