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Decrease in tlie Slieep o! Hie. World.

4 few years a-^o Mr Robert E. Turubnl a woll-ku'wn contributor to tho " Livi 1 Stock Journal," in an article full of instructive ptatislio< of 1h.3 sln^ep sto:ks in the chief countries of the world, showed that the numbors were decreasing very considerably, Thi M question was recently taken up by Professor Plumb, (in American authority and at a meeting of the New York S hateF Breeders' Association he (?p )leas follows : - " For some reason that U difficult to understand, the sheep industry of the United States has declined relatively in alarming proportio is. There has be«n in the last thiity-five years a great falling off in the number of sheep when coneiderfcd in the ratio formerly maintained as to the population. In the early history of this country sheep wore very important, 'ihey were scattered all over the New England bi Is and gradually extende I in otLer directions. But; while tho population has materially increased.the number of sheep kept has not increased very much, so that in thirty years whiio the sheep population remains about the same, the human popuiaf ion has more than doubled. In 1870 there was one sheep to each mau, woman and child in the country. In 1900 there was only about half a sheep to each of the human population. There has been a decrease in the number of sheep in other countries. There is a notable decrease in sheep lall over the world. Great Britain has met with a steady decline during the pat five years. The same may be said about New Zealand Germany, and other countries. Australia has only ft fraction of the number oE sheer, owned there live years ago. This ia mots directly owing to the result of their unprt ■ cedented drought, but it adds to the general story of sheep depreciation. The onlj country that shows an increase is Argentine and this owing practically to the frozen export meat trade that they have been industriously building up. The most enlightened and best civilised countries in tht world are the countries which consume tht largest proportions of domestic meats, Meat consumers are increasing, but the production of sheep again shows a decline when compared with the meat consuming nations and taken in connection with the population. For instance, the population of meateating European countries has increased in the la3t decade about 35 per cent., while the number of sheep has increased only 20 per cent. All this goes to show the possible profits in sheep raising in the near future." The writer, however, might have made his case stronger had he been aware that the increase in the Argentine has now been apparently checked, if one may rely upon the information that has come to hand during the past year or two. The wool exports from tbe country have, at any rate, shown a falling off during the last few seasons and basing an estimate upoti the wool export nnd local consumption, it wcmld appear that the Argentine never had anything like tho number of sheep that was officially estimited. In the Continental countries like Germany and France, the decrease in the number of sheep ia due mainly to the cutting up of the land for very close settlement, whilst in the United Kingdom, as in New Zealand, the lamb trade is a main factor in reducing stocks. Professor Plumb's remarks are, however, encouraging to sheep-breeders, and so will also be tho letter in this issue from our Bradford correspondent, who, by tbe way, endorses Professor Plumb's opening statements in so far that he shows the extent to which buyers were operating at the May wool sales in London.

After readme the above, remember that Ford's Scour and Lung Worm Mixture will ava the weak sheep and make them stong. D Thomas and Farmers' Co-operative are Agents, cost per sheep 10% 343 worth will drench 320 sheep.

R. Y. FERGUSON. For Private Sale. 1 Qf\£\ ACRES, Government Grazing I.O \J\J Run, 5 years' lease to run at a low rental. Reasonable Goodwill R, Y. FERGUSON, Land and Estate Agent. For Private, Sale. gxpm^s ACRES Freehold, dividud into 9 «sJ«O Paddocks, 7 room Dwelling. ■Vashhouse, Shearing fchod, et\ ** ACRES Government Leasehold OO™ / 3 years to run at low rental; liven in with Freehold. For fall particulars apply to R. Y. FERGUSON, Latd and Estate Agent. For Private Sa'e. Nnk ACRE.S Lcase-in-Perpetuity, jlj O divided into 7 Paddocks; all well ferced and watered. 3 room Dwelling, Scabies, Chaffhoiue, Shearing Shed, Yards, etc. Reasonable Goodwill. R. Y. FERGUSON, Land and Estate Agent. For Private Tale. < f*f\f\ ACRES, divided into 10 lA>\J'X-/ Paddocks; all well fenco-1 und watered; 6 Roomed Dwelling, Stables, Woolshed, Dip, Sheep Yards, etc. Close to Post Office and School. Carrying 800 sheep v\nd 50 head cattle. Situated in Clutha Di3triofc, Southland. Price M 5s per acre R. Y. FEBGUSON, Land and Estate A gent FOR PRIVATE SALE ■ | f\Kf\ ACRES,aII well subdivided ; JLv/Ow securely fenced and well watered; all in best of heart. Good sheep Farm. 8-Roomed Dwelling ; Stable?. Woolshed, Yards, etc.; every convenience Easy Terms. B. Y. FERGUSON, Land and Estate Agent. FOR PRIVATE SALE. Q4V7 ACRES, Lease in Perpetuity, 7 O<t7 4 Miles from Railway Station, \- m le from School; 6 room Dwelling, Washhouse, otc.; Shearing Shed, Stable, and all necessary buildings ; 14 Acres EngH&h Grasp, balance tussock; all level land, carrying 450 Breeding Ewes. Low rental; reasonable goodwill. For Private SjUc. wqa ACRE Farm ; in Ashburton 001 l District; all well subdivided and watered ; 50 Acres Turnips, balance in English graas, most young ara33 j all firstclass fattening country ; 7-room Dwelling, | Stable, Woolshed, Yards, etc. ; in fact ! -ivery convenience for working Property. | ;!.ok can bo taken with Property if j required. R. ¥. FJSKGU9ON LAND & ESTATE AG ENT, ASHBURTON. BUSINESS NOTICES. H. GRESHAM, §UEC!EOis & Mechanical DENTIST. By Examination, October, 1897. SURGERY in Burnett Street, near Mitchell and Turner's. Local Anaesthetics and Gas administered. Hours of attendance—3 to 5.30 p.m , Private Residencf>—«Havelock Street wost

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Page 2 Advertisements Column 2, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6611, 3 July 1905

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