AGRICULTURAL AND PASTORAL ASSOCIATION.
A special meeting of the Association was hold on Tuesday afternoon, at the Somerset Hotel, for the purpose of electing a committee and two auditors in accordance with the Act, the election at the recent annual meeting having been illegal, on account of more committeemen having been elected than the Act allowed. There was a good attendance of members of the Association, and W. C. Walker, Esq., president, occupied the chair.
Mr. Guinness moved that the resolution of the annual meeting appointing a general committee, be rescinded. Mr. Passmore seconded, and the motion was carried.
Air. C. Percy Cox proposed the following gentlemen to form a committee, viz., —-Messrs. E. S. Coster, F. B. Passmore, J. Hunt, F. Guinness, E. Saunders, M. Stitt, J. Grigg, H. T. Smith, E. G. Wright, Leatham, Alayo, W. 11. Gundry, J. Clark, Hugo Friediander, and the mover.
Air. Guinness seconded, and the committee nominated were elected.
Air. J. Hunt proposed Alessrs. Zouch and Curtis as auditors.—Carried.
Air. O. P. Cox brought up a report, with plans and specifications, on cattle and sheep yards on the Association’s reserve, near Saunders’ Bros’, mill. The estimates showed that sheep and cattle yards could he built in blue gum for L 230 18s. Bd., while the same in black pine would cost L4lB 2s. 9d. Mr. Cox stated that if some of the members who could afford it would become life memebers, by subscribing LlO, and the ordinary members paid up their subscriptions, there would not be much difficulty in providing the necessary funds to cany out the work, which would prove a source of great profit to the Association, and should not be allowed to pass by. He was confident if the Association did not erect the sale yards the matter would be taken up by private enterprise. He would strongly urge the Association to take up the matter at once, as good sale yards were much needed, and he would move that the yards be erected. After a good deal of discussion as to the probable returns that might he expected from fees, etc., and as to the advisableness of erecting yards on the Association’s reserve, Air. Guinness moved that the matter be left in the hands of a sub-committee, to bring up a fully detailed report to the general committee. Mr. Passmore seconded, and the motion was agreed to. Air. Cox withdrew his proposition in favor of Air. Guinness’.
Before the meeting adjourned, Mr. Passmore drew the attentioxx of farmers to the very valuable publication, “ The American Agriculturalist,” which he said would be found most useful, and should be in the hands of all practical farmers. A vote of thanks was then passed to the Chairman.
A meeting of the general committee was afterwards held, when Mr. Jameson was re-elected Secretarjn Mr. Guinness proposed that the subcommittee bring up a full report re cattle yards on Friday week, to be submitted to the general committee. Mx’. Wright seconded, and it was carried.
The Secretary stated that he had received two designs for the Association’s seal, but the matter was allowed to stand over.
The meeting then adjourned,
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, 6 May 1880
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