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Although prices of fat sheep will probably rule very high within the I next three months, it ie hardly likely that anything approaohirig the pricps 1 fchafc rule in Victoria will be touched I Writing upon this subject, Mr H. M. ! Matron, an uncle of Mr h. Mafcson, of I Christchurcb, ascribed the situation jto the drought which the State has suffered from very severely. Mr Matson has known the far-famed western districts .of Victoria since i 1814, and lately made a trip through j the country adjacent to Colas, CamS per,down, and Terang. These districts are closely settled, and dairying is largely followed; Some of the small holders in these parts have lost the whole of their herds of from 30 to 90 cows. Many of them spent over £100 in buying feed to try and save them, but with chaff at £11 to £12

per too they could not keep this going. The Gippsland district is just as badly off,' and to accentuate the trouble very wintry conditions were experienced at the end of May.

It is small wonder that under these circumstances fat stock are dear. Melbourne agricultural papers, rej porting ou the Newmarket sales, on May 25, stated that prime wether mutton, exclusive of skin and offal, made 8d to 9d per lb, special qualities frequently selling higher. Good and useful shop quality sold at 7|d to 8d per lb. Plain light; mutton was worth 6d to per lb. Prime ewe occasionally higher. Good useful shop quality 7d to lid per lb. Choice quality lamb brought 8d to 9d per lb;, good quality made about 7 A-α , per lb, and sometimes higher.

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DROUGHT IN VICTORIA., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3467, 22 June 1915

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DROUGHT IN VICTORIA. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3467, 22 June 1915

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