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Tbe following testimony to the early maturing qualities of the Hampshire Down breed of cheep is Irom a late number of the Field. vAt the Winchester fair on the 23rd October a draught of 101 wether lambs from the flock of Mr G. Judd sold for £397 10s, or an average of 78s 9i. The same number from Mr U. King's flock sold at en average of 74s 2d, and 100 from Mr F. B. Hunt's flock realised an average of 66s 6d. Bone of the lambs m these Jots were over 10 months old In 1882, at the same fair, 100 lambs from Mr Judd's fl ck sold at au average of 85s 6d, and a eecond hundred realised just under 80s per head. These are extraordinary prices for such young animals. Xhis record naa certainly never been equalled, though Mr Joshu East, cf Longs tock ran him hard In 1884, making £398 for his first 100, and £329 for his second, tfone of the above lots of lambs exceeded ten months old. No wonder the breed Is a favorite one/ Unfortunately the weights of the sheep are not given, so that we have nothing to guide us ai to how muoh per 1b the sheep sold for. Tbe difference m price of this mutton and the primest of frozen meat from Australia or New Zealand must be very great," Another paper says :— " In fattening cattle a few men or advanced opinions have provided machines wherewith to ascertain from time to time the progress made by certain stock m fattening, a particular account being kept of the food consumed. In that way it was ascertained come years; ago that Hampshire Down sheep yielded a larger return for the value of tbe food consumed th ;n any other of I tbe four or five breeds that were made the I subjects of experimental feeding."

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HAMPSHIRE DOWN SHEEP., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2042, 21 January 1889

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HAMPSHIRE DOWN SHEEP. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2042, 21 January 1889