APRIL 13, 1938
Dairymen Profit By High Prices Paid For Butterfat
Fairview Creamery, under the management of E. S. Illsley, has been able to render a greater service to the farmers and dairymen of Western Kings this year by virtue of the greatly increased price of butterfat. Not since 1929, when an all-time high was reached, has the price of butterfat been so high as it has been the past winter. Last week the price was 37c. which is 20% higher than last year at this time. With such conditions prevailing there is a much brighter outlook for the dairy industry and the returns to the farmers are limited only by the amount of cream they can produce. Stocks of butter are still low and in all probability fairly high prices will be maintained for some time to come. Last year Fairview Creamery produced upwards of a quarter of a million pounds of butter without reaching is capacity output and with prevailing high prices as an incentive to farmers to produce more cream, this years business at the Creamery should reach a new high.
Testing of the cream when received from the farmers is very carefully done in order to ensure correct returns to the shippers. Each can of cream is weighed on a government tested and certified scale and then a proper test is made of the cream and a record posted. A return is made to the shipper when the carrier returns for the next shipment and every effort is made to give a satisfactory service. A regular schedule of collections is made by two trucks and this winter there has been very little interruption in the service. It was not until the roads were closed, while the frost was coming out, that it was found necessary to collect the cream with horse-drawn vehicles.
The plant of this creamery is up-to-date with modern equipment housed in a commodious building. Two pastuerizers of 1,700 pound and one churn of 800 pound capacity are used and usually two churnings are made each day. In the manufacture of butter every care is taken by the Creamery to have it of uniform quality. All utensils used are kept scrupulously clean; even the rotary pump, which is used to transfer cream from the pastuerizers to the churn, is made a sanitary material and is taken apart after each churning and sterilized. After printing the butter is packed and placed in the refrigerator until shipped twice a week.
Last year chocolate dairy drinks and "Green Spot" orangeade were marketed by Fairview Creamery, which found a ready sale. The district covered by this service is to be extended this year and a considerable increase in output is anticipated. New machinery has been installed including a bottle washer and an automatic bottler. The latter fills and caps the bottles. Deliveries of these nourishing and tasty drinks, which are absolutely pure, are made every two days. They are placed on the market direct from the refrigerator packed in ice to maintain the same temperature while being transported to the dealer.
Fairview Creamery is one of Berwicks thriving industries and not only provides a certain amount of employment but renders a valuable service to the farmers of the surrounding country by taking care of their products and ensuring them a profitable return.
OCTOBER 18, 1939
Fairview Creamery Well Equipped For Increased Production
Fairview Creamery, one of Berwicks thriving industries under the management of E. S. Illsley, is well equipped for increased production to meet any special demand for dairy products during the war period. When interviewed by a Register representative Mr. Illsley stated that prices for butterfat are rising and production increasing.
Following a period of record high prices, production was increased, but with a smaller export volume large stocks were carried in storage in Canada resulting in prices becoming greatly reduced. During the past year production has been about fifteen per cent lower in the Berwick district, due no doubt to the poor hay crop and lower prices for butterfat.
Prospects are bright for good business for dairy farmers during this season. Butterfat is now priced at 29 cents and rising, which is 9 cents higher than the lowest point reached a few months ago. While stocks in Canada are still large there is no surplus in Nova Scotia and dairymen could greatly increase their production before the provincial market would be satisfied. With the probability of large shipments being made overseas, prices will no doubt increase. It is not expected however, that prices will reach the record high of 1938 as the British government has regulated the London price and the Wartime Prices Board is expected to standardize Canadian prices.
The plant of Fairview Creamery is up-to-date with modern equipment and last year produced in the vicinity of a quarter of a million pounds of butter without reaching its capacity. With the excellent prospects of fair prices and the call of the country to the patriotic duty of production by the farmers, the contribution of this creamery to food needs of the Empire should retain a high point.