From the Archives: Specialist questioned long-term antibiotic use in Alberta livestock

The Western Producer takes a weekly look at some of the stories that made headlines in issues of the paper from 75, 50, 25 and 10 years ago.

75 years ago: Jan. 1, 1942

The Saskatchewan petition calling for improved federal agriculture policy had collected 125,000 signatures by Dec. 27, which was a 25 percent increase from the previous week.

Field crops were worth $83 million in Manitoba in 1941, up from $60.9 million in 1940. However, it was a different story in the other two prairie provinces: $121 million in Saskatchewan from $179 million in 1940 and $93.3 million in Alberta, down from $140 million in 1940.

50 years ago: Jan. 5, 1967

Western Canada’s country elevator system wasn’t earning enough to provide for its own maintenance and replacement costs, said A.M. Runciman, president of United Grain Growers. He called for better co-operation and understanding from prairie farm organizations.

A. Baddon, a livestock supervisor with the Alberta Animal Industry Division, said no one could deny the benefits from using antibiotics to treat livestock disease. However, he wondered whether their inclusion in livestock rations for extended periods was a good thing in the long run.

25 years ago: Jan. 2, 1992

The federal government was predicting a 24 percent $800 million increase in realized net farm income in 1992, which would be entirely because of higher government support payments. However, while incomes in Alberta and Manitoba were expected to increase 131 and 43 percent, respectively, those in Saskatchewan were expected to decline 10.4 percent.

Ontario beef producer Ross Baker wanted to donate a cow to help feed hungry people in Russia and hoped other Canadian farmers would do the same. The plan wasn’t expected to go far, however, because of restrictive import regulations for live cattle.

10 years ago: Jan. 4, 2007

Both railways exceeded their revenue cap limits in 2005-06 — Canadian National Railway by $2.7 million and Canadian Pacific Railway by $1.5 million.

The Canadian government lived up to its commitment to develop an organic regulation by the end of 2006, but the European Union, which had forced the need to have such a standard in place,changed its mind at the last minute and extended its deadline for third party equivalency by one year to Dec. 31, 2007.

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