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The show of sheep was a very good one, though it waa too small to be fairly representative of the district. Merino sheep were onoe more conspicuous by their absence, though there are flocka m the district that could hold their own at any show. The Lincoln a wore good, though the light land on whioh moat of them are pastured is not conducive to superlative development In this breed. Mr Max Friedlander supplied the first and leoond prfza-takerß m the aged ram class with sheep of very nice symmetry and quaily* Mr Strln^fellow'a representative waa Inclined to be ooarae, but was a well grown sheep. Rams under 18 months saw Mr FriodUnder'a sheep ugain first and sacond, and he wan first m the breeding ewes class, with a nice even pen with strong five lambs. The aama exhibitor's ewes under 18 months would be difficult to beat anywhere, being very well-shaped, and remarkably wellclad with long, silky wool. All the Leicester! were of the English variety. Mr J. Bonifant was the only exhibitor. Hli aheep were m fair condition, conilderlng the season, and were of even, true ohamter, with capital bodies and fleeces ; In fact they were really useful farmers' sheep, producing plenty of both mutton and wool. Messrs Mawson Bros. were the only exhibitors of South Downs, showing an aged ram, a pen of ewes with lambs, and a pen of ewe hoggets, all of which showed purity of breeding, and the excellent qualities for whloh there sheep are famed. The Hampshire Downs were tbe centre of attraction m the Bheep seotlon, and well they might be; They were all from Mr Max Frledlandor'a flock, and though they were perhaps m hardly such good condition as at last show, they were » lot of sheep such as Is not often ■«eu. To show the general excellence of the breed, Mr Friedlander sont In as a special entry no less than one hundred hoggeiß, a cross between Hampshire rams and half-bred (Llnooln Merino) ewes. For mutton they could hardly be beaten, and they olip a heavy fleeoa of valuable wool. Mr if. 0. N. Grlgg showed a ram and three ewes of tbe Shropshire Dowu breed, very nice sheep, ebowlng great maturity for their age (under 18 months). There was goqd competition m the crossbred classes Mr Friedlander, the Ohatmosa Estate, Mr J W, Maidens, and others sending m pens of excellent aheep. The majority of the pr'zes went to the first named exhibitor for the produce pf his L'noolns and Hampshires. The Bame gentleman had no competitor In the fat sheep olajtes In whioh his Hampshire crosses, wbioh were of magnificent weight and quality were unopposed, His half-bred lambs, of the Lincoln-merino cross, were of prime quality, but they were quite overshadowed by his Hampshire crosses, which were of astonishing weight for their age— some ten weeks, It was stated — and of perfect quality,

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1987, 3 November 1888

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SHEEP. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1987, 3 November 1888