§ Brigadier Rayner
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that, owing to the difficulty of breeding last winter, there is an unusually high proportion of dry cows in dairy herds; and whether he will consider making an allowance of rations to feed them.
§ Mr. T. Williams
No statistics are available of the proportion of dry cows in dairy herds at the present time compared with those at the corresponding dates in previous years. If a dairy farmer is in need of feedingstuffs because the proportion of dry in-calf cows in his dairy herd is abnormally high he may apply to his county war agricultural executive committee for an allowance from the reserve of feedingstuffs available for distribution at the discretion of the committee. I regret that supplies of feedingstuffs are not sufficient to enable me to make any further allowances for cows at present.