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In conversation with a "Guardian" reporter a Canterbury farmer, who has had a long experience in dairying, said that the home separator was responsible for the 'condemnation of some shipments of New Zealand butter sent to America, 'through-the presence of boric acid. He added that dairy farmers who lived any distance from the railway line could not send their cream to the factory more than three or four times weekly, and during the very hot weather* in times of norwesterlies, it became necessary for the farmer, in order to counteract tho acidity in the cream, to uso bi-carbon-ate of soda or some other preservative. When this cream arrived at the factory it simply meant that the factory managers had to use a certain amount or preservative .to further counteract tho acidity and prevent fermentation setting in. But even if no. extra preser-, vative was used at the factory. , thef small quantity put in by the .farmer would be traceable on the arrival ot the butter in America, and so it would be condemned. The only way, in his opinion, to prevent this was to revert to ' the creamery system. When tho milk was delivered daily, _ there was no need at all for preservatives. Talking of the benefit likely to accrue to New Zealand dairymen through exporting to America, he saidj that the possibilities wore groat, and, the prices were better than those obtainable on the London market, but the dairymen could not reap, the full benefits of exporting to the States until the conditions were altered. At present small factories .could not export to America satisfactorily, as they had to purchase space previously, and would have to pay for it, whether they could fill- it or not. It was all right for largo exporters, who could purchase- a large amount of .space.', But this method did not permit of the dairy farmer gaming the most fov his output, as tho exporter, to fill his space, offered certain prices to settlers. These, no doubt, were'as good as those that would bo obtained on the Londbn market, but there might possibly be a considerable â– profit over the price paid the farmer for his product. He was of opinion that the matter should be- brought before Parliament, with a view,'to having suitable legislation framed to control butter export and the purchase of spneo on ships trading from the Dominion.

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BUTTER EXPORT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8813, 9 March 1914

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BUTTER EXPORT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8813, 9 March 1914

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