THE MEAT AND PRODUCE TRADE.
OUR GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR’S REPORT. WELLINGTON, September 15. Mr Cameron, the Government inspector of produce in London, reports on August G that the New Zealand sheep coming forward are not suitable for trade, and River Plate sheep are going into consumption. What is wanted are carcatses from 501b to 601b, not 701b or over. The inspector says it is very disappointing year after year to supply information and find that no trouble is ever taken to act upon it. Year by year wholesale prices get lower and the demand does not increase. Far more energetic measures will have to bs taken in New Zealand if we want to keep the trade. The lambs also are much too heavy, and are being sold ia the West End' as finest English mutton. Respecting butter, Mr Cameron says that the great thing wanted is regularity of shipment. The losses through this have been enormous. Even if freight were higher butter ought to be shipped by the regular mail steamers and not by cargo boats. Owing to American competition the price of cheese is not expected to be nearly so high this season.
The inspector complains of the way produce is handled in London. No attempt is made to secure meat against the effects of weather. To his suggestion to put awnings over the place where the work was going on he was told that it was impossible. The mu‘.ton is landed on the wharf, laid on hot concrete, and wheeled in barrows to the barges.
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THE MEAT AND PRODUCE TRADE., Evening Star, Issue 10420, 15 September 1897