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. * Mr Oliver's Paper.

The very useful paper on this subject cb'ntributed -to our issue of Thursday by Mr D. Oliver will doubtless have been carefully read by most of those of our readers who are engaged in sheepfarming, or who have grown fany large quantity of oats this season. " It is of interest to all these, but especially to the latter, as the question of whether or not it is possible to make "a" better nett return by passing their oats through the feeding trough than by sending the grain to market means to ,many perhaps, the solving of the problem of how to make their income suffice for'their expenditure. If oats fed to sheep will produce mutton in sufficient quantity to yield a remunerative result, then how to overcome the misfortune of low prices for that cereal will have been discovered. Mr Oliver evidently does not think that that result can be obtained, his calculations going to show that it will cost more to produce mutton in this way than' it is worth when produced, but he is at the same time open to conviction, and the blSject of his paper is evidently to elicit discussion especially on the part of those who can bring to bear upon the subject facts ascertained by actual experiment. We are very glad that Mr Oliver has opened up the question, and may here say in passing that we" should be pleased indeed if many more of our farming readers would make use of our columns for the like purpose by sending us papers on subjects like this, .which is one of great practical interest. We shall also be glad if on this occasion those who take an opposite view to that taken by our coi'respondent will put pen to paper and let others have the benefit of what they are able to advance per contra, as out of discussions such as this most valuable information may be gleaned. We, of course, cannot add any testimony either on one side or the other, as we are neither growers of oats nor. flockmasters, but in the meantime may remark that we do not think Mr Oliver's proposal that experiments should be undertaken by the County Council will meet with general approval. The case is not a parallel one to that of the Irrigation Farm. If rrigation of the Plains is to be undertaken at all it must be undertaken by he County Council, and for that reason that b6dy rwas' quite within the scope of' its -functions in conducting preliminary experiments in irrigation , upon a small scale, but in the case of ieeding oats, to sheep that, is an experiment which can be tried by any private person, and involves no "ques : tion of general co-operation or

general rating. No .doubt it is .very desirable that such experiments should be made in a complete and systematic way, but surely the Agricultural and Pastoral Association is, the proper body- to undertake this, and we would suggest to Mr Oliver and others who tdKe-an itfterestl in the matter that that body should be approached with this object in view.

In proof that Australian Cases of an influx of French comlcts are unfounded, the " Temps " states that the escapes from New Caledonia were 6in 1885, 8 in 1886, 6 in 1887, sin 1888, and 7, up to.the end of Sepember last. Sixteen of them were extradited, and the remaining 16 may not all ha,ve reached Australia!

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OATS FOR SHEEP FEED., Ashburton Guardian, Volume vii, Issue 2420, 3 May 1890

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OATS FOR SHEEP FEED. Ashburton Guardian, Volume vii, Issue 2420, 3 May 1890

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