HC Deb 17 December 1945 vol 417 cc928-9
64. Mr. De la Bére

asked the Minister of Agriculture what steps the Government are taking for 1946 to encourage and ensure the rearing of calves and to prevent the excessive slaughter of calves and young heifers.

Mr. T. Williams

County war agricultural executive committees are actively impressing on farmers the importance of rearing more calves both in their own and the national interest. By arrangement with the Ministry of Food calves sent for slaughter which are considered suitable for rearing, and store cattle which would repay further feeding, are kept back and sold for those purposes wherever there are buyers. Where practicable, county committees purchase such calves for rearing on farms in their possession or for allocation to farmers.

Mr. De la Bére

Since there is still a great deal of slaughtering going on, would it be possible to increase that practice?

Mr. Williams

It is being practised in every county already.