§ MR. HALPIN (Clare, W.)
I beg to ask the Vice-President of the Department of Agriculture (Ireland) what action his Department have taken with regard to the analysis of calf meals since his reply to a Question on this subject in August last; will he state whether, in the opinion of the Department, calf meals are extensively sold in Ireland which are inferior in quality and extravagant in price; whether the calf meal "Linko" is still being sold; whether his Department consider this a suitable calf meal; and, if not, what steps it is proposed to take to warn farmers against the use of this and other unsuitable materials during the coming season.
§ MR. T. W. RUSSELL
The Department have continued to examine samples of calf meals submitted to them for analysis by the County Agricultural Instructors; the analyses of these samples 516 show that calf meals are still extensively sold in Ireland which are inferior in quality and extravagant in price. The calf meal, "Linko," is still being imported into Ireland; the Department do not consider this meal to be at all suitable for use with separated milk for calf rearing purposes. Agricultural instructors are now attached to every county, and farmers can obtain advice from them as to the character of the meals which they should use. The Department will continue to examine any meals submitted to them for analysis by these instructors. A placard is again being exhibited at every police barracks in Ireland warning farmers to be careful in their purchase of materials for calf feeding purposes.