FOOD FOR BRITAIN
RABBITS AND HARES
I N.Z. EXPORTS STEPPED UP Parliamentary Reporter. WELLINGTON, this day. Rabbits exported from New Zealand are expected to provide an additional meat meal for over 3,000,000 families in Great Britain this year. This fact was mentioned to-day by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Mr. Parry, who, with officers of his Department, has taken a keen interest in assisting to supplement the> food supplies available to the British people. The Minister also dealt with the success that has attended trial shipments of frozen hares and young goats' meat that have been sent to the Old Country. Before the war the average annual export of rabbits from New Zealand was 1,250,000 carcases. During the early war years tnere was a complete cessation of exports. Although activities to step up supplies of wild meat were commenced only in April of last year, the export figure was increased to 1,750,000 rabbit carcases for the year, and arrangements were put in hand for a greater increase in the following year. Mr. Parry has received' a report from Major G. F. Yerex, technical officer of the Internal Affairs Department, in which it is stated that the number of frozen rabbit carcases exported this year has already passed the 2,000,000 mark. Even though trappers declare that, owing to the weather, it has been the worst trapping season for many years, it is anticipated that the year's total will reach 3,000,000 to 3,500,000 carcases. The number of rabbit-packing works has also increased. Prior to 1944 three were operating for the export trade. This number was increased to four last year, and there are now eight. Organised Hare Drives Mr. Parry said a small trial consignment of frozen hares shipped last year to the British Ministry of Food was so well received that the British authorities had indicated their desire that all available hares be shipped. Hares could not be trapped in numbers like rabbits, the only large-scale method of killing them being by organised drives. The hare-drive season was now on, and Major Yerex reported that, with the impetus given by the establishment of a market overseas, drives were being organised with the following three-fold object:—the ridding of infested districts of the pest, the prck vision of additional meat for the hungry people of Europe, and the raising of funds for patriotic purposes. Although the quantity of shotgun ammunition available was limited, said Mr. Parry, his Department had succeeded in having sufficient made available for a considerable number of drives, and it was possible that the total bag of hares this winter would be 20,000. A trial shipment of 22 tons of young goat meat was also exported to Great Britain last year, said Mr. Parry. It had proved acceptable to consumers, and the price return to farmers and exporters was satisfactory. It was hoped that a worthwhile supply of this meat would be exported in the current year.
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FOOD FOR BRITAIN, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 185, 7 August 1945
FOOD FOR BRITAIN Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 185, 7 August 1945
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