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_ GISBORNE, Seßt!ember 22. ..The area of bush that is being felled in this district this year amounts 'in the aggregate to fully 18,250 acres, and it is estimated that this will involve an expenditure in fe -ll iDg L altme of £ 20.000, whilst £30,000 will be required for ; fencing, **",000 for grass seed sowing, and £22,000 for the 50,000 sheep that will be required to be put upon the country as soon as grass grows, making in all a total expenditure of £84,000 now beingjhade and about to be made in developing settlement hi these parts. The additional area of country being broken up is required to keep pace with the natural increase of the fiopks, as the gross increase last season amounted to 168,000 sheep, and will of course be greater in the present lambing, as the total number of sheep on March 31 last was.only 8,000 short of a million, and this in spite of 79 000 sheep having been sent out of the district in the shape of frozen mutton. Last year’s wool clip amounted to 17,476 bales, bringing in a revenue of £174,781, which, with the receipts from frozen mutton and the other products of the sheep, makes the flocks of the district give a return equal to £220,150, and there are reasons for believing that the approaching wool and meat seasons will give a very substantial increase on that amount.

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THE PROSPERITY 0F POVERTY BAY., Issue 10427, 23 September 1897

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THE PROSPERITY 0F POVERTY BAY. Issue 10427, 23 September 1897

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