His­tory les­son

Sentinel-Review (Woodstock) - - OPINION -

The column Sup­ply man­age­ment end should be com­mon sense (Aug. 30) ig­nores his­tory.

Be­fore man­aged pro­duc­tion, govern­ment pur­chased and stored large amounts of but­ter and cheese at tax­pay­ers’ ex­pense.

The dairy pro­duce sec­tion in su­per­mar­kets dis­plays an abun­dance of whole­some, safe dairy prod­ucts. Prices com­pare favourably with the prices of other foods and con­sumer ser­vices.

Early adop­tion of new tech­nol­ogy by dairy farm­ers has ben­e­fited all seg­ments of the dairy in­dus­try. China is mak­ing a big in­vest­ment in Canada’s dairy in­dus­try. Per­haps its de­ci­sion is prompted by hav­ing ac­cess to a re­li­able sup­ply of milk.

Crit­ics of sup­ply man­age­ment might think dif­fer­ently if they ex­pe­ri­enced what dairy and egg pro­duc­ers ex­pe­ri­enced five decades ago, very lit­tle for their work, worry and in­vest­ment. Too often it was a sell-it-or-smell-it ex­pe­ri­ence.

Cliff Matthews, Wood­stock

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