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Aug. 1, 1968

The August 1, 1968 issue celebrated the Co-operator’s 25th anniversary since its rebirth in 1943. It had started life as The Scoop Shovel in 1925, becoming the Co-operator in 1931 and ceasing publication at the height of the Depression in 1936.

This advertisement from the issue reminds of a time when Manitoba Pool was not just in the grain business, but processing hogs and cattle at Pool Packers in Brandon and selling its own line of hybrid pigs. At the time there were more than 14,000 potential hog-producing customers in the province. In the 2011 Census of Agriculture, 318 farms reported producing pigs in Manitoba.

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