A OSTRALABIAN LIVE STOCK
The Government statist of Victoria haa recently issued a comparative return showing the . live itook In the various Australasian colonies at the close of the yaacs 1880 and 1888, From'theaa wa find that the total number of sheep In tha seven oolonteß has Increased • from 76,158,6831 at the end of 1880 to 96,563,376 at the end of 1888, the Inoreaue amounting to 21,404693, or 28$ per cent. The prluolpai progress has baen In New South Wales, whose fl3oka have Inoreaaed from 35,000,000 to 46,000 009, the gain being 11,000,009. Iv Q loeusland the increase, though not ao large absolutely, has baen fat greater In proportion — vis, from about 7,000 000 to 13 500,000— the gain being 6 500,000, or nearly 100 per cent, The aa ma remarks hold good with regard to Western Australia, where, however, the progress has been on a much smaller scale, the Increase being from 1 200,000 to 2,100,000, or about 71 per oeat ; N*wZaa-. land rising from 13,000,000 to 15,000 000, has giiaei 2,000 000, or 16£ per oeat. The increases In the other oolontea htve been lasipoifio*nt, both la amount and la proportion j the 1 number of sheep fa T^Bw^nla ihowing an »o-.aal 4Mieais 4
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