The largest livestock, agricultural and industrial show in South America began in Argentina on Saturday (31 July).
LV & CU People enter 28th Argentine Livestock, Agricultural and Industrial Show passing policemen on gates (2 shots)
LVs INT People looking at cattle in pens (3 shots)
SVs Mounted band precedes President Jorge Videla's arrival as crowd applauds (2 shots)
SVs PAN President Videla arrives in car and cameraman filming (2 shots)
SV & CUs Prize cattle paraded (4 shots)
SV President Videla in crowd watching
SV Prize cattle being paraded (3 shots)
SV & LVs Crowd watches exhibition of riding by Federal Police (4 shots)
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Background: The largest livestock, agricultural and industrial show in South America began in Argentina on Saturday (31 July).
SYNOPSIS: Thousands of people gathered in the capital, Buenos Aires, for the 28th annual show. For the past two years the government has not participated fully in the show because of the friction caused by government agricultural policies. Argentina is primarily an agricultural country and its prosperity depends largely on foreign trade in meat, wool and cereals. The industry suffered because the deposed government, led by President Maria Estela Person, held the domestic prices to an unprofitable minimum.
This year the government was well represented by several government ministers and the President, Jorge Videla. A military band heralded his arrival. Argentina was also affected in 1974 when the European Economic Community, which had been taking about 70 per cent of Argentine beef, banned imports as part of an attempt to maintain domestic prices.
But, in spite of the difficulties, Argentina has maintained high standards in its beef industry and this was proved by the quality of the prize cattle displayed at the show.
President Videla watched as the champion cattle were paraded past the official stand.
The parade of cattle was followed by an exhibition of horse-riding by trick riders of the famed "Blue Squadron" from the Argentine Federal Police.