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Tuesday, 9 August 1921

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) . - For the information of the Committee I desire to read the following: -

There are not sufficient calf veils obtainable in Australia, for the reason that the dairyman does not as a rule kill all his calves. He invariably keeps the best heifer calves, and if the. price of stock is a payable one he will not kill the steer calves either; and even when he does kill them he will not bother about saving the veils, as the price obtainable for these is so "low.

The cheese industry is largely dependent upon the rennet imported from countries where it is not of such importance to preserve the lives of the calves as it is in Australia. We ought to be very careful before we encourage the unnecessary slaughter of stock, and should also be sure that our cheese manufacturers can obtain rennet of a quality sufficiently satisfactory to enable them to successfully carry on the industry. If we impose a duty of 8s. per gallon it will make the price of the imported rennet prohibitive, and before we agree to such an impost we should be satisfied concerning the quality of the local product, and whether it is wise to encourage the slaughter of stock.

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