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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 14

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14 · Northwest Arkansas TIMES, TUBS., July 2, 1974 FAY£TTIVIULE, ARKANtAS · · While Meat Packers Show Profit Cattle Feeding Operation Shows Loss By LOUISE COOK I Associated Press Writer The men who raise the steers that put beef on the American dinner table want a bigger share, of your dollar. They say they'll go broke if they don't get it, · vBill Frank has 130 head of cattle on his 320-acre farm near Hudson, Colo., a town of 450 persons northeast of Denver. -When his cattle get big enough, he'll sell them to someone like Lawrence Kentfield of Wilsonville, Neb., them on grain. who fattens ; .Then Kentfield twill sell them to someone like John Morrel! Go., a packing house that is part of United Brands. Morrell will slaughter the cattle, cut them up and sell them to someone like Pantry Pride-Food Fair, one of the nation's largest supermarket chains. . P a n t r y Pride-Food Fair will sell the meat to you. The American National Cat-1 lemen's Association, which represents people like Frank and Kentfield, estimates its members have lost more than 1 billion since September because of declining livestock rices. EMERGENCY LOANS Legislation is pending in Congress for. an open-ended emergency program of government- guaranteed loans tor livestock and poultry producers. Part of the problem is that there is more meat than any of the experts predicted. More cattle were fed out on the range -- out of sight of government analysts who check feedlots to try to figure out how much beef is on its way to market. In addition, cattlemen feeding their livestock on grain decided to hold on to them longer, waiting for prices to rise after government controls were lifted. The cattle got bigger than normal, producing more meat -and fat. And the prices, paid to farmers didn't rise. Meanwhile, there was a backlog of cattle. Truckers' strikes meant the cattle couldn't be shipped to market. The backlog got bigger and consumers still weren't buying beef.. i Ranchers in Florida, the nation's 18th largest cattle producing state, are in the same boat as those in Colorado. Florida ranchers produce 2.2 million head a year, virtually all of them for sale to out-of-state feedlots. Last year, they were getting 57 cents a pound from feedlot operators. Last week, · they were getting 25 cents a pound. PRICE DECLINED The price the rancher got for his calves declined · because men like Nebraskan Kenlficld, who fattens the calves, refused to pay more. Not To Be Decided Summarily Jones Matter 'Complicated'Attorney Says Kentfield put 160.. head', ofi cattle into his. feedlot pen on Feb. 26. ,Th'e animals.: weighed an average 660 pounds and he paid farmers 42 cents a pound or about $280 each By June 1, the cattle weighed an average of I,025i'p6unds each-aiid"Kent- field . estimated' 'he' ha'd.yspent $120 feeding each one Kentfield fed the cattle on grass and grain He said that at curreht'prices,'.cattle-have to eat more-than:45 cents; worth of grain to gain[one : pOund.-.Farm ers with pastureland'to' : spare are charging Kentfield.35-cents for each-.pound; his'.cattle; gain while grazing on'.the land. The price for grain and pas tureland has doubled in the past scar Kentfield said Coin .hat used to be $1 a bushel is $2.50 the pastureland price used to be 17 cents a : pound gained. Kenlfield;. watched,- the: price paid for cattle going down He wanted to cut his losses ane sell on June 1 He was willing to take 33 cents a pound but he couldn^t find.a buyer...So-Kent field decided .to hold, on ;to the animals* and is "still .feeding them. Choice: feeder cattle'.weti 40 cents a "still' below selling 'for .about pound last week .LITTLE HOCK (AP) -- Eugene Warren of Little Rock, who was hired Monday by the Arkansas Senate committee looking into the qualifications of Sen. Guy H. "Mutt" Jones of Conway, said he thought the matter was complicated. 'He said it is "not a matter to he decided summarily, not in two or three days. However, Warren emphasized that he had had only about two hours to consider the potential problems and that further study might show fewer problems would be involved. He said he had received no word on how the Senate wanted him to proceed and that the amount of research involved in the case could depend on whal course the Senate chose (to take. It might take 30 to 40 days to conduct all the appropriate re search under some concepts Warren said, depending on how Warren, perience many legal exploration. questions needed who in has broad ex- administrative icarings and related procedural problems, was employed by he 10-member committee set up -by the Senate to create procedures for the Jones inquiry. Sen. Olen Hendrix of Prescott suggested ^Varren's name and :ive of the nine voting members of the committee approved with none dissenting. The committee then made the choice unanimous. FLATTERED Warren said he was flattered to be considered for the job, but he said at the outset that he was not qualified for the job if his role was to be that of a special prosecutor. Sen. Max Howell of Jacksonville, chairman of the Jones committee, said Warren's role would be to conduct research to "tell us where we are" and to draft procedures to guide the inquiry._ Oklahoma Opposes Plant Near Gentry Pending Study LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- The