Mooting' to Form a Butter and Bacon Factory. About 30 gentleman responded to the invitatioo of Mr Siddells, and met at the Ormondville Library on Friday last,
Mr Groom, who was voted to the chair, explained that the object of meeting there that night was to formulate some practical schemis, somewhat after the lines laid down in Mr Siddells' paper. Mr Siddells said he was afraid that in view of the little interest; shown by the settlers it would be wiser to let the matter drop. He considered _that4f the weather would stop the Norsewood settlers from . coming in, they could not have the matter vital ly . at heart...-. ... Mr Westall thought that as Messrs Ljurigqyist, Bai, and Nicholaised had faced the elements, it would be as well to propound the scheme to them. As Mr Westall was speaking several of the Norsewood settlers entered the room, among, whom were Messrs Wilson, Petterson, Magnu^sen,- and Pastor ;Riea. . ... •:..". Mr Falconer read a letter from Mr W. C. Smith, M.H.R., saying that at the present time the Government dairy expert was down in the southern districts, but he. had received a. promise that he would attend at both Ormondville and Norsewood :to lecture sometime in .October, also that a pamphlet was . being printed by the Government, giving, the .latest information on dairy matters; and when ■printed he would forward a few copies for the use of the 1 Farmers Club.- Apaniphlet bearing' date. 1888" was forwarded for any information that' might be gathered from it* . .. Mr Falconer read portions of the pamphlet bearing on the matter of dairy butter and factory butter, the" latter haying decidedly the best of it. ;.. -, . .•,=.-,-:- ■■:■ Mr -Plank' asked what prospect there was of competing with other i factories. Mr. Falconer said that with a view of getting something tangible, before the meeting, he would, move in .the; opinion of this meeting it is desirable to co-operate and start a butter and bacon factory. With reference to Mr Plank's: question, he was of opinion that;there would be ho difficulty in creating markets for all tb,e produce from this district. Mr Packer said he was decidedly in favor of a co-operative scheme. Mr Hetisbn said that experts bad recognised the fact that butter factories had not paid in the past, but recent experiments had proved effective, so; much so that almost all. of them were paying now. A business man had informed him that New Plyniouth butter was being gold in Napier. A good many of the settlers hereabouts had given up cattle and taken -up sheep. Perhaps some, of these might object . to change, though he could instan 2e a few who had stuck to dairy farming, and had made a good, thing out of it, 'aiid if these sort of men could be prevailed on to co-operate with the others he had no doubt but' that any scheme having for its base co-operation would pay. Rev. Mr Ries was in favor of the motion as ~he , considered ; that the settlers individually and collectively would be the better for it. He knew settlers in Norsewood who had given up cattle and tried sheep, but had gone bank again to cattle as they were considered to pay better. It would need a lot of money and time for the settlers to improve their stock, and that could; only be done by following out the lines of Mr Siddells' paper. He would rather see the butter factory started first, and then after it was found needful, the bacon curing could be started. He was of the opinion that all, or nearly all, the settlers would see the benefit of and support a butter factory. Mr Ljungqvist said that the cost of putting the butter factory in working order would be about £650.; He opined that the money could easily be got together, and the settlers would most certainly join an association of this nature provided that the promoters or provisional conimittee were the class : of men that they had implicit . confidence in. He thought that a nominal, capital of .£2OOO would be sufficient to start with, and £once established it must succeed. As for markets, although this district might be glutted for a time, that could easily be altered, as. shipments could be sent to the British market. He agreed with Mr Ries that it would be wiser to start the butter factory fust, and then if occasion warrants it, a bacon factory could be started after. Ho would . second Mr Falconer's motion provided the question, of bacon . curing was cut out of it. Mr Falconer said he would do so, and the altered motion was put and carried unanimously. Mr Falconer thought that would be sufficient capital to call up at the preseut time. Mr J. T. Wilson suggested that a portion of the shares could be milk shares, that was to say, an intending member wanting two shares at £o each could pay one of them in money and supply milk to the factory to the value of the call. Mr Petterson said it was a go^d idea, as then it would not be necessary to call up so much capital, as the payments for milk would be very much reduced. Mr Siddells said that he was under the impression that those who were making the home butter pay now would have to join ultimately for their own protection, as butter from the factory would undoubtedly receive the preference. Mr Falconer suggested that the capital be £2000 in 400 shares of £5 each, and that the amount called up be 5s on application, 5s on allotment, 10s in three months, and IQs in six months. ; Rer. Mr Ries thought that although the butter factory was to be started first, yet the improvement of stock and bacon curing should not be left out of sight. After somo discussion Mr Westall proposed and Mr J. T. Wilson seconded, that an. association be formed having for its obiect the estaDlishment of a butter and bacon factory, to be incorporated and worked in conjunction with Mr Siddells' scheme.— -Carried. Mr Ljungqvist moved, and Mr Mr Petterson seconded, that it be called the " Bush Farmers Co-opera-tive Association." Mr Siddells moved and Mr L. Wright seconded, that the following gentlemen be appointed a provisional directorate, with power to add to their number, viz,, Messrs, R. R. Groom, G. Henson, C. Leach, T. Packer, L. Falconer, O. Norbye, Ljungqvist, H. P. Mortensen, Julius Hansen, J. Petterson, H. I. Bai, P, Magnussen, J. T. Wilson, A. Wright, H, P. Pedersen, and J. Lochhead, and that the money be invested j
in the names= r of three trustees, the meeting present guaranteeing that the expensesTpf canvassing, etc., be paid if the company be not formed, and' pledging themselves in the event of the floating of the company being a failurerto return the shareholders their money "in full. It was decided to divide' the committee into two portions, Njorsewood and QrinqndviUe, ? .the- .residents of each to/iattand^ ajbd k\fuft meeting could be held afterwards "to'Vefiort. The. usual vpte^ot thanks.^to.tJi^ r^ chair closed the meeting.
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