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The following business was transacted, after we went to press yesterday, at the meeting of this Association. ELECTION OF OFFICERS. The election of officers for the ensuing year was then proceeded with, and the following were elected : —Mr John Carter, President ; Mr E. S. Coster, Vice-President ; Committee Messrs Bullock, Passmore, J. Hunt, J. Orr, C. P. Cox, H. Friedlander, J. Leatham, Denshire, W. C, Walker, Oliver, John Grigg, J. Hawdon, M. Stitt, and R. Millar. Treasurer, Mr A. Harrison; auditors, Messrs Shury and Curtis. Some further discussion ensued in

reference to the election of some other gentlemen to act on the committee, but it was ultimately resolved not to have a large committee. THE NEXT SHOW. The Chairman said that it was necessary at that meeting to discuss any matters of importance whichmight be brought forward and which affected the interests of the Association. As would be seen by Mr Passmore’sletter, which he had read, a suggestion was made that it was desirable to hold the Ashburton show at a date just prior to the Metropolitan show in Christchurch. The matter was an important one, and should be thoroughly discussed. It was a fact that if the show was held after the Christchurch one, the stock here would be in far better condition ; and it was not doing justice to our district to show stock too early in the season, or to the breeder’s satisfaction perhaps to send stock to an inferior show first. On the other hand, it might suit many exhibitors to have their stock judged locally, before sending them to Christchurch to compete against exhibits there. In Mr Passmore’s absence, he would ask those present to give the matter their earnest consideration.

Mr H. Friedlander thought that very little difference would be made to the stock if the show was held a few days before the Christchurch show. Mr C. W. Purnell said that he thought the show should be held here immediately prior to the Christchurch show, as it was the general feeling outside that it was a bad time to hold it as at present arranged. Those people who went to the Christchurch show did not care to come up here after they had seen that. In reference to the method of awarding first and second prizes, he was of opinion that when only one exhibit was entered in a class, no first and second prize should be given. Last year, in nearly every class for sheep, two prizes had been given, and that in many instances there was no competition. This, he thought, could not be very gratifying to owners. He thought, further, that they should endeavor to hold a flower show on the same day, and if the Ashburton show could be held between the dates of the Tiraaru and Christchurch shows, it would suit much better.

The Chairman said that a difficulty might possibly arise in arranging dates so as not to clash with the Christchurch show. A resolution, talcing the form of a recommendation to the General Committee as to the date of the show, would be the best way to proceed, as they could then arrrango the proper date. Mr Cox agreed with Mr Purnell, and if it could be arranged so as the Ashburton show could be held between the Christchurch and Timaru ones, they might catch the exhibits on their way between the two places. Mr Purnell then moved—“ That it be a recommendation to tho General Committee that the annual exhibition of stock be held, if possible, between the dates of the Timaru and Christchurch shows.” Carried.

A discussion ensued as to the awarding of a first and second prize in classes where there was no competition, Mr VV. Bennison stating that in his opinion the owner who took the trouble to get his stock in good condition was in every way entitled to the double honor. Mr Cox felt sure that the matter of awarding two prizes in any class would not be made by the judges in any class unless the stock were worthy of the honor.

NEW PRODUCE SHED. Mr Gundry said that as a sum of L 23 had been expended in hireing tents for the late show, could not some arrangement be made with the County Council to erect a wooden building on the show ground for the exhibit of produce, etc.? He would move—“ That it be a recommendation to the new Committee that they consider what arrangements can be made to have a shed erected on the show ground for show purposes. ” Carried. Tho Chairman thought that a building could be erected which would answer the double purpose of a grand stand and a shed also ; but as the Society’s lease of the land was only from year to year, the County Council might be communicated with on the matter. Mr Cox and Mr H. Friedlander agreed with the Chairman, and hoped the County Council would gee their way clear to erect a suitable building. PLACE OF MEETING. Mr Harrison considered that the time had come when it was necessary that the Association should have a definite place of meeting. He had been told that a member of the Association had suggested that the meetings should be held at a public-house, and that we should not hold them at any particular house, but give them all “ a turn ” in rotation. (Laughter.) He would suggest that in future a comfortable room be engaged—say the one they were now in—and that every meeting of the Association be held in it.

Mr Purnell agreed with Mr Harrison, and suggested that the books presented to the Association by Mr Passmore and others should be kept in the room.

It was resolved—‘ ‘ That it should be a recommendation to the in-coming Committee to secure the upper room of the Town Hall for one year. ” new members. Mr H. Friedlander said he noticed that there were liabilities amounting to L 169 16s lOd, and would like to know how members intended to liquidate them. Dr Trevor said on looking over the list of members’ names he found that there was a large number of stock owners and farmers in the county whose names were not down, and which no doubt could be obtained if asked to join. In reply to Mr Gundry, Mr Cox said that the reserve, which belonged to the Association, had been let to a tenant, but no rent had yet been received from it. AGRIC OLTURAL READINGS. Several members expressed their wish that the reading of papers on agricultural and other subjects should be continued during the winter months. The Chairman alluded to the fact that one of the papers read by the Association had been published in most of the New Zealand and in some of the Australian journals. This was a sign that the papers read were considered useful, and it was very gratifying to the Association to learn that Mr Grigg’s paper was republished and commented on in another colony.

VOTES OF THANKS. On the motion of Mr Hugo Friedlander, seconded by Mr Cox, a vote of thanks was accorded to Messrs Passmore and Gould for their presents of books to the Association. PLOUGHING MATCH. Mr Benniaon hoped the Association would consider the advisability of of holding the usual ploughing match. In his opinion great assistance was rendered by these matches, in encouraging good ploughing, and many farmers were disappointed at not having one last year, in Ashburton.

Tlie Chairman said that-, this matter had been fully considered at a meeting last year, and that the conclusion they come to was that the ploughing matches did very little good. The matter then dropped. Mr. Cox reminded members that the Association was in want of funds, and that unless every effort was made to increase the membership, and the financial position, the Association would suffer. He hoped every member would induce another to join. Votes of thanks were accorded the Committee and officers for the past year, and the meeting ended.

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AGRICULTURAL AND PASTORAL ASSOCIATION., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 330, 28 April 1881

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AGRICULTURAL AND PASTORAL ASSOCIATION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 330, 28 April 1881

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