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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 78

Chapter XIV

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Chapter XIV.

The returns of the Agricultural Department for August, 1906, show that there were 77 Butter Factories and 13 Cheese Factories in the district, and that the number of Private Dairies producing butter was 228, which is more than half the total number in the whole Colony (340). The output from these factories varies considerably, but that at Okaiawa turned out 1000 tons of butter this last year, which, with the exception of the "Taieri and Peninsula Milk Supply Company (Ltd.)," which draws its supplies from a vast area in Otago, is the largest in the Colony. The total output of Butter and Cheese from the whole district for the twelve months ending 31st March, 1906, was 161,548 cwt., valued at £695,954. In addition to the figures above, the following table will prove of interest :—
Annual Return of Principal Exports (to Foreign Ports) from Taranaki Ports During Year Ended 31st March, 1906.
Export. New Plymouth Patea Waitara Total Exclusive of Opunake
£ £ £ £
Butter 363591 266763 630354
Frozen Beef 811 69332 70143
Cheese 26222 39378 65600
Wool 1055 21095 35761 57911
Hides and Skins 8060 2868 10928
Frozen Lamb 927 9863 10790
Tallow 605 379 7059 8043
Frozen Mutton 32 7548 7580
Frozen Pork (New Industry) 1965 1965
Miscellaneous, including Leather, Preserved Meats, and Timber 3625 1161 2866 7652
£403,158 £330,546 £137,262 £870,966
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There are Freezing Establishments at Moturoa and Patea, dealing with the whole of the Export Butter and Cheese of Taranaki. Meat Freezing Works are situated at Waitara and Patea.