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British folks happy with ‘Bacon for Britain’ program

Our History: September 1948

Crossword enthusiasts may wish to have a go at this Manitoba Cooperative Wholesale ad from our Sept. 2, 1948 issue.

During the Second World War, farmers had been encouraged to raise hogs for the “Bacon for Britain” program, and a brief article in the issue reported that the British were happy with the product. A Canadian government representative had visited butchers in Manchester, who said that “retailers are more enthusiastic over Canadian bacon than ever before.”

The story said, “Behind this encouraging news is the accomplishment of Canadian farmers in producing a lean bacon hog; the vigilance of the Dominion Department of Agriculture in its inspection, and in its efforts to promote a milder cure; and the co-operation of the packing industry in preparing properly cut Wiltshire sides.”

We reported on the successful first year of the Manitoba Federation of Agriculture and Co-operation permanent camp at Clear Lake, listing the names and towns of all 118 campers from nine to 30 years of age.

A field day was scheduled for Sept. 11 at the Morden Experimental Station, and there was to be the latest report on the use of 2,4-D in controlling weeds in crops and pastures.

Listeners to the CBC noon farm broadcast received good news that reception would be improved by installation of a new 50,000-watt transmitter at Carman.

We also reported that the RCMP was issuing special permits to farmers to use firearms to control waterfowl damaging crops.

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