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A shortage of slaughtermen is seriously affecting the meat industry in Canterbury, and through it the farmers of the district.

Influenza and other circumstances have prevented the usual number of slaughtermen coming to New Zealand from Australia this season. It is the .practice for slaughtermen to .complete their work in the North Island and come to Canterbxiry in ample time to take up slaughtering h-ere. This is made possible by the. fact that the Canterbury season, ns a rul< 5, is- a ..few weeks behind the North Island season. This year, the North Island season is late, and overlaps the Canterbury sea- | son. Slaughtermen, therefore, are stavimr in the North Island just now, and the Canterbury freezing companies find it impossible to 'obtain sufficient j hands to slaughter all the sheep and cattle that are being sent in. One ! company has absolutely declined to !-slaughter cattle at present, using all I'thi? available hands for sheep. The shortage is reflected on the I farms, and farmers are being put to j much., inconvenience and to some uni necessary expense. ..

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MEAT INDUSTRY, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9589, 17 April 1919

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MEAT INDUSTRY Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9589, 17 April 1919

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