Follow·ng is t·.e gist of a p•ess release after
the Loacers .i? ~=~a~~aat at the Wh~te House.
I was happy to receive the news that Australia this year will
reduce ts imports of beef, mutton, veal and lamb by 170 million pounds
o~ 29% of ::..963 and ;e.w Zealand 50 m lion pounds of the same or 22% under
its 1964 imports. This comes to a total of 220 million pounds less in 1964
than in 1963 or a 27% reduction.
I am glad to note also that t .e Sec=etary of Defense has placed
orders for 36 mi lion pounds of beef for our overseas bases, plus 18 million
pounds of beef to be put in cold storage. Furthermore, the Agriculture
Department has been authorized to spend $20 million for the purchase of
beef for school lu ch ;rograms and other projects .
This is a step in the right direction but is not by any means
the complete answer. I am delighted to note that the McGee investigation
of chain store practices is looking into the situation wherein the cattle•
men get low prices and the consumer receives none of the benefit . This
factor must be inquired into thoroughly to see what its effect is on the
low prices for cattle.
May I say that my interest is in the stock growers who raise
cattle for a living, not in the "side-line ranchers", the oil men, doctors
and those of other professions who invest in cattle ranches as subsidaries
to their main means of livelihood.
Mike Mansfield Papers, Series 21, Box 42, Folder 47, Mansfield Library, University of Montana
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