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What Big Steamers and Freezers are Doing.

The following occurs m ijhe Southland letter of a correspondent o the "Press": —" Speaking to one of the oldest, largest and most experienced farmers m th,e Southland district, I said;, \yhftt about oats ? They, are low.. Yes, he said, they are low-, we sold 1200 sacks earlier m the season for Is 3d, but we could not get that for them now, we have still a large quantity on hand, we chaff it and feed the sheep with it.— Are you feeding many sheep m that way now ? Yes, close on 3000; they get turnips during the ttay and the oats at nigh.t, excepting the breeding ewes \^hioh get grass and oats.— Are they doing well upon it ? Yes,splendid. —Then this oat feeding is a great success? Yes, it improves both the wool, and the mutton, and we shall get good Y^W. for our oats. We have now u^ndojp consideration an excellent offer for a number of jsl\c,e,p<,~-And you mil still go on growing oats ? Certainly, we must grow turnips and oats, to feed the sheep, tu-.yi must take our chance of tb,s V.writfe); for the surplus. $a you ace the, frozen meat trade i% gojng to. settle the oat question for us. No wonder they are building more big steamers." Andl the same correspondent adds •„—"-| predicted that dear cattle woujd come m time. But I didn't think it would be so soon ; m the last i | fortnight fat bullocks have gone up nearly : 100 per cent; it came about m this wise. Hearing that cattle were cheap m Southland, people came from a distance, bought J them and took them away, just as might have been expected ; and I suppose those b]s3Bed butchers who only a short time <*gP, P"t up the price of mutton, will now stick it on to beef; if they do we'll just hfcve to fall back on rabbits and fish.''

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What Big Steamers and Freezers are Doing., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2491, 14 August 1890

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What Big Steamers and Freezers are Doing. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2491, 14 August 1890

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