Catlins herd testing

Looking up the Taieri River Gorge. - Otago Witness, 6.8.1919
Looking up the Taieri River Gorge. - Otago Witness, 6.8.1919
Meetings were held at Owaka Valley on Monday night and at Tahatika Valley on Tuesday night for the purpose of considering the advisability of forming cow-testing associations.

At Tahatika an interesting discussion arose on the question of herd testing. Mr Dooley, who has been testing his cows for some time, gave valuable information regarding his experience of testing. He also stated that he had gone in for a pedigree bull without a milking record, and found, to his sorrow, that his herd had deteriorated.

He was now convinced that every farmer must head his milking herd with a purebred sire showing a milking record on both the sire's and dam's side. At Tahatika it was unanimously decided that a cow-testing association be formed. Several present were appointed a committee to meet the Owaka Committee to form a strong committee to organise a cow-testing association for the whole of the Owaka district, making Owaka the central testing station. 

The two meetings were addressed by Mr A. C. Ross, Otago dairy instructor, on the question of the testing of dairy herds. Mr Ross said there was no more important move that our dairymen could undertake to-day than the improving of their dairy herds.

The basis of the dairy industry was the cow, and upon the individual returns per cow depended the income of the dairy farmer.

Considering the very great importance of knowing which of their cows were paying and which were not, it was astonishing that so few farmers in the south had adopted the best principle in connection with the improvement of their herds.

Railway restrictions affect cement

The railway restrictions, caused by the shortage of coal, have now affected more seriously than ever the operations of the Milburn Lime and Cement Company.

The works at Pelichet Bay were closed down yesterday. As showing the importance of the industry it need only be stated that the Milburn Company supplies all the cement required in the whole of Otago and Southland, and also ships large quantities to other parts of the dominion.

The works at Pelichet Bay employed 53 hands, and 44 men were put off yesterday. Thirty-seven of the men are married, and their dependents total 93. The restrictions prevent the company from obtaining the raw material required for the manufacture of cement.

The company puts out from 1500 to 1700 tons of cement per month, and as it is carrying stocks which will last only one month, the plight of builders at the end of that time can easily be imagined unless the restrictions are removed. A fortnight ago the company had to close down its Dunback line works on account of the railway restrictions.

The acting manager of the company (Mr W. W. Mackersy) anticipated what was going to happen, and told his hands at the Pelichet Bay works that they had better endeavour to secure some temporary employment to tide them over till the works could be restarted.

Citizens donate ambulance

The Edith Cavell ambulance having been found somewhat unsuitable in certain ways, a number of citizens, who stipulate that their names are not to be disclosed, subscribed a sum sufficient to purchase a new ambulance.

The ambulance is a particularly fine motor vehicle. The engine is of 35 h.p., and the vehicle is fitted with all the necessary ambulance equipment.

- ODT, 1.8.1919


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