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"Mr Waymouth, secretary to the: Canterbury Frcaen Meat Company, who has jaat returned from a trip to England,, in the course of an interview by a 'Lyttolton Times' representative, «aid: He wa» agree* ably surprised at the manner in which our mutton was put on thn London market,'its appearance being much better than he had been led to expect, whilst still, however, leaving room for improvement. This improvement might be expected when proper landing and sorting sheds were provided. When he left London the dock companies were quite prepared to erect them, the only stumblingblock beiDg the jealousy aroused amongst the meat salesmen who, were interested in np-town stores by the dock companies proposing to make no charge on meat subsequently stored ,with,them, and a heavy charge on meat stored elsewhere. Upon his arrival he found the New Zealand Shipping Company energetically working for these stores, and he made it his business to induce others interested to join in furthering the scheme. Tho stores proposed would be erected at a convenient sight at the docks, and would have « capacity of 200,000 carcassee, whilst there would be berthing accommodation for four boats at a time. The present storage arrangements could never bo satisfactory, as on account of the large number of different consignments which weie in the same store the doors were constantly being opened for the receipt and delivery of small lines, and thus an even temperature could not be maintained, and the. meat therefore suffered to a greater or less extent. While in London he was present at an inspection of a trial shipment of frozen sheep from the New South Wales Government experimental farm. The sheep were all from merino ewes, but the rams included Southdowhs, Shropshires, Oxfords, Cheviots, Lincolns,, and Leicesters. The unanimous opinion of those inspecting the carcasses was that, though good, they in no way approached the North Canterbury brands as to quality. Mr Waymouth expects to have, by next mail, copies of the detailed reports .upon the different crosses, whioh he will hand to the ProBS for publication. With regard to the River Plate mutton, the export of frozen sheep was decreasing, whilst at the same time the shipments of live sheep were increasing. He saw some of the sheep alive, and they looked wasted and dry. The frozen carcasses he saw in the market certainly looked very well, and their appearance was quite equal to that of some New Zealand brands ; but, as to eating qualities, the mutton couldi not approach the Canterbury article, and he was assured that the climate there would never allow of the quality approaching oursr Mr Fitter, of the LeadenhaU Market, and other persons who could speak with; authority assured him that at least 90 cent, of our meat was sold on its merits, ard we had nothing to fear from outside competition as long as we kept up the standard ; which onr well-known brands-bad attained. Mr Waymouth considers that the engineers' strike has a great d,eal to do with ,tlje lowprices ruling for New Zealand mutton, as it has reduced the purchasing-power of a very" large number of. persons who consume but products. Mr Waymouth alsovißited Liverpool, Manchester,; and- Glasgow. At air these cities he found the general opinion to be" that there "was no likelihood of any great I demand for New Zealand mutton, as it was considered too fat for these markets, where nothing but the very leanest of meat would sell, and the meat which he saw hanging in the shops there he describes as more like Jaoterns than sheep.

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THE FROZEN MEAT INDUSTRY., Evening Star, Issue 10448, 19 October 1897

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THE FROZEN MEAT INDUSTRY. Evening Star, Issue 10448, 19 October 1897