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! ..BELATED SHEARING. The recent spell of fine weather'haa _.. been most advantageous to Peninsula -c. farmers, who are anxious to finish '-H , their shearing before the cocksfoot "' season commences. The shearing on . \'" Banks Peninsula ibis year ig quite \ six weeks later than usual, and there ' ] is not much prospect of the formers * SJ$ being finished, before another fort- -i| night even if the weather continues '*m fine. At Mr W. H. Montgomery's -p shed in Little River shearing, was commenced early in November, and J was only finished this week. Mr J. ._ a F. Buchanan's Einlooh shad alao - t .. 1 finished out this week after nearly u Jf| two months delay. These are only . y$ typical cases showing how seriously : \ shearing has been delayed on the-, ;V# Peninsula this year, owing to the heavy and continuous rains in November and Deoenober. - , THE COCKSFOOT SEASON. % The last week of warm weather has 0a made.a great difference to the ap* \.Wjjt pearance of the cocksfoot paddocks, jjfli and the successful flowering period --JB should mean good germination and >i9fl yielding for the 1914 harvest. Even -%S now the early paddocks are sbowingj|||jj| out brown against the hillside?, another week or ten days should;'see the commencement of the reaping in jlll the earliest paddocks, The amount H<||j of cocksfoot area on Banks this year is very much reduced account of the poor prices paid seed last year. In Little River area has been reduced by at least one* '|IS| third, and in the Bays the paddocki/fpll usually shut up have been grazed, that this year's orop will be consider- '3gjKk

ably smaller than for a number of jears past. The record harvest of last year ha-t glutted the market pretty well, and there seems no present indication of a rise in tbe price of seed for this year at least, Tbe eeed should be of excellent quality should tbe weather continue fine for the harvesting. There has been a tremendous growth of course, and tbe 'present warm weather is hardening up the cropg well. The prospects of labour for harvesting the crop* are good, as there should be* an influx of men from the Lyttelton unemployed afc present from the recent etrike. Even now there are a number of men looking for jobs, so that labour should not ba jo uncertain as it was last year. It is evident that there must be a drop in the price of wage*, as the poor prices received for seed will force contractors to employ men afc a lower wage, as they themselves have ac cepted seed on terms much lower than those paid last year. Farmers who let contraots for 2d per lb. last year aie only allowing lsd this year, so that contractors who were paying Is 9d per hour last year for skilled labour will only be able to offer Is 6d or Is 3d this year. This, however, is a good wage, and should not deter a good influx.of labour. Present indications are very propitious for a splendid harvesting season, and, if fine weather continues without any seriously long break, contractors and men should do well, despite lower contract prices and wages.

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FARMING NOTES., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4361, 3 January 1914

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FARMING NOTES. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4361, 3 January 1914

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