Cockshutt horse-drawn disc and drag harrows

Our History: May 1927

The May 1927 issue of The Scoop Shovel also featured advertisements for tractors and automobiles, but horse-drawn implements were still featured, such as these Cockshutt disc and drag harrows.

The issue featured extensive coverage of addresses to the International Wheat Pool conference in Kansas City, including speeches by the presidents of the three Prairie wheat Pools, Alberta Premier and former UGG director J.E. Brownlee, the U.S. secretary of agriculture and a representative of a Russian grain export firm.

“The Pool Woman” page in that issue featured a photo of Mrs. Ellen Foss of Stonewall, who had shipped the first carload of wheat to Manitoba Pool in September 1924.

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On the co-operative livestock-marketing front, cattle supplies were said to be short, with strong prices in recent weeks. “So pronounced is the scarcity of supply that the vanishing of overseas cattle to Britain has made no difference. By the end of May last year 40,000 cattle had been exported to Great Britain. Latest figures this year record only 7,100 shipped, and it is doubtful if it will reach 8,000 by the end of May.”

Cattle were instead heading west, and United Livestock Growers was shipping slaughter cattle from Winnipeg to Calgary and the Pacific Coast.

In the U.S., the government had introduced a new grade called “U.S. Prime Steer,” along with an educational program to “teach consumers that good beef is more desirable than poor beef.”

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