COLONIAL BEEP AT HOME.
Mr E. H. Godsal, of Manaia, who is on a visit to London, has written to a friend, who has permitted the ‘Hawera Star’ to publish extracts from it. The following particulars respecting the frozen meat sent Home will be read with interest. He writes ;
Mr Daniels went with me to the Central Meat Market, Smithfield, and introduced me to Messrs Fitton and Son, who sell for the Loan Company. Mr Fitton had a fore and hind quarter of my beef exposed for sale, as arranged by Mr Daniels, so that I might seo it. It looked excellent in every way, and of the primest quality. Mr Fitton remarked : “ That’s the sort of beef to send, not too large, but well fattened and well bred, too.” “ How do you know it is well bred?” I asked. “Look how low down the legs the meat comes,” he replied. “Now, this is not so good,” and ho took hold of a quarter of a much older bullock sent by a shipper whom you know very well—“it is larger and coarser, and therefore not so desirable as yours.” I heard subsequently that this forequarter of mine sold at 2-3 4d per stone of 81b, or 31-d per lb, and tho hind quarters 3s 2d per stone, or 4Jd per lb, the hind weighing 1771b, and the forequarter 1991b. I asked Mr Fitton how it is that our meat does not realise prices more nearly approaching tho price of English meat. •‘Well,” he said, “the butchers don’t like it; the frnat bursts the fibres of the meat, and when it is thawed tho blood and juices run out, discoloring the meat and fat, and making a mess of the shop. Your beef looks splendid now, but after being exposed in | this temperature for a couple of days it will j look very different. This applies especially j to the beef; the mutton is not so much ' affected, and keeps its color better, and , there is not so much drip from it. Also the I market for your beef is governed by the sup-, plies of American beef. If that is plentiful your prices will always be low ; the butchers prefer the American as it has not been frozen, merely chilled.” I have mentioned some objections to our beef from the butchers’ point of view, as stated by Mr Fitton. I have since been able to take the consumers’ view of it. I had some 301b of it sent down here, a portion of it being cooked for my host’s table, who said that he had never seen finer beef in his life. He said: “It makes me quite melancholy to think that you can place such splendid beef hero at such a low price; what is to become of us farmers !” He is himself a producer of the very finest beef, his yearly sale some years ago, when I was here, averaging L 25 per bullock. I must add that I myself never tasted finer beef. It is all bosh to say —as some wise people in New Zealand say—that our New Zealand beef has not tho flavor of the English. The beef was taken out of the stores in London on Monday, came down 200 miles to this place, was cooked on Thursday, and some as late as Friday, and was then perfectly fresh, though this hj midsummer, of course. I gave some to two or three old friends of mine, working men mi this farm. They were delighted with tho meat, and one of them told me that after eating tho meat he had made excellent soup from the hone ; this was six days after it had left the stores.
I should have sent you by this mail full accounts of tho sale of my cattle, showing the amount of every charge since they left my paddock, but I only received the accounts to-day, and there appears to be some error in the weights, or the cattle grew heavier on their way Home, and I must refer to the Lo.m Company, and the mail goes to-night. I will only now say that, after charging every item and tho price of the eighteen bullocks at L 4 per head —which you know ia more than I gave for those which I bought a fortnight before shipping —rim,vo a net profit in hand of L 29 7s 4d ; or, if I enlv charge the paddock cost of seventeen bullocks—one having died in the truck going to Wellington—the se.venteen netted just a trifle under L2 per head. I wish I had shipped 100.
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COLONIAL BEEP AT HOME., Evening Star, Issue 8027, 2 October 1889
COLONIAL BEEP AT HOME. Evening Star, Issue 8027, 2 October 1889
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