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A meeting of this Association, for the pnrpose of taking into consideration the advisability of holding a ploughing match in the district, was held in the Commercial Hotel this afternoon. There was a good attendance, Mr Bullock being voted to the chair.

A letter of apology for non-attendance was read from the Yice-President.

The Chairman pointed out that, although during the past two years the ploughing match had been permitted to lapse, he thought this was due to the depression existing during that period. The good times were returning, and he thought they ought to revive the custom. Possibly it was not of any very great direct benefit, but it certainly brought the farmers together, and they were induced to discuss agricultural matters. ■

Mr Cox concurred with the expressions which had fallen from the chair. One question, however, which had to be considered was, where was the money to come from for the prize fund 1 There appeared to be great diversity of opinion amongst farmers regarding the utility of a ploughing match, but he had received opinions from several agriculturalists in the district in favor of holding a match. Mr Miller remarked that the style of ploughing match was of no use for general farming purposes. As a holiday for the farm hands, and a means of bringing the farmers together, however, he was in favor thereof.

. It was moved by Mr F. Mayo and seconded by Mr Hay T. Smith—“ That it is desirable to hold a ploughing match this season.” This was carried.

It was the general opinion of those present that the match should be confined to competitors residing in the County, and a resolution to this effect was passed. A working committse, consisting of the following gentlemen was appointed, viz.— Messrs Mayo, Hunt, Miller, Taylor, Clark, and Carter. A general. Committee was appointed, consisting of the members of the Committee of the Agricultural and Pastoral Association and Messrs D. Cameron, R. Patton, T. Chalmers, E. Thomas, J. Batty, Sargeant, A. Dawson, A. Barr, D. Cochrane, C. Harper, Wason, Aitken, B. Eade, R. S; Smith, J. Cochrane, W. Bennison, J. Hoare, Hood, Macfar-

lane, Peache, Tisoh, G. Gilmour, 8011, Digby, D. Wilson, M. Bruce, Parsons, Dowling, M'Coll, Morrow, D. M‘Lean, W. Horne, J. Brown, J. Jameson; The Secretary was authorised to advertise for offers of land suitable for. the purpose. Same to be in by 10.30 a.m. on the 28th inst., the match being fixed to take place during the last week in July. The date of meeting of Committee was fixed for Tuesday, 28th inst. The meeting then terminated.,

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AGRICULTURAL AND PASTORAL ASSOCIATION., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 370, 14 June 1881

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AGRICULTURAL AND PASTORAL ASSOCIATION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 370, 14 June 1881

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