BUTCHERS AND GRAZIERS.
\ stock m&umscE. - AGKEGnLTUEAiL ASSOCIATIONS - -'..; v ....... action. . ', -;-•- For some, time past, buyers; of =sto_k_ and more particularly the butchers, have been protesting that they are oiot .suffi* ciently protected: in the matter of j>ur« chases in the .sale yard, .and there has been a- movement' afoot to introduce! .the system prevailing in Sydney, whereby the butchers would be indemnified' to a greater extent against Tosses incurred! through the action of tbe Government inspectors in .condemning stock iihoughti at the time of jmrchase io be quite fit for human consumption. ;j -
The Auckland Master Butchers' Association, has held a meeting, and gonar thoroughly into the matter, and it has been finally decided by them "that tie entire management of the eondemnedl stock insurance fund shall be in, the, bands of the Butchers' Association only. They have further decided that the feea payable should'be Bd. per' head for eacbi ox (4d: by- the seller,; and _d. by the buyer); for e_ch beifer, 1/2 per head (7d. by the seller and 7d. by the buyer) ;; and for each,cow, stag, or bull, irrespective of age,. 2/-, per head (I/- by seller, and l/r by buyer). It was also finally decided, that' the auctioneers should! mierely collect the. fees ajjd, pass them over, to the secretary of the Butchers* Association... . ... , . -
This decision on the part-of the master butchers was referred to at this morning's meeting of the Auckland Agricultural Association, -when the president, Mr. Isaac Gray, stated be and several other members of the. committee had at-tended-the Master Butchers' Association's meeting, and the."arrangements then made •in regard to," the" condemned stock insurance fund were explained. He was asked what the Agricultural' Association intended doing in regard to the matter, and ""replied that he could make no definite statement until the question had been considered by his committee.. Ha thought it was desirable that a meeting of the. graziers and" others interested in the sale of stock should be called to consider the matter, which was one of importance. The master butchers desired to have the new arrangement put into operation in May, and. seemed determined to follow some course of action, as they had had a loss or two lately. The Waikato ' going, into the question, and he suggested that a meeting of graziers and others should be held in Auckland on Friday'week to consider the matter! ' •'..'-'•
M r - Scott said that if the graziers were willing to give way on this point of insurance, he considered the butchers should give way to them on the question of buying stock by weight. It was quite time that such a system was introduced, ,Mr. .Gray replied that it could not yet be said that' tlie farmers -werft willing to give way on this point. The question of buying stock by .weight could be considered at the meeting he proposed they should call. _..
It was decided to call a meeting for Friday week to go into the matter. 5 '
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