The price of our cheese, as I have always understood, was fixed by the British Food Board on a basis which gave our producers two cents a pound more than that paid by the board for the total cheese output of New Zealand. At the same time, the definite and substantial price that was paid for our cheese had its effect, I
believe, in encouraging our farmers to put on their farms every cow they could carry. To what extent that influenced the export of cheese, I am not prepared to say. On looking at the figures I find that our exportable surplus of butter was greater last year than it was in any year of the war, but I believe our cheese exports have fallen.