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TO THE EDITOR. Sir, —Would you kindly grant me space in your much read-columns to ask Mr Oliver for some further information on one or two of the statements he has made in his articles on the "feeding of sheep," which appeared in the ''Mail" recently. In Mr Herring's letter, published by Mr Oliver, it is shown that the manure from one sheep, fed on turnips and oaten chaff, during a period of 16 weeks, would be worth 2os in the succeeding corn crops! There surely must be some error in this. Mr Oliver states how much it would cost to feed a sheep of a given weight for three months on oats and chaff, and shows a serious loss to the farmer, if such a course were followed. Would he let us know what a farmer ought to do, who had no other description of food to give them? Mr Oliver evidently does not believe that it would pay to give oats to common store sheep ; what other kind of sheep does he believe it would pay to give oats to ? Mr Oliver's long and varied experience amongst sheep makes him a very fit person to seek information from, as to what kind of enclosures are best for carrying on three or four feeding experiments alongside of each other, but separate one from the other.. lam sure if he would kindly give his opinion for such trials, it would "be very interesting reading for the farmers.—l am, etc., Joseph Batty. Cairnbrae. June 19th, 1890.

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SHEEP FEEDING., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2446, 20 June 1890

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SHEEP FEEDING. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2446, 20 June 1890

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