Yes, Sir, but I am glad to say that this suggestion seems to be ill-founded. The increased milk production this summer has been obtained from some 50,000 fewer cows in milk than there were during the corresponding period last year. On the other hand the returns now available indicate a notable increase in the number of cows and heifers due to calve this Autumn. This is welcome evidence that many dairy farmers have, in response to the Government's wishes, made preparations for increased winter milk production.
Is the Minister aware that this month and next month, when the root crop has not come in, there will be a certain seasonal shorttage, and does he think we shall be able to keep up our supply next winter?