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Sir.—Kindly allow me space through your coiurx U3 to contradict a local quoting the price jjr harvesting oooksfoot for the coming season, wbioh appeared in your pap r some time ftgo. It stated that in consequence of th. fall in the price of seed the contract price would be reduced from twopence per pound to one penny three fatbings at which price contractors oould easily make from £00 to £100 in five or nix weeks. Having had seventeen years experience in grasseeding both by contracts and by tha hour, I must say it is Impossible to easily make the above mentioned amount, and another point is, there is nothing c ay to a contractor during the season for in most places after his days of hard work ha has to run about after provision., and sometimes a good many mile, at bat. I havo been informed tbat there were

i ftw real good chpqu s roads last year, but «ye n. ust remember Mint the yifld was a gor>d bit above the averu-o <i ur.'inary seasons. Another point I must bring under your notice is how readily tbe fiuniers bring down the harves ing price when there is a fall in the market. I have been r tiered several crops for tbe coming Benson but have dec intd to accopt any of thnii, I have offered to take them at two. pence per pound, but the farmers lnu-jh and think it absurd. They seem to (orget that a year or two back when seed went up to sevon pence per pound they wonld not think of giving contractors halves and nothing more than the ordinary two pence. Of course I do know of a few places wb/ re there aro exceptions, but these are few and far between. It soems to ma when seed goes up the farmer has all the benefit but when there is a glut in the market the contractors price must go down although the labour and price of food remain the same. Feir play is bonny play, and my mofc'o is, when seed is up, put up the contractors prices, and when there is a fall, lowei' it, or else ba c a standard price and pay the same year by year. If the farmers will not give the old two pence this season I say ' Strike Contractor Strike,' and let them harvest their own. In spite of the £60 to £100 cheque quoted in your paper I would be quite willing to take £40 for the coming season's work and at tbat offer would have to help with the packingi work which a contractor is never expected to do. Thanking you for your space.—l am etc,


[The local referred to was a contribution from our Port Levy Correspondent, We gave it publicity but we inserted it as a contribution and not as information obtained by our. selves.—Editor Akaroa Mail ]

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COCKSFOOT CONTRACTING., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4350, 25 November 1913

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COCKSFOOT CONTRACTING. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4350, 25 November 1913

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