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It is stated on authoratative information (says the Marlborough "Express ■") that the exodus of live sheep from Kaikoura to Canterbury this .season will total fully 70,000. '

The present shearing season is a record one in point of lateness, so far' as the district around Levin is. concerned. The "Chronicle" states that at: Mr J r 'R: * McDonald's Heatherbrae run there

are some five or six thousand sheep still unshorn, 'thotigh a full board is ■daily at ."work with the machines. !

Many are the uses of a motor-car (says the Stratford '"Post"), but here is an ingenious one. Mr T. Chamney, of Tarata, finding difficulty in securinfe motive-power for chaffcutting, rigged up a contrivance in connection with •his car, and. cut 15 tons of chaff in fine style. Outside his labour in making the platform for the car and other work, the cost of the job amounted to two tins of benzine.

A pronounced activity characterises vtlie dairying industry throughout ■Southland at the present time (the "News " states), and there is every likelihood that the output this season will be a record for the province. 'Up to date a total of 43,914; crates, 39,829 <of which were consigned to London and 4085 to the West of England, have been shipped at Bluff, these figures when compared with those of last season for the same period show an increase of 2809 crates. • . ]

There are indications,, says Dr. Oockayne, of the Department of Agriculture, that the fungus known as Cal^fornian thistle rust may probably prove valuable in the control of one of our worst weeds. The fungus which causes the disease is one of the true rusts, and its attacks are restricted .to Galifornian thistle and cornflour (centaurea cyanus). No • other plants are subject to infection. ■Artificial infection •of young plants is suggested.

.Several prominent Wairarapa farmers expresed the opinion to a Pahia•tua ''Herald" representative that chaff was likely to be plentiful-in that district this season. The oat crops are considered to be heavier than for a number of years past, while many of the fields of golden grain were harvested in fine weather. Consequently the quality of,the chaff should be good although in some instances the proportion of straw will be greater than usual.

Australia is becoming, quite a good market for New Zealand Romneys, and for some considerable time shipments have been going on on behalf of private breeders and dealers. At present the Romneys in Australia are said to be a middling lot, and the Dominion breeders have been discussing «the question of sending over a representative shipment.. The Council of the Romney Marsh Sheep Breeders' Association "some time ago set up a sub-committee to consider a proposal for the Association to arrange for a shipment of some really good rams to the Sydney sheep sale at Easter time. The - sub-commit-tee met on the Feilding Show Grounds on Tuesday, and tlecided that, in view of the fact that there was such a good market in New-Zealand for rams this •season, the proposal to ship to Australia be dropped this year. |

New Zealand's batter trade with Vancouver has now attained considerable proportions, and it will be interesting (says the "Post") to watch future developments in connection with the export of meat and fruit from thiscountry to Canada and San Francisco. A trial shipment of 1000 cases of peaches will be sent to Vancouver on the 27th inst. by the Aorangi. Space for the number of cases mentioned lias been secured by tho Moutere Fruitgrowers' Association, Nelson. The fruit will be sent in cool chambers to San Francisco, and will be transhipped from there to Vancouver. There is a Government guarantee of Id per lb 'net return to the growers. An effort was made to get accommodation for half the .shipment"''by this month's boat, but the association was unable to secure the space.

With reference to the havoc being played with the tomato crop in many .parts of New f Zealand by blight a correspondent has forwarded the following clipping:—;'A discovery of considerable importance to gardeners, and tomato growers particularly, has been made by Mr D. Henderson, of Vogelto\yn (Wellington), gardener to Mr R. Cocl-:.; Mr Henderson has been experimenting with a mixture for the prevention of blight in tomatoes for several years, and now claims to., have, .found the exact chemicals necessary to serve the ourposft. He groes tomatoes extensively at his home, as photographs of •his glass-house show* and although the plants, were in the first instance touch■ed with the.blight, after being sprayed fecfcly free and bearing fruit profusely. Mr Henderson secured a .slip from a badly-infected plant and completely got rid of the disease, until now the plant is quite three feet high and is well laden with fruit, Specimens of fruit have been exhibited." If this is a genuine, .preven tative," • onr correspondent states, it will be as A'ahiableas a potato blight cure would'be! '.'•'•■

In reference to diminution in milkflow of dairy stock during a spell of fine weather, Mr T. W. Lonsdale, manager of the Moumahaki State Farm, tokl a "Chronicle" reporter that if farmers would only go in for scientific farming, and get out*^. of the ground what it is capable of producing, there would not be the perennial cry regarding the shortage of feed. To show what might be accomplished under proper methods, he mentioned that he had. 25 dairy, cows, nine brood mares, and 40 sheep running on 23 acres of land, and yet the cow.y were keeping up well. He •Supplies them with chou moulier at the < r i fo of 'ICOlb per cow per day, and if dairy farmers would only make the (

necessary provision in green feed they would be well repaid for the labour and foresight. Farmers, he said, could have a variety of crops going, so that if one failed, there would be others to fall back upon. It was all a matter of ai'range•nient and management, and if his suggestions were adopted, there would not be the diminution of butter fat returns there are.

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AGRICULTURAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8791, 11 February 1914

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AGRICULTURAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8791, 11 February 1914

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