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THE DROUGHT IN AUSTRALIA

PBB PBEBS ASSOOIATIOIT Svdnisy, November 26. There has been a very great advance) m the prices for iced Btuff, and should the drought continue it is hard to know where to secure supplies, unless New Zealand is able to oome to the rescue.. The maize yield m New South Wales, however, is good. The drought is beginning to he felt m the dairy producing districts, where the great trouble is the shortness of water rather than gratis. Since lst November the price of factory butter has risen 100 per cent. Summer fruits aro falling off the treeß by the bushel, and jam companies will be seriously affeoted. At the last stock auotions the prices realised for oattle showed a deoline of ) 50 per cent. Sheep are selling at prices i down to 2s. The large purchases whioh > are being made on behalf of Meat L Preserving Co.'s keep prices better than •* they would otherwise be. Reports of the failure of orops continue 1 to be received from many districts. In the New England district the harvest * has never been so bad for the last forty » years. At Bathurst there is no agricultural produce, and a heavy fall of rain is the only hope of saving stook. A movement is on foot at Bourke to petition Government, asking for * rebate m rentals, otherwise holdings will ba abandoned. At Braidwood the potato crop hss failed, while at Bredwardine, Oarcoar, Cobar, and Cooma the outlook is gloomy, and serious results are feared at Burrowa. The pastoral returns are fair, but agricultural produots altogether are bad. Ooanaharabran has suffered a bad lambing season, bnt m other respects the stock is doing fairly well. The wheat yield is expected to be good. The losses at Coonamble are heavy, and the outlook is black and depressing. AtCootamundra tho Btock lobscb have been | slight. Tho country generally looks i fairly well except m cases where land i has been overstocked. The wheat crop, 1 however, is beyond recovery. • Cowia* 1 distriot suffered only slight losses, ia 1 stock but agriculture is ruined. Crookwell so far has not had serious Joss, yefc 1 the crops are poor. At Deniliquin the; | outlook is dreary and priceß for produce ; are rapidly advancing. The wheat yield! i m the Glen Innes district is expected to 1 average only 8 or 4 bushels to the acre. . Goulbourn district has suffered verj ; much from bush fires and enormous loss, is reported. The wheat crop has been a complete failure but stook is doing fairly well. At Grafton it is expected that the yield of maize will double that of any previous year. The prospects of late crops are also very good and the agricultural and pastoral outlook ia excellent. At Greenfell a water famine> is imminent and it is feared that the* flour mills will be idle for the next 12: months. At Gundagai the wheat yield is from sto 15 bushels per acre. The other produce is a failure. At Hillston there will be no harvest this year, and the effect on trade is disastrous. Manypersons at Inverell have been ruined m consequence of the crops failing. At Kempsey the season is the best experienced for many years. The stock and the crops are looking splendid. At Eiama the drought is making itself felt and dairy produce is failing. At "Wagga the crops are only six inohe» and not worth cutting for hay. At Walgett water is scarce but themis tv fair growth of grass and the losses mi stock have been slight. It is not expected rain will fall before February, lo the Wellington district the wheat crops* look fairly well, prices for produce aro rising. Ruin is Btaring the squatters m tho face. The prospects at West Maitland are fair but the Wilcannia district is m a terrible state. One station alone lost 63,000 lambs. Some stations have practically been abandoned. Wool cannot reach the market owing to travelling difficulties. At Yass* the> potato and hay crops have been • failure. The drought is oausing aad havoc among tho sheep m the country districts. A drover was engaged driving a mob oi?: 15,000 sheep from Wilcannia to Hay„ but lost 12,000 en route, Brisbane, November 2fV | At Croydon heavy rain has fallen* and* the outlook is now more hopeful. Heat,, bread, and potatoes are very high, and fodder is at famine price. Maize is. selling at 7s, and chaff at 14a per cwt*. Adelaide, November 26* The drought , is not altogether responsible for the condition of tha orops as m Northern districts. Grasshoppers have been the main cause. In many districts the returns will be high. After supplying local wants it is estimated there will be nearly 5,000,000 bushels available for. export. From half, the wheat aroa there will be little or no return received. The drought has been disastrous to squatters inthe outsidecountry. Hobart, November 26. Iho drought has broken up and the crops have been Bayed. Supplies of hay and chaff are still short.

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THE DROUGHT IN AUSTRALIA, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1998, 27 November 1888

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THE DROUGHT IN AUSTRALIA Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1998, 27 November 1888

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