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in calf, Mr Small's cattle had all the honors as they had all the pens, no one else antering, but in two-year-old heifers Mr W. Strange threw down the gauntlet to hia Graham's Road neighbor, and to:>k first prizo with a neat little lady that will probably be heard of again as a cow. Mr Small's entries, " Baron's " daughters, got second and commended. Mr Smtvll was master of the field in yearling heifers. In Ayrshires, Clarke Bros took all the bull prizes, as they were the exhibitors, but; when the cows of any age in miik or in calf came to bo judged, it was found that Mr McDowell's* cow ," Lily," had beaten the first prize-taker of last year. 1 n the' four yearling heifers aho wn Clarke Bros, took firsi prize, with Mr J. Gough's entry (also of Clarke Bros, breeding) second. The only Jersey animal shown, was a tidy cow belonging to IVfi" j David Thomas, which, however, was good 5 enough to wiii the two prizes offered. In any other breed of cattle, a Devon -breed bull was shown by Mr A. McKenzio, good enough to be honored with a first. Mr Small got a first and a second for two cows in full milk, and Mr A. J. Huston, a first and, Mr A. W. Randall second for cows iv full profit. The prize for cottager's: cow, was won by Mrs E. McKee, and the I.'i prize fat steer was shown by Mr A. J. j Huston, and the prize fat heifers by Mr ' J. Sawle, Mr Huston being commended.

OFMCGIIS. President, Mr David Thomas ; Vicepresidents ;<-rMessrs R. Millar, J. Studholine, junr., and W. JY Silcock ; Committee— Messrs J. 0. N. Grigg, T. Taylor, W, F. Sommemlle, F. McCafferty, A. J. Huston, D. Cumoron, J. Small, M. Stitt, D. McKendry, J. M. Tweed, R.. Clarke, U. . Bufcterick, J. Gilmour, R. Friedlirider, G. W. Leadloy, T. Langley, C* Reid, J. Bonifant, A. Protheroe, J. Stringfellow, J. Tucker, E. Cookson, T. JN. Digby, H. Hunt. The thirteenth annual show of stock, produce, farm implements, arid manufactures, under the auspices of the Ashburton Agricultural and Pastoral Association, was held on the show grounds to-day. The weather on this oocassion was not all that could be desired, and was in marked contrast to the favourable circumstances unJer which previous expositions have ,been held. The light north west wind 'which was blowing all day on Thursday, veered round to the south-east during the night, and brought up with it several light showers of fine rain in the early hours of the morning. Towards 8 a.m. it became apparent, owing fro the increased wind, that the day would not be fine, andshortlyafterwardsthesefear* were confirmed by a steady downpour of fine raiii, whioh, however much it might disappoint holiday makers, would gladden the hearts of the farmers. The threatening weathe> had an effect on the attendance at the show, many of the outlying settlers preferring to remain at home to risking the danger of a thorough soaking. In consequence of the rain the town of Ashburton had not that busy sppearance which has boen a characteristic of similar occasions in by-gone years; and the retail tradesman had not the same record of a good show-day business to record. The rain, which set in in the morning, kept up more or less throughout the day, and the attendance did not reach within several hundreds of that of former years. There was a noticeable scarcity of the fair sex, and a multiplicity of umbrellas, overcoats, and mackintoshes. Nevertheless, the attendance reached something like 2000, and those who visited the grounds displayed the keenest interest in the various exhibits. The Ashburton Brass Band .was on the ground during the day and enlivened proceedings by several selections in a very creditable manner. About two o'clock the rain cleared off, and the remainder of the afternoon was fine overhead, though unpleasant under foot. The arrangements for tho Show reflect the greatest credit upon the Coriimittee of management and officers of the Association. The Secretary especially deserves a word of praise fof the efficient manner in which he carried out his arduous duties, and we have to express our thanks to him for ths courtesy and assistance rendered to Press representatives, one thoughtful act especially being the providing of a tent 1 for the special use of reporters. A new departure this year wns the erection of a large marquee as a luncheon-room — a vast improvement upon the arrangemants of former years. Mrs Butler, of the Family Hotel, was entrusted with the dispensation of solid and. substantial refreshments, while Mr W. C. Davis dispensed the lighter kinds ; both appeared fco be doing a good business. Theentrios, as compared with theprevious year, show an increase of 20, the total for the present year being 660 as against 640 last year, thus placing to-day's show at the head of the list of the many shows held under the auspices of the Association. The, principal increases to-day were in sheep, dairy produce, agricultural implements, and articles of New Zealand manufacture. As a counter-balance to this, however, there was a marked falling off in pigs, only 18 being shown, as against 31 last year, and 56 the year previously. Horses also showed a slight falling off, only 237 facing the judges, as against 245 in 1889* The entry of horses has always been a marked feature of Ashburton shows, and although .the present' year shows a trifling falling off as compared with last, it is larger by 56 than that of the highest record of any year previously. In cattle and dogs the entries are about stationary. In sheep, as usual, there was an absence of entries in Merinos. So far as this description of sheep is concerned it would appear that there is no need for its appearance year after year on the catalogue with the customary "no entry" opposite the several classes. In the other classes, Lincoln, English and Border Leicester, Down breeds, and fat sheep were up to the entries of the last four years, but were considerably behind the years 1884* j 1885, and 1886. The attached table gives in a condensed and intelligible form the respective entries in all classes of exhibits since the year 1879: —

From the foregoing it will be seen that the Ashburton show has been making slow but sure progress on the whole, and that the enterprising officers and members have every reason to be satisfied with the results obtained. A detailed notice of the several exhibits will be found under the respective headings, and also the result of the judging up to the hour of going to press :— CATTLE. The show of cattle was disappointing in numbers, as it has been for some years, and in some cases one would have liked co have seen a little better quality. In shorthorns the largest exhibitor was Mr John Small, who put in his bull "Baron," a fins beast of Mr John Grigg's breeding, but no other entry challenged him. In yearling bulls Mr Small's two were nice premising fellows, aud the only two entered. Of coursei they got first and second. |n cqws of. any age in milk oy

1879 188<>!l88L 1883 1886. 1887 |1889| 1882 1884 18S5 1888! 1890 Sheep , aattle... Horses ... ...j Pig 3 Poultry Implements ... DDg3 ... Dairy Produce N.Z. Manufactures ... Extra Exhibits Wool Horse Shoeing Small birds eggs and heads 75 16 76 11 17 48 9 23 12 75 i 61 87 iS 36 100 94 11 9 29 37 67 75 14 12 41 44 12 n 32 33 89 I 130 i 19 34 67 17 41 15 81 89 25 97 6 11 94 20 23 54 4 102 39 115 21 123 41 132 45 I 8 i 79 21 52 111 I 34 114 ! 22 77 24 73 I 4 59 55 150 i 20 j 74 ! 1 34 181 56 85 42 245 31 91 41 237 18 79 7 39 3 16 1 77 I 20 1 96 105 ' 9 98 9 17 68 15 122 5 | 87 16 127 6 14 iI : - ~* _ i — _ I - 6; ' > 4 13 15 I 16 -_ - i I 2 ■ i 3 i > 6 4 7 Totals I i 428 __i ;___] 660 366 395 438 522 421 529 4661 495 602 640 .

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ANNUAL SHOW., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2558, 31 October 1890

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ANNUAL SHOW. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2558, 31 October 1890

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