Last year the agricultural food board designated where milk should go, whether to cheese factories or to conden-series. I have had a good many complaints recently from farmers who have had to send their milk to cheese factories. Last fall, when usually a number of factories would be closed, a subsidy was placed on milk for cheese factories, and consequently a number were kept open during the winter months. The complaint that I have from a good many farmers' in my constituency is that the price of milk going to the cheese factories is not comparable with the price of milk going to condenseries. There is a good, deal of dissatisfaction over that and a number of farmers appealed to me just over the week-end, saying that they had applied to the agricultural food board to be allowed to change over from sending their milk to the cheese factory but were refused permission to ship it to the condenseries. I have in my office a table which was prepared over the week-end, showing the difference in the amount the farmer receives according to whether his milk is shipped to a cheese factory or to a condensery. I have not it here because I did not know this item was coming up to-night. If I remember the figures correctly, a man who had twelve or fifteen cows last year showed me by a table that he had lost almost S200 by having to ship his milk to a cheese factory when he could have shipped it to a condensery if the food board had given him permission. On top of that, over the last
several months the condensery plant at Napanee has been shipping a good deal of milk to the city of Toronto for distribution, and all the milk shipped from there to the city of Toronto pays a premium to the farmer of twenty-five cents a hundred. So that the farmers, if they had been allowed to ship the milk to Toronto for distribution, would have benefited to that much greater extent. I appeal to the minister to give this matter consideration, because it is of much concern to the farmers. I should be glad to let the minister have the table I have in my office or present it to the committee at a later stage.