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Stock-raising in Australia.

It seeros astounding that the. people of Australia are already brought face to face with the fact that they cannot expect cheap beef for the future, as the demand is already close on the supply, arid must soon pass it. The increase of population m Australia is 4 per cent., while the increase of cattle is 3 per cent. But will there not be a greater increase m cattle by the stimulus of high prices ? Apparently not, for statistics compiled by the Government statist of New South Wales show that the numbers are now kept from increasing by the losses from drought. Between' 1881 and 1886 upwards of 4,100,000 head of cattle perished m Australia from thirst or want of food caused by drought. "What an infinity and intensity of suffering is here expressed! In ten years, at the present increase m the population of Australia, the demand will quite have overtaken the supply, and the Australians will want all the cattle they can raise for themselves. What our position m New Zealand is we have not yet began to calculate, We export about 70,000 cwt, of beef every year, and could easily increase the quantity with proper encouragement. We are not m the least afraid for drought. We will never breed cattle to the fate of suffering a lingering death by thrist. It will be a question with us of putting cattle on the land and then of improving the pastures. It is stated that m regard to sheep there was ar. increase m Australia from 24,000,000 m 1864 to 86,000,000 m 1888, but during that period 78,000,000 perished m the droughts. There is, it is reckoned, an overplus of 4,000,000 sheep available annually for export or fur stocking new country. Whether the Australians will be able appreciably to modify this state of things m regard to cattle by constructing dams or. sinking wells, remains to be seen, — "New Zealand Herald."

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Stock-raising in Australia., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2476, 28 July 1890

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Stock-raising in Australia. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2476, 28 July 1890