Milk Production

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture – in the House of Commons on 10th September 1942.

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Photo of Mr Douglas Clifton Brown Mr Douglas Clifton Brown , Hexham

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware of the anxiety felt as to the possibility that this year's record summer milk production has been obtained at the cost of winter milk; and whether he has any statement to make?

Mr. Hudson:

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.

Brigadier-General Brown:

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?

Mr. Hudson:

I should never venture to predict what the results of the weather in this country are going to be, but if we have a reasonable winter we stand a reasonable chance of getting increased milk production.