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After a lengthened period of dry weather, extending over the whole year, heavy, rains have set iD, and seem likely to continue. The whole of South Otago has received a thorough soaking, and the water-conrses are <again running full. Fortunately farmers bad got their grain in the ground before the Tain came, and lambing is well through, eo that the downpour has not caused a great deal of inconvenience. There is quite a panic in the sheep market, and at Gore last week thousands of stores were offered, and only very few pens found Tjuyers, and these at ruinous prices. It is ■estimated that the sheep-dealers in the South will lose a lot of money this spring, and a great many graziers have fed eheep all winter for nothing. The export trade in fat mutton is exceedingly dull and prices low, in sympathy with the London markets.

Thi3 trade is drifting to the bad rapidly, and no one seerna to take the slightest interest. A good freezing wether is now only worth about 2s per quarter, and yet the people of Dunedin have to eat old ewes retailed to the consumer at 3d to 4d per lb. Whilst freezing wethers are so cheap, it is a-great Bhame that city people should be compelled to feed on old ewe mutton and cow beef. Any amount of animals are trucked away to Burnside and sold as fats that are only fit for boiling down, and it is time the trade were put on a different footing.

The trout angling season opened with some fair takes of small fish, big ones being conspicuous by their absence. The fact is that the trout streams have been so heavily poached of late years that there is hardly a fair-sized fish left. The Otago Acclimatisation Society seem quite unable to cope with the. poaching nuisance, and their loss in revenue must therefore be considerable. Hundreds of men and boys, including the society's honorary rangers, fish and shoot without licenses, and far more game is killed by unlicensed sports than by those who are duly qualified to fish and shoot. Since the days of the late Ranger Burt the Otago Acclimatisation Society have never had a man capable of coping with the poaching fraternity.—[Own Correspondent.]

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SOUTH OTAGO NOTES., Issue 10445, 15 October 1897

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SOUTH OTAGO NOTES. Issue 10445, 15 October 1897

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