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Canada puts out call for British agricultural families

Our History: January 1928

The Scoop Shovel, which later became the Manitoba Co-operator, carried this ad from the Department of Immigration and Colonization in the January 1928 issue. It said that Canada wanted more British agricultural families, farm workers and house workers, and invited nominees who could have passage paid at different rates to different locations in Canada.

A column from Manitoba Co-operative Dairies reviewed the past year, which apparently had several production problems resulting from a poor oat crop and low feed supply.

“The scarcity of good dairy cows is very acute over the whole Dominion, due very largely to destruction of herds in the the south. Farmers of the United States are coming over and purchasing large numbers of cows, so at the present time it is difficult to obtain good dairy stock.”

It later said, “Market conditions have not been the best, but our home market is increasing very rapidly and looks as though it might take care of our whole production for some time. There was very little butter exported last year, but considerable imported. Why should this be in a country like Canada where we possess large tracts of unused lands? The possibilities of Canada are truly great from every standpoint.”

The Co-operative Livestock Marketing report for the month said, “Best heavy fat cows are selling from $7 to $7.50, with a fair to medium kind from $5.50 to $6.50; canners and cutters from $3.25 to $5.

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