Manitoba Pool was in the swine business in 1968, and also owned a packing plant in Brandon. This ad in our August 1, 1968 issue offered Pool hybrid pigs as well as assistance in setting up a barn.
If you owned purebred Charolais, there was good news in that issue. The second World Charolais Sale in Red Deer had a gross sale figure of $519,950 on 49 lots for an average of $10,607 per lot, just $318 short of the record set the previous year. About 1,250 attended the sale, with two Texas buyers purchasing five animals for an average of $28,900.
If you were a grain farmer there was little good news that month. We reported that cumulated rainfall for the 35 days from June 24 to July 29 exceeded seven inches at four stations in Manitoba, and others approached that amount. Then on Aug. 14 much of the province was hit by frost. In the Aug. 22 issue we reported that the Pool crop report said there had been further deterioration over the previous two weeks and that many late crops needed at least four weeks of ideal weather to mature.
In stark contrast, an area along the western fringe of the province had had below-normal rainfall and Manitoba Agriculture Minister Harry Enns announced a program to pump water to replenish dugouts.
Earlier that month he had announced assistance to clean up damage from a tornado that had struck the La Riviere, Manitou and Miami districts on July 20.
Meanwhile, grain was backing up due to a five-week grain handlers’ strike at the Lakehead, and the wheat board announced plans to move grain through Duluth.