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Mr Clifton, cattle inspector, has submitted to the Minister of Lands his report on the Wellington dairies. Eighty-four dairies and 1,738 cows wore inspected. Of this number 985 cows were in good health ; 826, though in good health, were in low condition ; 16 were in doubtful health; and 11 were actually diseased. The water supply for cows was good in 71 cases, middling in 10, and bad in 3. Of the dairies, 42 arc reported as clean, 14 as middling, and 28 dirty. Some of those mentioned as dirty were "simply indescribably so, crwa wading through filth and then being milked with their udders dripping with filth." The water fur dairy use is generally fairly good, but in several instances the water is drawn from almost stagnant creeks. In three cases at least the manure drained into such creeks, and no other water was provided for washing cans, etc. Mr Clifton says lie cannot connect the presence of typhoid fever in Wellington with the milk supply, but adds that the conditions under whbli this milk i 3 brought into consumption should be improved, lie recommends systematical supervision of the milk supply. Dr Martin's report on a certain dairy in Karori waa brought up at the City Council, aud disclosed a scandalous state of neglect and filth a watercloset and piggery adjoining the cow stalls, which were several inches thick with dung The Mayor, in speaking to the report, Baid the Premier had promised to bring in a Bill this session empowering local bodies to inspect dairies, and charge fees for the inspection of the same.

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INSPECTIN OF WELLINTON MAMIES., Issue 7993, 23 August 1889

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INSPECTIN OF WELLINTON MAMIES. Issue 7993, 23 August 1889

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