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Merry Xmas & Happy Blogging

So how is the blogging going out there in the beef production world? I can’t get enough of it myself. Earl says he should get the defroster fixed. But as poor as he is the only alternative is to be tough…

Actually, I don’t know anything about blogging other than I said I would try it. It is like writing a column or a short news item for our Internet web page on a regular basis. If you can’t get enough of me here on paper once an issue, one day you may be able to go to my web blog and I can be with you every day. If you go to: http://www.grainews.cayou will see that Grainews editor Jay Whetter has a blog and perhaps by the time you read this my chubby cheeks (I’m talking about my face, now) will be there, too. At the moment there is some technical glitch. I can write the blog — the column — but they can’t seem to get it launched.

That is sort of my life story with computers and software and technology in general. Over the years, people have advised “oh it’s easy. Just do this, this, and this, and it will work.” And I do this, this and this and it doesn’t work. And then they come back and say, “oh, there must be a problem there somewhere, we’ll get back to you.”

So that is where things are at the moment — here in late November — “Houston we have a blog problem.” I don’t know if my blog will ever get launched, but if it doesn’t, just call me, and I can read you some amazing stuff.

In the meantime, thanks for reading for the past year. Thanks for your calls with comments, with suggestions, with story ideas, and with your hopes that the last ‘good’ editor of Cattleman’s Corner will be back soon. I know it hasn’t been the best year in the beef business, but hey, not everyone can be dairy farmers. Remember that better days are ahead.

I often the remember a comment made by a retired family doctor — Gabriel Slowey — when he’d come to visit my Dad in his later years. Dad always had legitimate aches and pains, and Dr. Slowey always responded, “Look at the bright side, Roy. At least we are on the right side of the grass today.”

Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Lee Hart

Editor

Breeder mourned

Friends and colleagues in the beef industry were saddened by the death of Sonya Anne Isley, of Langdon, Alta. who was killed in a Calgary traffic accident, Nov. 12, 2008. She was 44.

Sonya, wife of Gerry Isley and mother to Taylor and Riley (15-year-old twins) and Cody (13 years old), was born and raised in Calgary. She and her husband were well known and respected in the cattle and landscape business, operating GIT Salers and GIT Landscape Supplies from their ranch just east of Calgary.

The family runs over 100 cows including a purebred Salers herd. Sonya was thrilled with the many banners the family won at Farmfair International earlier in November, which included National Grand Champion Female, National Champion Breeders Herd, National Show Premier Breeder and National Show Premier Exhibitor.

Interment was at the Dalemead Cemetery on November 17, 2008.

Readers Views

Time for change

Dear Christoph:

We read your column “French wines, windmills and Swiss chocolate” (Christoph Weder — Spirit View — November 2008), and agree you are right about the “forward thinking red neck industry!”

Canada, if (the industry) is open to change, could conquer the European and Asian market if they wanted. Canada has a great image in the world, let’s get it working in Canada’s favor.

The only question that remains for me (and everybody else probably), how can we get those boneheads in government and the livestock industry changed?

Keep up the good work! Koos and Barbara Bos

Peace River, AB

Bad strategy

Dear Editor

If producers aren’t worried about the Alberta Livestock and Meat Strategy (ALMS), yet, they should be.

ALMS has the potential to absolutely destroy the cow/calf producers in Alberta and the provincial Minister of Agriculture George Groeneveld won’t even consider our concerns. Indeed, he has blatantly snubbed the Alberta producers by implementing an agency to oversee the beef industry while refusing direct representation from the affected producers.

Many opinions have been offered about ALMS from “consider ways to exit the industry,” to mandatory” to “full compliance” and on and on. Obviously our Minister is not listening or has the opinion that there is really only one guiding light who is all knowing and intends to use (or abuse) the power of his office to prove it. However, under the guise of health and food safety we are seeing a far more sinister presence rearing its ugly head and this is the issue we would like to address.

The job of government is to facilitate — not to run business; to facilitate — not to assume ownership of business; to facilitate — not to manipulate and; to facilitate — not to mandate. When government uses mandatory regulations to affect the day to day operations of a business, to transfer the value of one sector of an industry to another without compensation, to directly determine who must “exit” an industry or to force people to sign away their rights under the Privacy Act by withholding much needed support, democracy no longer exists. If this strategy is passed it is the seed for at best, dictatorship. The only question remaining is, which sector of our society will be next?

Minister Groeneveld, since common sense doesn’t seem to hinder your approach at all, we can only wonder what the real agenda could be? Is your lack of action in regard to a potential monopoly situation being developed in the beef industry only a sign of things to come? Certainly the family farm doesn’t appear to have any significance whatsoever in your “Brave New World”.

Stephen Shwetz Woodland Ranchers Association Smoky Lake, Alberta

More on technology

A farm couple, in their 80s, from Swan River, Man. were having dinner at Al’s International Cafe when the husband leans over and asks his wife, “Do you remember the first time we had sex together more than 55 years ago? We went behind the village tavern where you leaned against the back fence and I made love to you.”

“Yes”, she says, “I remember it well.”

“OK,” he says, “How about taking a stroll around there again and we can do it for old time’s sake?”

“Oh Jim, you old devil, that sounds like a crazy, but good idea!”

A Mountie sitting in the next booth heard their conversation and, having a chuckle to himself, he thinks to himself, I’ve got to see these two old-timers having sex against a fence. I’ll just keep an eye on them so there’s no trouble. So he follows them.

The elderly couple walks haltingly along, leaning on each other for support aided by walking sticks. Finally, they get to the back of the tavern and make their way to the fence. The old lady lifts her skirt and the old man drops his trousers. As she leans against the fence, the old man moves in. Then suddenly they erupt into the most furious sex that the policeman has ever seen. This goes on for about ten minutes while both are making loud noises and moaning and screaming. Finally, they both collapse, panting on the ground.

After about half an hour of lying on the ground recovering, the old couple struggle to their feet and put their clothes back on. The policeman, is still watching and thinks to himself, this is truly amazing, I’ve got to ask them what their secret is.

So, as the couple passes, he says to them, “Excuse me, but that was something else. You must’ve had a fantastic sex life together. Is there some sort of secret to this?”

Shaking, the old man is barely able to reply, “Fifty-five years ago that wasn’t an electric fence.”

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