Story: Government and agriculture

Butter label

Butter label

Sales of early New Zealand butter in England were hampered by its tainted flavour, so the Dairy Division of the Department of Agriculture set out to educate farmers on improving hygiene. Processors of export butter had to be registered, and all butter and cheese exports were tested before being shipped. Making butter boxes from native kahikatea wood helped improve the flavour, as the timber did not affect the taste of the butter.

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Tony Nightingale, 'Government and agriculture - Formation of the Department of Agriculture', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 January 2022)

Story by Tony Nightingale, published 24 Nov 2008