A & P. ASSOCIATION.
The General Committee of the Ashburton A. and -P. Association met on Saturday afternoon, Mr J. Cow presiding. Before commencing the business the president stated ' that since the last meeting an old. member of the association (the late Mr M. G. Eich) had passed away. The late Mr Rich was a vice-president of the association, and in the past had taken an active interest in the welfare of the association. A letter of sympathy had been sent to the widow by the secretory. The Canterbury Progress League wrote asking for endorsement in regard to the proposals for extension of hydroelectric power in Canterbury.—The committee unanimously agreed to endorse the proposal. A letter was also read from the Progress League in regard to requesting the Government to speed, up the construction of the. Otira Tunnel, and also for better rail facilities to Lyttelton.—The chairman stated that the league should have mentioned improvements to all the railways.—lt was agreed to support the league as reouested. ;
Mr F Fcrriinan wrote offering £10 10s for first prize, £5 5s for second, and, £3 3s for third, for the best troop horses owned and mounted by returned soldiers at the next show.—lt was derided to thank Mr Ferriman for his donation. The chairman reported that he and Mr Lill had conferred with the Wheat Controller in regard to relief for growers in the County. He considered th« Controller was doing a-11 he could to relieve the position, and that the control was in good 'hands.—Mr A. Drummond stated that the Government could assist in the matter of storage by allowing the goods sheds at country stations to be utilised for storage.—Mr Cow replied that if they asked for the sheds they wijuld be referred to the Railway Department, and as that Department was surrounded by red tape, they would not get much satisfaction. Since the meeting of farmers in Ashburton regarding the wheat question some relief had been given to farmers, and he considered they could safely leave the matter of further relief in the hands of the Controller. lie also wished to state that the. Wheat Control Department was one of the best managed of. Government Departments. A circular letter was received from the Council of Agriculture in regard to remits for the annual Conference of A. and P. Associations. A clause in the letter recommended —" That, except in the case of conference remits relating:, to rnles and regulations governing A. and P. Associations and shows, which,'/, if carried by a three-fourths majority, of the conference, shall bo deemed operative and binding in all A. and: Pj . Societies affiliated thereto."—The chairman stated the association should take strong exception to this clause. It apneared that Manawatu and other strong . A. and P. Associations had very little sympathy with the smaller A. and/P. Associations, and wanted to rule the roost. Manawatu possessed one or two wind-bags, who, at conferences, attempted to talk other delegates blind.—-; At the chairman's suggestion a com- , mittee was set up to consider the letter and report to next_ meeting. .i ;. Several letters ivero received 'from judges, expressing .appreciation of the general arrangements at the-show and" thanks for the way they were catered for by the association while visiting the show.
Detailed reports were submitted from various stewards in connection with various sections at the show.—Mr A. Drummond. in his report, suggested that a road should be opened at the southern side of tho grounds in order to make the main entrance in that locality, and thus shorten the distance for town visitors.—Mr. F. Frampton. in his report, suggested that a, portion of the cattle pens should be re-built and covered in and feeding-boxes provided. He emphasised the fact that it was not satisfactory to have cattle competing in the milking competitions left in an open pen over-night exposed to the weather.
A third judging ring for cattle was also necessary.—The chairman stated that the reports would be dealt with in detail by the incoming committees with a view to carrying out suggested .improvements.
Messrs D. McKenzie. J. Copland, and Mrs M. G. Lyon (Ashburton) were elected life members of the association. It was decided to fix the annual meetin v for June 21.
The _ chairman thanked .-ill tho members of the committee for tho way they had assisted to make the recent show a success. Tho show had resulted in a. small debit- balance, but they should not look at;the monetary side, but at the general good the show did to the farming community. The show was a distinct success, and one of tho best ever held locally. The committee had noticed some defects, and'one in regard to the,..luncheon. The accommodation for this department was too limited, and., revenue', was thus lost -through people objecting to being crowded. An attempt would be made to remedy tin's for next show. " r
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9607, 12 May 1919
A & P. ASSOCIATION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9607, 12 May 1919
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