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The Sheep Returns.

[ An interim return of shpap in the colony on April 30, 1905, <?ivo.? the approximate numbers as follows =—Auckland 019,390, drtor«ir*s(j fifi/100 ; NnpJer 4-601,42!), increase 118,552,- Wellington-West Coast 4,172,849, incroHso 137,5613 ; Murlbnroutfb-Nelson, 947,273 increase 9785; Canterbury-Kaikoura. 5,240,144, increase 461,532; Ot»go 3,540,839, increase 180,096. The total eheop are [ 19,121,924, an inorsasa of 811,118. The increase in the North Isknd is 189,705, and in the South Island C 51,413. The iucrouße

is accounted for as follows:—There were about 150,000 mora ewes rosarved for breeding during the 1901 season, the larab-

iDg was above the average, and the export of mutton and lamb decreased by 608,749 carcases. According to the agricultural and pastoral statistics for 19U4-5 cattle showed a further increase of 143,303. It is confidently anticipated that the flocks will continue to show a steady increase, as farmers are now realisiug the necessity for holding back a proportion of ewe lambs for breeding purposes. The mutton and lamb export during the year totalled 3,825,091 carcases, against 4,493,840 and 4,504,008 in the two years previous respectively. The large increase of sheep in Canterbury has been considerably assisted by extensive imports from the North Island and parts of ths South Island. The report, being only an interim one, gives no details as to the number ot breeding ewes.

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The Sheep Returns., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXI, Issue 6620, 13 July 1905

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The Sheep Returns. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXI, Issue 6620, 13 July 1905

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