-<» — PEOVINCIAL CONFERENCE. The Provincial Conference of the New Zealand Farmers' Union opened m Christohurch yesterday, Mr J. O'Halloran presiding. There were present—Messrs W. Harding, Charles Reid, G-. W. Leadley, S. S. Chapman andW.T. Lill (Ashbnrton), and a number of others. In his retiring address the President referred dnlogistically to the services rendered by Mr Studholme. The North Canterbury Executive recorded their appreciation of the able and energetic manner m which Mr John Studholme directed the affairs of the Union while he beld the office of president. The balance sheet showed that receipts (including a credit balance of .£2l 18s Id brought forward) had been .£235 14s 7d, and expenditure JS2O2 5s 7d, leaving a credit balance of £33 9s. Mr J A. Pannett (Greenpark) was unanimously elected President. Mr D. Jones was elected vice-president, and Mr T. N. Caverhill was appointed auditor. Several remits were received m connection with, anthrax. Mr Harding (Ashburton) urged that this was a far more important and serious matter than was generally recognised. Anthrax m England had broken out m new neighbourhoods and uninfected areas, but the trouble arose through the breaking out of tho disease m fresh districts. Scientists had discovered that anthrax had been introduced by imported linseed. They would Bee that not only bones were dangerous, and once anthrax got a hole!, there was no telling what the result would be. He moved that the Asbburton remit be forwarded to the Colonial Council, Tho motion was carried, after being altered by striking out the words referring to sterilisation, so that it simply urged the Government fco prohibit the importation of bones. Mr W. T. Lill (Ashburton) complained thafc the commission charged by agents was little less than robbery, and be thought the Chamber of Commerce should be asked to fcake the matter m hand. He cited the case of a widow he knew who was charged .£sl commission by the sgent for selling a little place, the sale of which did not take tea minutes. And yet the man said he was charging Chamber of Commerce rates. As to wool, he thought they would do better fco send their clips to London, under present conditions. Mr C. Reid (Ashburton) moved an amendment that the whole question of commission be raferred to the Provincial Executive with power to act. The amendment was carried. The following amendment to a remit was moved by Mr G.jW. Leadley (colonial vicepresident), and carried, namely: "That having considered the Templeton remit, we suggest the following definition:—That the term 'south-mouthed sheep' shall indicate that the sheep is four years old, and has bright, clear, full sized and sharp teeth ; 'full-mouthed,' five year old or over, with level mouth ; ' failing-mouth ' having short stubby teeth ; 'broken-mouthed,' teeth wide apart, somelbrolten or missing; \ Rummies, most of, or all, the teeth gone." Mr Leadley further moved that copies of the resolution be forwarded to all the auctioneers, with a view to having the 118.^/ 6!^ saleyards'. It was eventually decided that the matter should b 9 referred to the E?Kollowing amendment to a remit was moved by Mr Leadley .-"That the Colonial Executive be requested fco aPP*^*^ Government with a view to the Farmers Union being allowed the. same concessions and privileges w friendly hoo» « ud Trade*' Unions m the matter of special redactions m fares and facilities tor obtaining tickets for picnics or excursion. —xne motion was carried. nnna a fill The Conference was fchen adjourned till &30 next morniog.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6580, 26 May 1905
Farmers' Union. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6580, 26 May 1905
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