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The Minister for Primary Industry, fr. Anthony, announced today that

he had approved an allocation of $369,339 from the Dairy Produce Research Trust Account for the 1970/71 joint Commonwealth/Industry dairy research

programme. This is approximately $52,000 more than the amount approved

last year.

Mr. Anthony sai d that although the costs of undertaking research had risen, so that about 95% of the allocation would be required to maintain those projects already directed at solving iiajor dairy industry

problems, it had proved possible to continue to expand the overall


iphasis will continue to be placed on dairy husbandry problems,

infertility, virus diseases and the development of_- mastitis control pro-grammes" he said. "However the ;present overseas situation for butter sales necessitates a re-evaluation of those dairy farm projects likely

to lead to increased output."

"In' the field of manufacturing research, high priority will be given

to %7 iork leading to improvement in the quality of dairy products. .

"Several new projects concerning the use of insecticides, freeze

drying of milk and improved cheese grading/maturing techniques have been

introduced in support of quality control investigations."

Mr.Anthony said that funds for dairy education had been increased by 50% to $30,000, to cater for an expanded progrenme during the 1971 academic year and to provide greater training opportux%ities for young

men in the industry.

Funds also had been made available for several market research projects designed to analyse the pattern of household consumption of

butter and margarine and to evaluate consumer preference for selected

dairy spreads.

Mr. Anthony said -the cost of dairy research was met by contributions

from dairy farmers by way of levy and all expenditure incurred in the pro-gramme was matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis by the Commonwealth Government.

"It is to the credit of the dairy industry that, despite their

present difficulties, they recognise the importance of a strong research

effort" Mr. Anthony added.

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