Agriculture ministers meet to end “chicken and egg war”

Our History: July 1971

Agriculture ministers meet to end “chicken and egg war”

In July 1971 you could save on long distance by calling between midnight and 6 a.m. — a three-minute call was $1 or less ($6.12 in 2015 dollars).

That made it cheaper to communicate by telegram, and we reported that the Manitoba Egg and Poultry Association had sent a telegram to Ottawa requesting resumption of interprovincial competition on tenders to supply poultry products to federal institutions. That was part of a story which said provincial agriculture ministers were to meet to discuss a proposal to end the “chicken and egg war,” in which some provinces were dumping poultry products into each other’s markets. The eventual result was the supply management system.

The Manitoba Pool crop report said that despite almost continuous excess precipitation in some areas, overall prospects were for above-average yields. A table of precipitation since April 1 showed Brandon topping the list with 14.06 inches compared to normal of 7.75. Baldur had 13.18 inches, Pilot Mound 13.09 and Starbuck 11.94.

Federal Agriculture Minister H.A. Olson had approved 569 applications to import 896 purebred cattle from Europe. They were to move through quarantine stations in the St. Lawrence River and the French island of St. Pierre. Simmentals topped the list with 340, followed by 190 Limousin, 155 Charolais, 79 Fleckvieh, 40 Chianina, 38 Pie Rouge, 25 Maine Anjou, 14 Gelbvieh, 10 Brown Swiss and one each of Pinzgauer and Tarentaise.

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