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By way of comparison, the Minister of Lands has bad prepared a return showing the number of sheep in the sheep districts of the colony at the end of May, 1888, and 1889, also showing the increase during the latter year. It is as follows

Of the total increase of 346,727 the North Island is credited with 280,230, and the South Island 66,497.

May SI, May 31, In1888. 1889. crease. Auckland .. 350,716 381,901 31,185 Hawke’s Bay 3,066,729 3,194,784 128,055 Wellington and West Coast 2,251,551 2,372,541 120,990 Marlborough and Nelson 772,516 804,710 32,164 Canterbury and Kaikouta 4,778,177 4,800,051 26,874 Otago 8,827,479 3,834,938 7,469 Totals.. - 15,042,193 15,388,925 346,727

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SHEEP RETURNS., Issue 8038, 15 October 1889

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SHEEP RETURNS. Issue 8038, 15 October 1889

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