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Poultry Cholera Disease.—This disease is-, now prevalent. It is a disease of the liver and intestines, a typhoid or intestinal fever,, which ends in gangarene. Ttie fowls sit about, turn yellow about the head, void green or yellow matter and do not eat... There is no cure; the disease is very infections, and the best way is to kill every sick fowl as soon as it is discovered. Remove the well birds to a fresh place, that is clean, dry, and airy, and feed them on boiled wheatwith a small tablespoonful of fine, dry lime stirred in the mess for each dozen fowls. Wood Ashes.—The value of ashes as a fertiliser depends principally upon the potash, and phosphoric acid they contain. The percentage of these varies largely, in acids from different woods, varying from 10 per cent, to 24 per cent, for the former, and 4 per cent, to 12 per cent, for the latter. This would give not far from four to five pounds of potash to ordinary mixed unleached ash e s which, reckoned at 4J per cents pound—the present value of potash in the commercial fertilisers—would give the value of a bushel as from 18 to 22J cents. With due allowance for the phosphoric acid and the lime the latter making up the largest part of the ashes—it may seem that a bushel of unleaohed ashes is worth from 25 to 30 cents at the present time. The National live stock Journal, published at Chicago, has a communication from a well-known American auctioneer of Shorthorns, who reports that although prices had ruled low, “ he had sold more Shorthorns to beginners, and that more buyers had paid in cash for their purchases than he had previously done in any three years; in an experience of twenty-five years." Anotherfavourable symptom of a soumlitrade is reported, in that the hulls fetched on the average within a' ' a few shillings of the average price for the cows. ■This seems to have been about L 23 per head for--3028 cattle of all ages, from calves upwards. He adds, “ Many of .them were very plainly and only fti to bred, “use for crossing purposes^. Docks are very dirty birds in a house and need; to have considerable room. A flock of thirty wilt require a house front 12 x 12 feet, which should be so made that it can bo easily cleaned out,: Nest places ..should be provided on the.groundhidden by a frame around three sides, ;’

A Clydesdale mare which recently gained the prise at Perth, Scotland, has been fosnd to hare 'raise her forelegs ' ■

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 105, 27 May 1880

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Untitled Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 105, 27 May 1880