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BUTTERFAT IN N.Z. 29 PER CENT IN FOUR YEARS P.A. GISBORNE, this day. The extent to which the production of butterfat in New Zealand has declined during the war is indicated in a statement by the secretary, Mr. J. H. Sunderland, at the annual meeting of shareholders of the Kia Ora Dairy Co.

In 1940-41, said Mr. Sunderland, the total butterfat production of New Zealand was 183,567 tons. In the following season the figure fell to 171,752 tons and in the 1942-43 season to 157,989 tons. The figures for 1943-44 were not available, but on an export basis there was a substantial percentage loss. In 1941-42 the production for export was 9.419 per cent lower than in 1940-41, in 1942-43 the decrease represented 12.522 per cent, and in 1943-44 a further fall of 6.754 per cent occurred. The total fall over the four-year period was approximately 29 per cent. Though it was logical to assume that domestic consumption of butter was very much lower under rationing than in the unrationed years, when the Minister of Finance, Mr. Nash, mentioned recently the increase in export butter it was probable that this was accounted for by the switch from cheese making to butter making with the available butterfat There was a clear indication that the production of the industry was decreasing steadily though in the current season Gisborne was about the only district in New Zealand that had not seasonal conditions favourable enough to show an improvement on last year's figures.

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STEADY DECLINE, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 171, 21 July 1945

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STEADY DECLINE Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 171, 21 July 1945

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