The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 22
The system of exporting meat by the freezing process to Britain, the great market of the world, will be a means of utilising the resources of the Southland district which till recently could not have been anticipated. It opens out a prospect of a certain market for tat stock, especially sheep, that will be both steady and permanent. It is doubtless true that the trade and the machinery at present employed are only in their infant stage, and that very great improvements will be made in many details both in connection with the economical working of the machinery on the voyage, and in the arrangements for distributing the meat amongst consumers throughout Britain. But the principle of freezing meat and maintaining it fresh and sweet for human consumption has been tested and proved, and, as the trade is developed, the risks of loss by imperfect machinery or unsuitable ships will be greatly diminished. To the sheep farmer the system offers a guarantee that his surplus stock will find a ready market at a price which should indace him to maintain his flocks at the highest carrying capacity of his land.