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Post-war conditions saw increased need for chicks, eggs

Our History: February 1947

The lasting effects of the Second World War were evident in our Feb. 15, 1947 issue, which carried this ad for chicks to supply more eggs for Britain. A brief story also said that Britain was prepared to take all five million tonnes of lamb and mutton that were expected to be available for export that year.

We reported that the provincial Department of Agriculture had published a new book on chemical weed control. “In recent years, chemicals have come to occupy a place of increasing importance in weed control. Their use, however, should not be considered as replacing sound cultural practices, and other established methods of controlling the weed menace.”

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The winter of 1947 is said to be one of the worst on record for the Prairies, and there were two hints of the severity in the Feb. 15 issue. One was a reminder from the Department of Highways not to lock the doors when abandoning cars on the highway, as this created problems for snow clearing. “If the car doors are unlocked, one of our crew can get in to steer. If we can’t get in, towing becomes slower and more risky.”

Also, the Manitoba Federation of Game and Fish Association had asked farmers to put out feed for upland game birds. This was endorsed by that week’s editorial, which said, “Upland game birds are of vital importance in the control of insect pests and their benefit to farmers in this direction far exceeds any loss to cereal crops caused by their foraging for food.”

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