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As has been our custom for many years past, we last night undertook a tour of inspection of the butchers' shops in Nelson where was to be seen a display of bullocks' calves, sheep, lambs, and pigs of which our town had no reason to be ashamed. The quality of the meat, the manner in which the carcases were dressed, and the decorations of the ships were alike creditable to the proprietors of the different establishments, to whose hands, as was clearly shown by last night's display, might safely be entrusted the catering for the Christmas dinner tables

even of those who may be far more fastidious than the people of Nelson. The first shop we visited was Mr. Barnebt's. Here were three noble beasts supplied by Messrs Stafford, Condell, and Northam, the latter of whom might well be proud of the splendid heifer which had been reared and fattened on his farm and last night furnished the most attractive object in Mr Barnett's shop. From the same farm had come one of the finest calves we have ever seen, the meat being as white and delicate as could be wished for by the most exacting epicure. Two six months old pigs, in capital order without being too fat, from Mr Condell's farm, some fine cross-bred lambs weighing between 50 and 60 lbs from Mr Wastney's, aud a few very fat Wanganui sheep complete the list of the contents of Mr Barnett's shop, and if he was not proud of his Christmas show he ought to have been. We rather think he waa. Our next visit was to Mr. Kerr's. The quality of the meat here was excellent, although the various carcases wer* scarcely so fat as those which came under our notice in other shops, the proprietor apparently being a little too practical merely to create a display. To sell seemed to be his object rather than to show, and it may be that he was right. Messrs Canning and Bell supplied two of the three bullocks that were hung up within this shop, and Wanganui the third. Mr Bolton, of Waimea West, had supplied some capital sheep and lambs, Mr Canning three little Berkshire pigs, that in life must have been as pretty as pigs could be. There was a fine calf of Mr Kerr's own rearing, and nine sucking pigs, which were laid out in the most tempting manner, also came from his farm. Mrs. Bird's was the next shop to attract our attention, and we thought a good deal more of the remarkably fine show of meat here on learning from Mr C. Bird that the whole of it was N:-;<*nii grown. A splendid cow, bred by Mania, the Maori, and fattened in Mrs Bird's paddocks, was the admired of all admirers, a younger heifer, bred by Mr Ingles of Riwaka, running her very close for first honors. This latter took the first prize for two-year-old heifers at the late Agricultural Show at Richmond. There were some fine cross bred sheep, owing their condition to the excellence of the pasture in Mrs Bird's paddocks, lambs, than which none better could be desired, from Mr Henry Challis', two pigs, one a little beauty, from Mr Wastney's and Mr Dyson's, and a calf, not over fat, bred and reared by Mr A. Richmond. Mr. Warren showed two splendid beasts bred and fattened by Mr Best- of Apppleby, soma sheep in excellent condition picked up from various farms in the Waimea, a few very tempting looking lambs of his own breeding, pigs in prime order from Mr Bartlett's farm at Appleby, and a calf which had evidently not been stinted in the matter of milk. Mk, Pratt had a fine show of beef, consisting of two heifers of his own feeding. No one who sits down to a joint from either of these on Monday will have occasion to grumble at hia Christmas fare. Some sheep supplied by Mr Marsden, of Stoke, were perfect marvels in the way of mutton, a mountain of fat about the size of a shilling cake rising over the tails of each. Such sheep were never seen in Nelson before. Mr Thompson provided the lambs, which did credit to his flock, and the pigs, which were in capital order, hailed from Mr Wastney's. Mr. Trask's was the last shop we visited, and here the display of meat, as it always is, was really first-class. There were two splendid beasts, one, a monster weighing close on 1 100 lbs, having taken the prize for fat cattle at the Richmond Show. Some of the sheep were from Mr W. Newport's farm at Appleby, and three of them came from Wanganui, where they reeently took prizes. Mr Newport also provided a very fine calf, and from his farm came some of the lambs, the others being supplied by Mr Bolton, all of them being in the very best of condition. Of the pigs, one was of Mr Trask's breeding and fattening, and the other was from Mr S. Gifford's farm. This concluded our inspection of the very attractive butchers' shops, which were visited during the evening by hundreds of people. The Artillery Band turned out and contributed largely to the liveliness of the scene, playing before each of the butchering establishments in town. One very gratifying feature in last night's show we must not omit to mention. We refer to the fact that with a very few exceptions— one bullock and about a dozen sheep— the whole of the meat was Nelson grown, whereas last year the greater part of the beef and mutton came from Wanganui.

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CHRISTMAS MEAT., Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XI, Issue 280, 23 December 1876

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CHRISTMAS MEAT. Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XI, Issue 280, 23 December 1876

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