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A meeting of the General Committee of the Ashburton Agricultural and Pastoral Association was held this afternoon. Present: Messrs A. Drummond (president), D. G. bright W. G. Hoberts, J. Cairns, J. Cow, C. Reid, T. Mawson, W. Anderson, J. Bruce, H. A. Lloyd, E. B. Newton, >A. J. Magson, J.M. Hampton, It. J. Mulligan, and W. J. Taylor. Apologies for 'absence were received from Messrs W. Moses, J. Stringfellow, J. McLauchlan, and C. W. Wood. , , >

The' Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association wrote forwarding a copy of a letter received from the Secretary for Agriculture, which covered a copy of the regulations under I the Board of Agriculture Act, and ex- ! plained briefly the procedures to be ■adopted in connection with the recommendation by A. and P. Societies of persons for appointment to the Board. Of the members of the Board, eight (four in each Island) were to be appointed on the recommendation of ' societies.. One society, called for distinguishing! purposes the "Metropolitan Society," was selected in each district to take the initiative in securing a recommendation for the "appointment of a 'representative on the Board for all societies in the district. A meeting for the purpose of making recommendations would bo held at Christchurchon Thursday, February 12, and the Ashburton Association was asked to appoint delegates to attend the meeting.—The president (Mr A. Drunvmond) and the vice-president (Mr J. Cairns) were appointed delegates to the meeting,! and it was agreed to recommend that Mr John Grigg represent the | various societies on the Board, provided he were agreeable to act. In the event of Mr Grigg not being able to act, it I was decided that the Association's delegates be given a free hand in choosing the representative for Canterbury. i

.. The Department of Agriculture wrote' to the effect that the Government; in-; tended-spending a sufficient sum in exhibiting the primary, products and manufactures of this Dominion, at the Panama Exposition. The Prime iMinister would be very pleased to hear that producers are willing to assist-;.by arranging for space at the Exposition' or in any other wav that might, be desirable. Mr E. Clifton, Director of the' Fields and Experimental Farms i Division of the Agricultural DepartJment, had gone to San Francisco in connection with the exhibit. It was proposed to establish a central committee for the Exposition in Wellington,! and advisory committees in. other principal centres. Exhibits from particularcounties would be housed in separate courts. —The letter was received. V ■•;..': Three new members' were elected. ■■

It was agreed to arrange for a sheaftossing competition at the show,, prizes to be 30s arid 15s. Messrs. J; Cairns and J. Cow were appointed to supervise the competition. : .. . v' - -.'; Special prizes werf ; announced- as follows:---A £5 gold-piece, '■ by the Honorary Territorial Association (for the best turned-out Territorial). For this competition, the president and vice-president offered £1 Is each as second prize. Five guineas, by Mr D. G. Wright .{fpr most points in live stock). One guinea, by. Mr J. McLauchlan (for best colt or filly foal by " Royal Premier"). The Finance Committee recommended the following improvements:—The erection of 38 stalls for draught horses, adjoining the present,^talls : on the saleyards boundary; the v removal of the present unfinished line of sheep pens from the line near the judging ring to the other side, and add 64 additional pens; the provision of feed boxes for all cattle stalls; the extension of the water supply to the bottom of the cattle pens; and the,provision of two barrels to serve as drinking troughs.—The recommendations were adopted. The Grounds Committee reported having closed wih Mr McDonnell for a lease of the Show Grounds for a further term of one year, at a rental of ,£3O. Satisfactory arrangements had been made whereby the grounds would be kept in better condition than previously.—Approved. .

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A. & P. ASSOCIATION., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8791, 11 February 1914

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A. & P. ASSOCIATION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8791, 11 February 1914