To the Editor. Sir, —I should imagine some hundreds, perhaps thousands, of our farming frends have read with great interest the- excellent ' lecture of Mr Bowron’s on cheese and butter making (as published by your Christchurch morning contemporary) delivered at Christchurch, under the auspices of the Agricultural and Pastoral Association, and ho .doubt i there has been particular notice taken also of theLsoobonusofferedby the Government for twenty-five tons of good potted butter suitable for shipment. It is really difficult to over-estimate the importance of our natural resources and local industries; for many years I have entertained the idea, yea more, had most sanguine expectations, that this country would make butter and cheese leading articles of export, and it appears the whole country is now waking up to the fact, for it is very evident that it may prove a source of immense wealth to the whole of New Zealand, this district sharing largely in it. I have only just heard that one lot of 50 kegs I sold for shipment last season arrived in'England in a very;fair condition, but lam not yet aware if resulting in j profit to the shipper. Should the exporting prove in every way a success, I shall . be glad to give the benefit of my experience to the general public, and if in a year or two the price should be raised, say twopence to threepence per lb in the plentiful season, by a demand for shipment, consider what an immense silm extra would be circulated amongst us. It is a well known fact that the supply has’of late greatly exceeded the demand for home consumption, hence we must find an outside market for. it, and yet it is very evident that there is not sufficient of a first-rate article produced. As your leading article of the 27th ult. remarks, a “ difficulty is often experiencedin obtaining a really good pound of butter free from a decided manufactured taste.” The comparison made with Dunedin I think hardly fair, for I am bold to assert we have butter made in this district that will compare favorably with any produced in New Zealand, and having had twenty-seven years experience in buying, salting, and shipping butter, I claim to have an opinion on the subject. But why should there not be a much larger quantity of the first rate kind produced 1 No doubt before long some of our more enterprising farseeing farmers will perceive the necessity of co-operation and establishing, dreameries, but in the event of them not starting for a season or two, cannot our present appliances be turned to better advantage. It is a well-known fact that there is com-
paritively a small proportion * f i best class produced, although but to.. our dairy friends will admit tl" but surely the public must have !■ '-oi this matter, who will always serk foi • 1 - particular brands, and a constant rein ' k is, that they do not mind paying a I' >v pence extra for the very best. r J be same remark applies to Christchurch, Dunedin, Timaru, and Oamaru. One of the largest Dunedin grocers told me, not long since, he was giving threepence per pound extra for the best counter butter, and that he was overdone with second and third class : butter which had to be. potted and then when sold, perhaps give a bad name to the colony. It is well-known that hundreds of kegs get rejected and are 'sent to the soap boiler. But why should this be ? Why should we not take one of the first places in the world for bur dairy produce? No doubt our annual' Agricultural Shows have done much to encourage a praiseworthy emulation amongst the buttermakers. Might I suggest strict attention to the five points in Mr Bowron’s lecture, viz., situation of dairy, cleanliness, abundance of cold water, cream taken off young, as frequently' as possible. And another remark I may make, have a concrete or stone floor in'the dairy, if possible; also avoid an’ iron roof, and by no means allow anything to be kept in the diary, the smell of which would be likely to 'affect the cream. ! If potting, have well Seasoned casks, and keep the air from the butter. Deeming the vast importance of this subject a warrant for enlarging this, and apologising for the length of this letter.— l am, &c., T. R. Hopper.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 335, 4 May 1881
DAIRY PRODUCE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 335, 4 May 1881
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