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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 76

Frozen Meat

Frozen Meat.

With reference to the outlet for frozen meat, I would specially direct attention to the advantages New South Wales shippers enjoy over consignors from this colony.

The preferential tariff recently adopted by Canada gives 25 per cent, reduction on the present duty of 35 per cent, in favour of New South Wales exports. This is a heavy handicap on New Zealand produce, and some agreement might with advantage be effected by which this embargo could be removed.

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The superior quality of New Zealand frozen meat is generally admitted, and buyers are willing to purchase regular shipments of crossbred mutton and lamb, also ox-tongues and sheeps' kidneys.

One wholesale butcher at Vancouver offered to take ten thousand carcases of frozen mutton and lamb in five months, deliverable in shipments of two thousand each, providing the prices, c.i.f., Vancouver, duty paid, did not exceed 3½d. per pound for mutton (carcases weighing 55 lb. to 60 lb. each); lamb, 5d. per pound (carcases weighing about 30 lb. to 35 lb. each).