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The Auckland •* Herald," of Saturday last, says:— A small portion of the ensilage whlob took the special prize offered by Mr R. Proude at the Sooth Franklin Agricultural Show on Taesday laat, waa on exhibition yesterday ln the shop of Messrs Steadman and Co., Qaeen street. It attracted a good deal of attention from the farmers who were In town," Mi J* Allen, Pukekohe, the winner of the pr'zs, writes respecting hla mode of preparation as follows:— "For tbe Information of those who take an lntereat ln this question. I thought It well to give a few details ahowing my mode of praaedure; * Td*secare success m curing I made up my mind to use only the very bast material, j.nd so fixed on a five-acre jot of red olbfer, ryegrass, and other good pasture grasses for the experiment. After tha mowing maohine had gone three rounds it waa followed by the tumble*? -rake, until the pleoe was finished. The day following the grass was oarted and bnilt ln _ square ataok In the oorner of my barn, the whole being well trodden during thq^tlme of boilding. I afterward*: obf ibmb rough grass to pat over tbe whole of the stack, and two days later oovered the whole with nine Inohea of earth. The sample aho-fn was out three fest b?low tbe top of the stack ; but' tbe rough gramas with whioh thi ensilage is covered Is equally wt)U ourec}. After over thirty years' experience Iq hay* making, I am quite satisfied that tha ensilage system Is the right one. Thesa Is no anxiety abont the weather 'for mak** Ing or carrying the hay |n our efatangeable climate, but what Is oat. oan be parted at onoe, and It ia safe. The sample at the show measured 12 Inches by 18 luobes by 12 Inches deep, and weighed ■ over 601 b .. The stack measures 16 feet long, 8 feet wide, and ? feel high, all firatolass ensilage,' except a few Inches of loose material on the outside of the stack. It was built the first week In December, and 1 trnst tbe suooess already attained by ray-Mf and Others .pay lead to tt;e ensilage system V^ng.i»ore genera* lya-lonted. 4 *? *

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2094, 22 March 1889

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ENSILAGE Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2094, 22 March 1889