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MILK SUPPLY.

[TO THE EDITOB, " GUABDIAN."] Sir, —Kindly allow me a few lines in answer to "Supply and Demand's" letter of the 29th, who seems very much concerned about tho Ashburton milk supply, and knows so much about! dairying and the ease of it, even to col- j lecting the cheque. Why does he not ] start a dairy and supply milk at 5d per j quart and butter at lid per lb, and I see what his cheque will be at the end of the year 'f Before the war started 1 paid Is 9d per lb for butter, and no one said I was charged too much. I make butter and charge Is 5d per lb., and I am not making union wages at 1 it. So "Supply and Demand" is missing the chance of his life by not starting a da/ry at once. The town people seem to be able to keep up picture shows and attend horse races, etc., but they begrudge to pay a fair wage to the producer who works from 14 to 16 hours per day, and eight or nine hours on Sunday. I say, let the producer just work union hours and get union pay and then we will see who has got the best end of the stick. The farmers were told a while ago there was plenty of labour if they would pay for it; now there is plenty of milk if the people will pay for it. If a railway servant does not get what he wants, he goes, or says he is_ going, on strike. So why not the milkman or anyone else? * 'Supply and Demand" says the cream is shipped off to Christchurch for the fraction of a penny prolit. The, reason I left the Ashburton factory was that in November, 1918, I got a 37 test. From that test I made 6lbs, 12ozs of butter-fat from 181bs of cream well stirred before taking it out of the can. In December, 1918, 1 screwed in the regulating screw to make the cream thicker. 1 well stirred the cream and weighed .out 181bs. From that I made 81b Bozs of butter. At the factory my test was only 37. Then I carefully weighed the cream. For sixty lbs of cream I was credited for fifty-four. So is it any wonder the cream is shipped on to Christchurch ? 1 am making more out of my cows making buttel ai Is 5d per lb than sending the cream to the Ashburton factory for what they call Is 5d per lb. Moreover, when I pointed out to the man at the factory what I then thought to be a mistake about the test and weight of the cream, he said his weight and test was right, and it 1 was not satisfied the best thing 1 could do was to take my cream somewhere else, a thing he had no right to say. FAIR PJjAx.

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MILK SUPPLY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9576, 3 April 1919

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MILK SUPPLY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9576, 3 April 1919

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