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New Zealand has had a favourable season in the production of meat for export. Details of export killings at freezing works are available up ti Tune 30 which enables a survey to be made of the season in contrast with the results in the previous reason The outstanding point is that meat killed for export this Season has exceeded the previous total by 35,000 tons. ImOTovement has been made, not only m greater avpraee weight per carcase, but m actual numbers of beef, mutton and la wh?n n the d 'price schedules . were being framed prior to the opening of the season, definite encouragement was given to the the^ood heavier carcases, and the gooa results of this revision are to be seen in details of average weights which are given below. To this financial inducement was added the good effect of a favourable season, enabling farmers to maintain stock on the pastures sufficiently long to secure the heavier weights. The greatest advance has been in beef production, the total of 855,000 quarters being double that of the previous season to the same date. Lambs show an increase of 173,246 carcascs, wether mutton 135,718 carcases, and ewe mutton 48,208 carcases. Export killings at New Zealand works to June 30, with the comparative figures in parentheses to July 1, 1944, were as follows:— North Island. —Lambs, 5,722,430 (5 683,024); wethers, 689,286 (569,821); ewes, 1,261,910 (1,363,962). . South Island. —Lambs, 4,886,150 (4 752,310); wethers, 72,992 (56,739); ewes, 727,319 (577,059). Dominion totals are— Lambs, 10 608,580 carcases (10,435,334), wethers. 762,278 (626,560); ewes, 1,989,229 (1,941,021); beef, 850,003 quarters (430,092) The following details of average killing weights for the season, with those of the previous season m parentheses, indicate improvements in each class of stock:— North Island. —Lambs, 34.21 (32 74); wethers, 59.24 (55.66); ewes, 57.15 (53.07). ; South Island. —Lambs, 35.00 (34 61); wethers, 51.04 (49.67); ewes, 53.13 (51.59). , An appreciable amount of beef, and some mutton, has been handled at freezing works since the date of the foregoing returns. The Meat Producers Board states that although it has been necessary to lift a much heavier tonnage of export meat this season, less meat is in cool store at present than at the corresponding date of last year.

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EXPORT MEAT, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 169, 19 July 1945

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EXPORT MEAT Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 169, 19 July 1945

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