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The continuous rainy weather is monotonously disnppointing, and is delaying shearing operations to a very extensive dfgrop. The rain, whioh sot in about November 25tb, has con tinued intermittently up to the present time, and yesterday it fall in heavy showers, the creeks being high. The last; few days the wind has been in the north-east quattor, and the weather experienced baa been a misty drizzle, with occasionally heavy ebowers. ... j The sheaving, which has been de layed very considerably owing to the strike, ia now held up altogether, and those who started sheafing a fortnight ago are not rauoh further ahead. The sheep have had time to dry, and » few have been shorn, but before the next paddock has been mustered the rain baa delayed operations again. Tbi) prolonged delay is causing a good deal of anxiety, as there is no prospect of tbe shearing being finished before the cocksfoot season begins. Then there are a good raariy farmers on the Peninsula affected by tbe " biddy-biddy," and it is feared this peati will be seeding before the sheep are shorn, . This is a serious item to many farmers, as the wool depreciates considerably if the sheep come in contact with the " biddy biddy." The hay season is one of the worst experienced for years, and many crops have been epoit, The continuous wet weather is also bating its affect upon the dairy herd?, and the milk supply is falling off with the absence of sunshine to harden the feed. A spell of dry weather would be exceedingly welcome at the present time,

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CONTINUOUS RAIN., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4357, 12 December 1913

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CONTINUOUS RAIN. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4357, 12 December 1913

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