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Wool-Growing in Russia.

From a recent return dealing with the wool production of Russia, it is seen that the dominions of the Czar are now computed to contain some 65,000,000 sheep, a quarter of which belong to the merino variety. The best wool is obtained from the central regions of the country, and especially from Poland, where the climate is most favorable for wool-growing. But fine Russian wool has become less plentiful than formerly. Thirty years ago the high protective duties encouraged its production a good dual, but since that time the spread ofjrailways has converted a good deal of grazing land into tillage, and rents have risen, while wool has fallen, thus discouraging efforts for fine wool. The present annual production of Russia is estimated at 360,000,0001b5, of an estimated value of 8£ millions sterling. From a fifth to a tenth of this tqtal is annually exported, and less than half that quantity is imported; yefc, owing to the inferior quality of the Russian wool, the value of the imports considerably exceeds that of the exports,. In 1888, the last year for which statistics are to hand, they were nearly twice as much,,

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Wool-Growing in Russia., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2514, 10 September 1890

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Wool-Growing in Russia. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2514, 10 September 1890

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