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, +■ ■ Wellington, Ootober 21. GovoiriiTiA-if. h_vn rwooivpirl from tht Agent-General a preliminary report by Prafeesor Long, of Stevenage, England upon the [connection between tho dairy farming industry m this colony and the consumption of duiry produoe m Great Britain, The questions upon whioh the Professor was asked t_i report wore :-— (1) What are the articles of doiry produoe whloh are largely sold m tho British market, and which oan be profitably produced m New Zealand . (2) Assuming that dairy goods of tbe Bame varioty can be produced m the oolony, what means should bo taken to educate farmers and others concerned m the trade, and to induce them to undertake thoir manu~ faoture? Answering the first question, he Bays that from information he has gleaned with regard to temperature, the humidity of _oil, and grass of New Zealand, be h»s no hesitation m expressing tho belief that butter and at least four of the leading variets of cheese could be made with tho most perfect suooess, and be dcllvored m England m condition to compote with the best produce of the kind sold m the market. He deliberately states his belief that New Zealand, by adopting tbe Danish syßtem, could beat the Danes m the quality of their butler. The colony he believes to ba splendidly adapted for cheese-making, but success would depend entirely upon tho proper education of the manufacturing class. This leads up to his reply to tbe seosod question. The best method ho believes of commencing to educate tbe agricultural is first of all to convince tbe Government and looal authorities by unmlatakeable argument ' tha. the particular branch of dairy farming reoommended aftar a mature judgment has been formed means tha greater prosperity of the farmer, and of the colony. Upon the Government being satisfied with the report made to thorn, with a comprehensive statement, prepared by experts or officials, speoially dlreoted to probe tbe question to the bottom, they, would then adopt a popular meana of conveying Blmllar information to tho people. The boat means will be fonnd In descriptive addresses delivered at a few head centres wheae faots should be dealt with, butevery semblance of scientific teaching be shunned. Those addresses should be printed and distributed among farmers with the objeot of enlisting their _nte_est. The effect would probably be that a certain number of persons woule desire to be instructed, and those persons would form tbe nuoleus of the future practloal touching _t«ffof the oolony. Central training stations should be opened ln each island, whloh should be equipped with all the best oppllanoei for scientific and practical dairying. The oost would not be considerable. Persons of both sexes oonld be taught practical butter and cheese making at nominal fe.s, and those willing to undertake the position of teachers might, after examination showing their fitness for work, be educated free Within one year from tho commencement he saw no reason why from forty to fifty expert butter and cheese makers should not be ready for being sent throughout the oolony, fitted by special training for giving demonstrations or leotures or both, ProfesaorJJong regards It as of vital Ira- ■ portanoe 'that the original Instructors should be firat rate men, and also possess [ absolutely practical knowledge. It ia i almost as important that the stations should be well designed and perfeotly ! ) equipped with the required maohlnery and plant. The first oost of the stations and ( their plants would not be considerable, < even supposing It were determined to I keep a herd of cattle at eaoh. Tho sob- i sequent oost would be chit fly confined to the payment of three or four able men engaged to direct the work, and of a ( sin. ll number of working oheeae and a batter makers at comparatively tonsil , t r»t«p gf pay, ' 8

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THE DAIRY INDUSTRY, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1976, 22 October 1888

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THE DAIRY INDUSTRY Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1976, 22 October 1888