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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 17, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 10 LETHBRID6E HERALD TuMday, September 17, 1974 Ric Swihart Prudent poultry shoppers may find less to cackle over eggs Let's put this hassle about the price of eggs into perspective because I feel the great gobs of governmental and private sources established to protect the little consumer have more than too much to say without thoughts for the agricultural com- munity First, the price of eggs is not too high and even at double the present price. they would be a good buy. This is considering of course the excellent food value of just one egg which has all the life sustaining properties needed by a liv- ing organism, especially over a short period of time. The cost of an egg to the' consumer has to be related back to the cost of produc- ing that egg. allowing always tor a profit margin for the egg producer. Nobody, especially in this day and age. does anything tor nothing. And they shouldn't be expected to. The tact that a producer marketing board controls the movement and price of eggs should be enough. The members of this "board are producer-elected represen- Eastern Cauda Aitimn Lnvis Tour! Montreal. Qmtoc Princt Edwird Island. Halifax. Ottawa. Toronto. Niipn Falls. Oct. 1st, 23 days, as low as ..........teas Dismylnid.GrikCiqfoii.LHVigu. Nov.Zti. I6diys Chrisms DIsMylud.PastdwRosi Bowl Tew. Christmas Disneyland. Pasadena Rose Bowl Toyr. Die. 26th. 11 toys, u low it Florida Disney World Wasninoton D.C.. Jan. 11.24dm Caoada Winter SMMS Holiday Disneyland. Palm Sprints. Us Yogas. Feb. 8tM4 days, as lew as Only 4 Expo Trips Left Sept. 18, Sept. 26, Oct. 10, Nov. 1 3 Departures for Hawaii Jan., Feb.. Mar. "World's Only Airline Service On The Ground" NORTHERN BUS TOURS L.thbrWfl..Alta. Phone 327-3536 3M-4474 Atoo Plncher Creek Trarel Centre tatives who have to remember to be conscien- tious to their peers and at the same time be con- siderate of the consumer. If they set a price too low, the producers will be forc- ed out of business and if they set a price too hgih, consumers will stop buying. It costs Alberta egg producers 70 cents for each dozen eggs that goes to market. Add to this price, a reasonable profit for the producer and the cost to ship those eggs from the grading station to the market. And the stores don't operate a goody-goody business to provide eggs to the consuming public for the good of their overhead. They need a profit also. This of course brings to mind that fine lady of the east. Beryl Plumptre. the czar of consumer price protection who is fast growing to be number one enemy of federal Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan. At least from an egg eye's View. Mrs. Plumptre feels her coddled little consumers are paying too much for their little eggs.. Well, all her squawking about eggs going down the drain because of poor storage in Ontario and Quebec simply because they were priced out of the reach of the consumer doesn't hold water. Those eggs amounted to only one third of one per cent of the total Canadian egg market and that isn't much. One large egg producer and grader in Southern Alberta told The Chinook that on a proportionate scale, he loses just as many eggs on a regular basis, eggs which when put over the grader aren't fit FOX CANADA'S LARGEST PINZGAUER Fox-Born: March C.P.A. No. 18 Weight: 2005 Price: per ampule "VISITORS WELCOME" CANADIAN GENETICS (Leth) LTD, Located 2% Miles East and Mile South of Lethbridge Airport or 3 miles straight South of Stewart Elevator on Highway 4. P.O. Box 1103, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4A2 Phone (402) 329-3212 lor human consumption. And those eggs have to be figured into the cost of production schedule. So on the basis of one producer in Southern Alberta, the lost eggs is just like his produc- tion being reduced by one third of one per cent. And that doesn't amount to a hill of beans. He should know and he realizes that the cost of those eggs will come right out of his pocket. not from government. The next time you go to a store to buy eggs, remember the man back on the farm putting expensive feed into thousands of cackling hens. And remember he has to live too. My feeling is that those who use a product should pay for that product. And if government subsidy is brought into the egg in- dustry, all Canadians will share in the cost of all eggs. Remember there is quite a price differential for eggs from one store to another. Check the prices before starting to cakle yourself. You might enjoy your omelette more. A tip of the Chinook bowler to Marvin Gaits, Blair Shaw and Fred Mehlhaff to name a few for a fine effort in this year's Alberta Corn Tour. These fellows helped to come up with an informative and interesting day despite threatening weather con- ditions throughout. It was interesting to note the growing enthusiasm on the part of farmers toward this relatively new crop. Corn has proven itself in the form of grain as a base to make fine liquors and es- pecially in the United States, in the form of silage or hay. has made itself felt as an excellent source of food for livestock. A proven crop in the South, silage corn acreages have doubled in each of the past four years until it reached 30.000 acres this year. And other than ease of handling, net profit per acre of land has to take some of the credit for the skyrocketing acreages. Always remember- that corn silage prices will be based on the availability and price of other livestock feed stocks, some silage crops this year should reach 24 tons per acre. A good average crop to ex- pect this year will be 17 to 20 tons per acre. And the prices bantered back and forth at the corn tour centred on about per ton. That means some farmers would gross about per acre of corn silage. With a maximum cost of production of about per acre, that leaves a tidy profit of per acre. This compares with grain which will yield about 60 bushels per acre on irrigation and return a gross of about per acre. With a cost of production for grain at about per acre, the net profit is only about per acre. That still doesn't mean city residents should run out and break up a bunch of lawn to try to make a quick dollar but farmers interested in corn have a wealth of knowledge through the Canada and Alberta departments of agriculture to draw on. It won't be exactly like pioneering a new crop. Vauxhall High School grad Richard Pepneck is one of four Alberta students attending post- secondary schools on an Alberta Wheat Pool scholarship for high academic standing. Richard is enrolled in the faculty of arts and science at the University of Lethbndge. TESTED CATTLE Officials in Agriculture Canada's Health of Animals Branch are concerned about an increase in the incidence of brucellosis, particularly in Alberta. Saskatchewan and Ontario. They suggest farmers could help prevent the spread of brucellosis through their herds by buy- ing brucellosis tested cattle. NEXT EDITION OF "THE CHINOOK" Will appear in The Lethbridge Herald Tuesday, Oct. 1st. Advertisers are reminded that the dead- line for advertisements is Wednesday, Sept. 25th The Lctltbrtdge Herald DAVIS ENTERPRISES (ALBERTA) Pajr lor HIDES-SCRAP METAL-CAST IRON-BATTERIES RAOIATORS-COPPER-BRASS-ETC. ALBERTA STEEL PRODUCTS Ltd. in Nn> Structural Steal, Angles. and PrtcM) Both ButiiMMM Located at 1505 2nd Are- S-, Uthbridga Phona 337-4035 or 327-C2S1 ;