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Commission markets first hogs via teletype

Our History: March 1965

Commission markets first hogs via teletype

This photo on the front page of our March 4, 1965 issue showed Jack Spigelman (l), president of the Winnipeg Beef Company and Canada Department of Agriculture livestock grader John Tropak with the first lot of hogs to be marketed through the Manitoba Hog Commission’s new teletype system. The Winnipeg Beef Company bought the hogs for 25 cents per pound.

Below that photo was a story quoting federal Trade Minister Mitchell Sharp speaking about why he was refusing export subsidies for Canadian wheat. He said this would reduce the incentive to sell as much as possible at the best prices. “There would be a running battle between the producers and the taxpayers which the producers wouldn’t always win. Sooner or later there would be irresistible demands for acreage and production controls.”

We reported on the annual meeting of the Manitoba branch of the Canadian Seed Growers Association, which was attended by about 400 growers in Portage. The story said University of Manitoba agriculture dean, Len Shebeski outlined breeding work on hybrid wheat, with 14 hybrid combinations tested in the past year, and one outyielding Pembina by 25 per cent.

The issue carried a 17-page supplement prepared by the Manitoba Department of Agriculture, with explanations on the value of certified seed, fertilizer, soil testing and herbicides and chemicals for weed and pest control. That included in the garden. In an article titled “Home gardeners, give the hoe a rest,” amine and sodium salt formations of 2,4-D were praised for their stability, and that they could be stored in the basement for the winter without fear of killing houseplants.

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