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In dairy produce there were 81 entries, the competition in various classes being an improvement upon former years. For 31bs of separator butter, and Slbs ( of powdered butter, Mra McCruiness was the only exhibitor, showing four neat samples of good quality. For the best 31bs of fresh butter, without prints (other than separator)'there were cen entries, Mesdames Bland, Alington, Shearer, Paterson, Stephens, Ashton, McKenzie, - Small, Prebble, and Miss S. Wilson com- I peting. The quality and appearance of the exhibits in this class reflected credit upon the sevewl exhibitors, and the

judges bad some difficulty in fnally apportioning the awards. In giving their decision the judges remarked that the oxhibifa were amongst tho bast that had come under their observation. For the best 31 bs of fresh butter (extra prizj) there were eight entries by oxhibi-' tors in the previous class, Miss Wikou and Mrs Prebblw not competing. In Jh'.s class the exhibits were not, in one or two instances, quite up to the standrvd of tho previous clas'i, color and appearance taking }\vmy from the e3'jct.« of quality In the class for 31b-; of powdered butter Mesdamuss Shearer, Ashton, E. Moore, McKonzic, J. Small, and Probblo competed, and the samples shown wore of a first-class order, color in one instance again caking away from the effect V»f preparation. In fancy butter only two exhibitors— Mesdanic? R. Clarku and J. Snr.ll — compete. The display, although ismnll, wa-i roost effective, and called forth general admiration. Both exhibitors displayed much artistic taste and patience in arrangement, and (hoir handicraft called forth special commendation from the judges, In the class 2Slbs of salted butter fit for export there were only two entries, a fact to be deplored as the export trade in butter to the English and Colonial market in the near future is likely to assume big proportions. The samples shown, although deposited with the secretary 21 days previously, were perfectly free troin taint or blemish, and were in every respect a first class exhibit. The competition for cheese (151bs) only brought out four exhibitors, namely Mosdames Horsey, J. Small, A. McKenaie, and Miss M. McKonssie. Mrs Small had three exhibits. The quality And appearance of die cheese was all that could be desired. For the best side of smoked bacon there •were eight entries, Mesdames J. Croy and Small, Messrs.!. Fletcher, T. Hoult, A. J. Huston, J. Sargent, and J. McGregor competing. The general excellence of these exhibits reflects the highest credit upon the bacon-curers of the district, the sample from tha Flemiugton factory Having a very marketable appearance, showing careful and studious preparation, while the exhibits fr«m the farmers compared most favourably with those shown in former years. JJnsmok'ed bacon only brought forth four exhibits, three of which were of firstclass quality. In the bacon classes also the judges expressed themselves as highly pleased with the samples sent forward. The best two hams (smoked) brought out five competitors, viz., a sample cured at the Flemington Factory and exhibited by Mr J. Houston, two. samples by Mesdames Croy and Small; and one each by Messrs I. Fletcher, T. Hoult, J.-Sargent, and J. McGregor. The exhibits in this class were also go«d, and called forth general commendation. The- same remarks will apply to exhibits in the unsmoked class, There 'we're/no entries for spiced or corned beef, or for mutton hams. In eggs there were fifteen entries—the class being for hens' and ducks' eggs only. The judges had some difficulty in coming to a verdict in this class, the merits of the exhibits in many cases being nearly equal. An egg (hen's) weighing 4ozs, and measuring 4- inches by Qh inches, was exhibited in this class—being the "big gooseberry " of the occasion. In home-baked bread there were no l«ss than 42 exhibits —and remarkably good exhibits they were of the economical and thrifty housewife's 1 art, and also of the quality of the flour manufactured in the .district. Some of tho loaves, in appearance and whiteness, compared favorably with the best baker's bread—an evidence chat many settlers in the district are blest with industrious partners ; and also, judging from the fact that a number of the exhibits were the handicraft of unmarried ladies, that there is a good ; time in store for some of the many bachei lors, in the district. ! There weri only two entries for the beat dish'jof honey—a neat exhibit, but calling for no special mention. | For the best collection of dairy proi cluce, the best sack of spring wheat,, and best sack of short and long oats there were no entries. Mr J. Bonifant exhi-bited-a very fair sample of barley, the only drawback to the exhibit being the > presence of a few grains of wheat. This was the only exhibit in grain.

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DAIRY PRODUCE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2558, 31 October 1890

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DAIRY PRODUCE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2558, 31 October 1890

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