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One of the most progressive schemes put in motion for a number of years appears to be assured in Akaroa, namely the formation of a co-operative butter factory For some years Mr Geo, Armstrong has tried to induce Peninsula farmers to start a local bacon factory and give up the present j system whereby the Christchurch dealers control our market and make tbe Peninsula farmer buy pigs when they are most dear and sell them in tbe cheapest market. Though the matter has been well ventilated and it ha 3 been proved that we send away £3000 a year from the Peninsula in bacon and butter, tbe old system has been continued here all this long period. Several residents have been considering this matter seriously, and have decided te keep that portion of the money spent in butter in the district. The proposal is to form a company with -the idea of local manufacture of butter. Tbe suppliers will sell their cream, which must be home separated, to the company at prices equivalent to the rates payable in Christchurch.

At the preseut time 400 cows are promised. We believe that this num ber will ba increased materially, when residents realise how profitable it will be for tbem to milk even a few cows. After the cream has been taken out, the skim milk can be used for feeding pigs and calves. Another point which calls for remark is the saving of drud gery to the farmers who are now en gaged in home cheese making. These men will benefit most by the opening of the new factory. Also, the carriage of the cream is a small matter compared with the carriage of miik to a cheese factory, and many people living in out of the wao parts of the district will find no hardship in bringing down their cream—say, three times a week. The company is to ba formed with a capital of £2000, and every attention is being given to the purchase of a most up to-date plant, We believe a Government dairy expert will visit Akaroa in a few days' time to advise the Company as to building, etc The shares bave been taken up enthusias tically, and. we understand, tbe neces sary capital has been subscribed.

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AKAROA BUTTER FACTORY., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4373, 20 February 1914

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AKAROA BUTTER FACTORY. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4373, 20 February 1914

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