Oklahoma Department of Pollution Control said Monday that it is opposed to a proposed coal- fired power plant near the Ar- kansasrOklahoma border _ until questions about the plant's potential effects on air and water quality are answered adequately. '- The Oklahoma agency made the remarks in a letter to the Arkansas Public Service Com- Women Convicts Placed In Isolation Cells CUMMINS PRISON FARM Ark. (AP) -- Two Kentucky women, convicted of first-de gree murder in the shooting death of a Hazen policeman were assigned to isolation cells in the Women's Reformator here Monday. Lucille 0. Shanks Smith, 24 of Dry Ridge and Brenda Spun cer, 23, of Jackson were con victed Friday by an Arkansa: County Circuit Court jury o murder and sentenced to lifi Imprisonment in connectioi with the death of Morris Green wait, 51. "Tim Baltz, p'jblic information officer for the Arkansas Correc lion Department, said the deci sion to place the women in iso lation cells was made becaus of "their prior behavior rcgarc irig escapes." Miss Smith, Miss Spence and Essie Mae Willock, 19, c Louisville, escapee! April '2 from a Kentucy correctional hi stitution. In addition to th murder charge, the women ar accused of robbery and kidnap ing in events preceding Green wait's death. Miss Willock was granted separate trial. 'Baltz said Miss Smith an Miss Spencer would remain i Isolation cells indefinitely an probably would be placed i maximum security cells at t'ii new women's reformatory un der construction at Pine Bluff The new facility is expects to be completed next year. Pros. Ally. Sam Weems Stuttgart said Monday that had filed two more charges i Prairie County Circuit Coir against Miss Smith and Mif Spencer. He said they wei charged with possession of stc len property in the alleged the of a pickup truck in Tennesse and grand larceny in the a leged theft of a car at Brow Grove, a small communit north of Hazen. TRI-LAKES ANTiNNA Sales and Service N»w A Uitd Antenno Color · Black A Wfilt* BeoiKri a Towen Free Ettrmaies 751-7927 7I1-S4K 7SI-BOT ission. The PSC has post- oned a hearing set for July 8 n the proposed location of the ower plant. The Oklahoma department s uestiohs and those posed by arious Arkansas government epartments U'd the PSG to is- ue a deficiency letter to the ponsors of the plant -- South- 'estern Electric Power Co. and ·orp. SWEPCO reader vigorously o the postponement of the earing date, warning that lectric service to Northwest Warren said he wanted to examine the opinion rendered last September by Atty. Gen. Jim Guy Tucker on the Jones case, correspond with the attorneys general in the 49 olher slates on any similar cases there, and explore the Senate journal to see if it shows procedures followed in any similar case in Arkansas' past. He said he would report back to the committee at the earliesl possible time, but he did not indicate when that would be. Warren said most lawyers in Pulaski County charged a fee of $50 per hour, but that he saw his role as being something like a public service and would charge 535 per hour. Warren's experience in procedures for hearings includes his role as attorney for the state medical and pharmacy boards. He also has represented the Arkansas Education Association, the Classroom Teachers Association, the Arkansas Activities Association, the Arkansas Medical Association, and the .Arkansas Pharmacy Association. QUESTIONED Sen. Bill Walmsley of Batesville, one of six senators who sponsored -the resolution that set up the Jones committee, questioned how Warren could suggest that it might take 30 to 40 days of research if he had not yet done more than a preliminary study of the problems. Warren said that he did not mean that 30 to 40 days would be required, but that such Kentfield s break even point He has. $119,$21iin loans com ng due 'and doesn't know' ho\ ie'11 pay them Kentfield . made : money i jast years:.- -- his 1973, tax · re urn showed .: a net income o ;6,5fj8 and Turkey Relaxing Ban On Opium '70s was about $10,000 Ynd; hei'plaVis : to- stay i n th jsiness; "If things get on an e\en kce nd r l could · gel the. money, ould pull out m too bi thre ·ears he says Monlto'rt' of .Colorado operate both a feedlot and packing op eration, marketing more than half a million head ot cattle a ear , In 1972 the company had sales- of .$288.8^millidnYand: a profit ot $5 8 million -- about 2 ier cent In 1973 Montfort sales were $301.2 million · arid jrofit was; $1 million, about merthird: of one-uer cent. Tins yeai for the fust time, companj officials provided a breakdown of the feeding and jacking opeiation Hie cattle 'eeding division showed a loss of $10 8 million foi the first six months of 1974, the packing op ef atipn "showed · a^prof it- of: S3-.-2 million. Montfort got a tax refund of $3 8 million foi a ntl dftei tax loss of S3 7 million for the first six months of the Jtai Sam Adams Montfort iice president estimated that feed lot operators have lost $1 75 bil lion in the past nine months "compared with total equity of something, over $3 billion. That equity- .was , built ..over, many years ' Kenneth Mont foil president of the Greeley-bascd firm 'said: w e r e going through a geneial belt lightening But theies no doubt that we will survive. ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -Turkey is relaxing the ban the United States got it to put;o|i poppy - f a r m i n g , for opium two yeaVs ago A / 'government spokesman said' Monday the, cabinet hid dccided'lb allow Uie opium poppy 5 to be gronn again m six provinces and part of a seventh in' central Turkey. The spokesman said the *ov ernment would take ..all neces sary measures to -prevent line- 'sale of the opium Before :he ban in 1172 some Turkish opium was*' produced for con veision to medicinal morphine but the U S government claimed ( that itiie Tuikish crop was als'o the source of 80 ner cent of the heroin smuggled into the United States - The United States gave Tur keys $35 million to compensate the 100000 poppy farmers bu' the "ban .wasictill .unpopular. Bishop Dies ATLANTA, Ga. (AP). --Retired Methodist Bibhop Arlnur J Mooie, 85, died Sunday night a nursing home Bishop Hloore a sell educated former railroad flagman, once was president of the worldwide Council of Bishops and was the Methodist Church. the' United He served foi 22 years as bishop of Geo-- gia and also served in Europe, Africa and Asia. ^^^__ DISCOUNT QUALITY ·LACK.CAT CRACKERS BUY ONE GET ONE FREE!! Largest Selection in Northwest Arkansas -- ^Convenient Locations -- · KMART on Hwy 71N'in Fayeflevtlle -- Robert Parish e DILLONS on Hwy 715 in FayetteviHe -- Neil Adams · DILLONS on Hwy 45E in Fdyetfeville -- Nettle Courtney · DILLONS on Hwy 62 in Prairie Grove -- David Courtney , · LONG'S GROCERY on Hwy, 68E in Springdale -- Levita Lanei · A W TRUCKING on Hwy 59E 33 in Siloam Springs -- Marshal Clary ·'HART'S FAMILY CENTER on Hwy 62E 23 in Eureka Springs -- Deonn « DENILE'S TWO STOP on Hwy 71N in West Fork -- Steve Campbell OHWY 71S across from EPC in Fayettevijle -- Ty Hoskins « ARKANSAS AUCTIONEER .ENTERPRISES on Hwy 71 between Alma and Van Buren -- Ken Preston Arkansas would be threatened nless construction on the Little 'Imt Creek plant near Gentry roceeded as scheduled. Dr. Thomas D. Peace, direc- or of the Oklahoma board, out- ined questions his state has ; bout the plant, which include: --Seepage through the strata mderlying the proposed lake. --The impact of having the to- al now of the Little FUnt ;reek shut off intermittently. --Plant management under xtremes of climatic conditions, ncluding heavy rainfall and drought. --The effects of heavy metals otal dissolved solids, blue- »recn algae and'temperatures length of lime might be required, depending on '"what he found in further research. Walmsley suggested that Warren look at Tucker's opinion. The senator said he thought it, answered a lot of the questions satisfactorily. Howell said he wasn't satisified with Tucker's opinion. The opinion said that in Tucker's view Jones was not qualified to serve in the Senate. The question of Jones' qualifications came up because of the senator's conviction on four federal felony income charges. He was placed on unsupervised probation for three years and was fined $5,000. Warren said questions to be decided included these: DECISIONS --Does Article V, Section 9 of the state Constitution apply? says no one convicted ot "infamous crime shall be gible to the General Assem- the waters treams. of Oklahoma . --The adequacy of the biological data presented. Peace said Oklahoma's comments concerned the number of power generating units that eventually would be placed at the site and the "high sulfate evels" that would accompany he additional units. SWEPCO and Arkansas Electric have applied for a. permit to build one mil, but the site could accommodate a second unit in the fu- ,ure. Project Suspended EDGEWOOD ARSENAL, Md. 'AP) -- The procurement of beagle puppies for use in chem- cal warfare experiments has been suspended pending intensive review by the Defense Department, according to the Army. The Army said it has suspended procurement of 450 beagle puppies on which bids were to have opr-.dd Friday. The announcement follows congressinr.al and public cri'i- cisrr, '.jf the use of beagles in military testing programs. The Army has denied it planned to test poison gas on the dogs, however, saying they were to be used in efforts to develop a v a c c i n e against chemical agents such as tear gas and other riot controls. --If so, by what vote -- a majority, two-thirds, three-fourths or what -- does the Senate rule that a member is not qualified? --Does Article V, Section 12 of the state Constitution apply? It says the Senate shall have power fo expel a member if two-thirds of the Senate votes for expulsion. --What provisions of the federal Constitution apply and in what way? Warren said federal rules of due process might come into play, requiring that a written charge be filed, in detail, and giving Jones time fo respond, listing witnesses, allowing each side time fo prepare their cases, and so on. Walmsley said he thought the TERMITES ? CAU ADMIRAL * PEST CONTROL Roaches, Ante, Spider*, etc. COMMERCIAL · RESIDENTIAL.' 442-7298 whether an basic question was that conviction was famous crime" and that the answer to that question would determine how the Senate ruled. Warren said he doubted that it would be legally acceptable for the Senate to accept a certified copy of the U.S. District Court conviction of Jones E disqualification of the senator. That would he substituting the judgment of the jury for the judgment the Senate is required by the Constitution to exercise, he said. Enjoy Cool Comfort SWIM, BATHE, . IN YOUR WASHABIE RUPTURE-EASER for rtduclUi inguinal hernia A Patented GCS3 Truti IEFT OR J8.95 $6.95 * I G H T 5 l D e DOUBLE jicome-, through · the 1960s an

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