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The oomplete ohange in feed conditions in Canterbury from tbe drought two months ago, when tbe plains were burnt and arid and sven the hills of Banks Peninsula wera parched and whits as compared with their usual green, aui the present wonderful growth which is move like en exuberant spring growth, told its tale at tbe big Ppn. infcuU Ewe Fair at Messrs H Matson and Co.'s saleyards, Little River, on Tuesday last. Tbis wonderful growth has made the I demand for ewes very aoute, as daring the I dry summer months the province has been relieving itself of its burden of stock, and now stook ia being Bought for the abundance of feed available. This was perhaps the cbief factor in the success of the autumn ewe fair.

Another faotor, however, wao rflspopsible for tbe success of tbe sale, nnd tbat was the condition of tbe sheep yarded. The condi tion of thtse annual drafts from the Peninsula is usually very good indeed, and it might easily bave been expected that this year's drafts would show a big deoline on the usual condition. But such was not the case. Tbe sheep yarded oould hardly be termed drought worn sheep—sheep thot bad jnst managed to maintain their constitution through the trying dry summer. This wbh far from noticeable. The sheep really were on a whole in first olass condition, and compared with other ewe fairs held at Cnlrerden, Hawanjen and elsewhere in Canterbury recently the Peninsula sheep yarded on Tuesday were in prime condition. This is another testimony to tbe value of Banks Peninsula as grazing country, and just goeß to prove that despite tbe severest drought Canterbury has experienced for many years oar well-watered hills will still keep our stook going. Tho yarding of cheep inoluded about 7,200 sheep, most of whioh were two-tooth and oound-moutb ewes, with a few lines of cull lomba and wethers. The big draft of two-tooth tbreequarterbred twea from Kinloch were very keenly sought after, and ono line of these went as high aa 31s 6d, a reoprd for tbe Peninsula, and a good prioe for Can-

terbury There were a cumber of other eood lines yardod ; viz., the drafts from Mr R J Fleming, Port Levy, which realised 2ls 9d for sound~moutb ewes, and aDolher line 223 5d for sound-mouth ewe* ; Messrs Goodwin, Bros.. Pigeon Ba7, 243 for soundmouth pwos ; Mrs R Birdlmg, for two tootb ewes 253 9d; Mr Wynn'Williams, Little River, 23-? for sound mouth ewes; Mr T Feather, Kinlocb, 24s 7d for two tootb ewe?. The range of priceß was : —Two tooth ewe 3 from 18a Gd (passed) to 31.8 fid, sound-mouth ewes 14s 3d to 243, full-mouth ewes 12s 8d to 13s, call lam's 7a for poor, 9a to 14s Id for better quality and 19a 3d for good; fat iwo-tooth weibers to 24s 7d, store wethers 21s sd. and rams up to 3gs. The following are the sales : — Messrs H. Matson and Co sold—On account of J F Buobanan, Kinloeh. in conjunction with Messrs Pyno and C 0.—416 two>tontb ewes 3ls, 149 two-toolh owes 28s 3d, 124 two tooth ewes 31a 6d, 112 three quarter-bred sound month ewes 24s 9d, 120 sound mouth ewaj 235. 70 two-tooth eweß 29a 44 balf bied ewes 19i 3d.

On account Goodwin Bros., Pigeon Bay— 60 sound-mouth ewes 245. v On account of R J Fleming, Port Levy— 382 sound-mouth ewes 22a sd.

Other sales were—lß two-tooth ewes 21b 19d, 40 two tooth ewes 25a 6d, 60 two-tooth ewes 21s 9d, 68 two-tooth ewes 143 9d, 64 sound-month ewes 16s, 120 sound-mouth ewes 15s, 104 sound-mouth ewes 203 Id. 80 183 9d, 139 sound-mouth ewes 14s 3d, 127 sound-mouth ewes 18d lCd (passed), 35 lambi 10s 3d, 101 lambs 14s Id, 20 lambs 19s 3d, 115 lambs 1U lOd. 169 lamba lie 20 lambs 12s 9d, 20 lambs 5s Gd, and a line of rams at 3 guinese.

Messrs Fyne and Co fold on acoouDt of Mr T Feather, Einloch—lß3 sound mouth ewes 19s 6d,

On acoount of Mrs R Birdling—-113 twotooth ewes 24s 9d, 173 two-tooth ewee 24b 6d 410 two-tooth ewes 25s 9d, 119 two tooth ewes 21s, 111 two tooth ewes 21a 6d

On account of Wynn-Williams— sound-mouth ewes 235.

On account of Gracia's Estate—l4o two tooth we'hers 24s 7<l-

Other sales were—l 24 two tooth ewes 19s 9d,"24 two tooth ewes 17s, 274 sound-mouth ewes 20s 4d, 194 sound-mouth ewes 15s 4d, 150 sound mouth ewes 20s, 180 sound-mouth ewes 183 6d, 224 cull lambs 12s, 48 cull lambs 7s, 20 cull lambs 4s Cd 135 cull lambs 14b Id.

N.Z. Farmers' Ccrop Association sold - 145 two tooth ewes 29a, 130 two tooth ewes 23s 6d (passed), 178 two-tooth ewes 18s 6d (passed), 77 sound-mouth ewes 19. 23 hjaok ewes 17s 7d, 120 sound-mouth ewes 12s 3d, 347 sound-mouth ewes 15s 6d (passed), 200 sound-mouth ewes 17s 3d, 159 sound-mouth ewes 16s 3d (passed). N.Z.Loan and Mercantile Agenay Co sold 19 two-tooth owes 183 6d (passed), 180 sound mouth ewes 14s Bd, 146 store wethers 21s 5d 13 lambs 9a, 76 lambs 10s 9d (passsed) 56 lambs 12a lOd. CATTLE SALE. A cattle sale was held after the the sheep sals, and Messrs H Matson and Co. report the following saleß—2 fat heifars £11 2s 6d, 3 fat heifers £9 15s, 6 fat heifers £11, 10 fat heifers £10 15s, 2 empty oows, £3, 3 year' lings £3 10s (passed), 6 calves 30s, cow in milk £7, 6 calves 31s, 4 calves 445, 3 year* ling heifers £5 2s, 8 yearling steers £6 ISs 6d, 3 empty oows £6 7s 6d, 9 yearlings £4 Is, 19 yearlings £3, 4 yearlings £-5 Is 3d.

Messrs Pyoe and Co. sold—s springers £9 (passed), 6 forward heifers £7 163, 20 two* and half'yeav steers £8 17« 6d.

Other sales were 30 yearlings £4 5s (passed) 15 yearling heifers 55s (passed) 30 oalves £2.

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BANKS PENINSULA EWE FAIR., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3530, 24 March 1916

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BANKS PENINSULA EWE FAIR. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3530, 24 March 1916

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