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THE COUNTRYSIDE.

METHVEN AND DISTRICT.

(By . our Travelling Reporter.)

The recent rains have freshened up the country,', but very little improvement has taken place in tho ■'• feed' outlook, many farmers still complain.ing of a shortage of- grass for : sheep. The rain came too late in the season to do much good, and a, trip from Ashburton to Methven and adjoining districts shows that the country's prospects of being able to carry over stock that the freezing companies are unable to take in are not very bright. . The prospects for winter feed are anything but promising, and farmers are naturally anxious to dispose of their surplus stock before'winter sets in.' The root, crops are poor, but 'according to reports, the recent rains freshened them up considerably.

Freezing buyers have been very active during the past week or. so, apparently taking advantage of the drop in prices to fulfil requirements. ' Larger consignments 'than usual are leaving the Methven station almost daliy. On Tuesday last a special train, comprising 38 trucks, took a consignment of fats from the Methven district to the freezing works. '

■■The position that has arisen in regard to. the disposal of this season's wheat is looked upon by growers in the. Methven district as a, serious matter. The yield throughout is reported to be above expectations, and the threshing season being practically :completed, ■ there are thousands* of sacks lying,in. the paddocks with no immediate prospect of disposing of them or getting them into storage. Anticipating events, farmers who have.no storage accommodation, have laid their sacks on good, thick straw bottom's, and have covered them well, but even with these precautions, if the weather is at all stormy, the grower is taking a big risk of the commodity being damaged. Many are also anxious to. .get their carting through before the ground becomes too soft, which makes the'work of transport difficult. There was • a time when it paid growers to hang on for an improvement in the price,' but there is no inducement in this respect, this season, and all are., naturally.anxious to dispose of their stocks as quickly as possible. . . ■ .V At pres_ent two haulers and several horse teams are engaged carting wheat to the Methven station,, but comparatively small quantities are leaving the goods shed, which had as much grain stored' in it yesterday as : it. could accommodate. As is the experience -. in other centres .there is- an acute shortage of trucks,, .and the inability of the Railway Department to provide these facilities has b^en the subject of some very severe criticism. :To make matters, worse., no domute .announcement ..can be given as to when, trucks, will be. available. In view of the large quantity of produce,. etc., that is "carried, over the .Rakaia-Methven branch line, farmers aud others consider they are being most unfairly treated in the matter of railway I'acilitieS.

At a meeting of local cricketing enthusiasts on Wednesday night, it was unanimously resolved to form a club to be known as the Methven Cricket Club. The matter of laying down an asphalt pitch in the Domain was discussed, and a committee was appoint-: ed to make arrangements to have the work put in hand as soon as possible. The matter of raising funds' was also the subject of a debate, and it was subsequently resolved to hol<3 . euchre tournaments periodically, throughout the winter months. The subscription was fixed at one guinea, and there;is every prospect of a large membership. Although there has been no club in existence, several matches have been played this season. Abou£ two weeks ago a match was played against a commercial travellers' team from ; Christchurch, the vistors being victorious by* nine wickets. A return match with Rakaia will take place on Saturday.. .

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THE COUNTRYSIDE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9594, 25 April 1919

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THE COUNTRYSIDE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9594, 25 April 1919

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