§ 51. Mr. Price
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he will consider summoning a conference of the breed societies, the Royal Agricultural Society, the Milk Marketing Board and the war agricultural executives, with a view to drawing up a plan for improving the breed of livestock, and more particularly, for raising the milk yield of dairy cattle while maintaining a healthy stock and without too much reference to show points.
A plan for the improvement of livestock breeding, with special reference to raising the standard of our commercial dairy cattle, was put before county war agricultural executive committees and the farming community last year. Good progress in the execution of this plan has been made in a number of counties. I have also had a conference with the breed societies on the contribution which they can make in carrying out this policy. Further ideas for improving the efficiency of livestock production are now being examined in consultation with representative livestock breeders and technical experts. This method of approach should achieve the hon. Member's object.