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THE EXCHANGE. Messrs McKay Brothers report of actual sales on Saturday last— Cows—2 entered ; sold at £2 ana '£3 6s. Poultry—2lo penned ; hens lOd to Is 7d ; roosters Is 3d to Is 6d ; ducks Is 4d to 2s Id ; pigeons 9dPigs—Suckers 12s Gd to Ids 6d ; slips 22s Gd to 275. Potatoes—Slightly better demand ; £3 5s to £4. Onions—6s 6d to 8s per cwt. Wheat—l2s to 15s. Oats—lls. Fruit. —Oranges 7s to 10s Gd. pears 89 Gd to 11s Gd. apples 7s Gd to 9s, local 2s 6d to ss, plums 21d to 4d, peaches 3d to 4d, tomatoes 2ld to 4d, melons Id per Tb. THE RIALTO. Messrs Wm. Todd and Co. report the following sales on Saturday last Poultry—Large entry ; hens lOd to Is Id, roosters (small) Gd to 9d, larger Is Id to Is Bd, trios Silver iWyandottes 2s Gd to 3s Gd each, ducks Is 8d to 2s. Pigs—Very heavy entry. Suckers (small) 9s'to 10s 6d. larger 11s 3d to 13s, weaners 14s 3d to 17s 9d, stores 23s Gd to 245. General Produce. —Potatoes, £4 a ton ; Victorian Onions (prime) 7s to 8s per cwt. ; Wheat 14s to 15s 6d per sack ; Oats 8s 6d to 11s per sack ; barley Gd per bag ; linseed meal 18s per cwt. ; mill seeds 2s Gd per bag. Fruit—Local Apples 2s Gd per case, peaches 2-id to 3d per lb, INVERCARGILL HORSE MARKET. Messrs J. A. Mitchell and Co. report having held their weekly sale on •Saturday, April 6th, when about 30 horses, a very mixed assortment, came forward. The demand was anything but brisk (excepting for sound young draughts, which were in request), and the majority of the old horses were passed in unsold, while in the hack class, only upstanding, sound sorts were inquired for, fairly good prices being realised for this class. Draughts sold at from £33 downwards, and good sorts are quoted up to £4O, superior animals upwards. Light horses —One nice moving Brooklyn filly, 4 yeans, brought £2l, others £l4 10s downwards, weedy and old sorts not inquired for. THE COUNTRY HOME. In an urgent plea for the country home a writer in an exchange says : "The small farm, fully equipped, thoroughly stocked, highly fertilised, with its permanent pasture lots and orchards with approved appliances for .the dairy and modern conveniences for poultry-raising, with a bountiful garden, and last, but not least, with its ’ attractive, commodious, convenient and comfortable cottage—makes the ideal home of which poets may sing and lovers may dream. If the master of such a home is a practical farmer himself, fully informed, as ho should be, in the minutiae of crop-raising, in horticul-

turc, in the care of live stock, he can with unskilled help conduct his business with success and pleasure. _lf he works with intelligence, thrift, and frugality, he will always have something to sell, be thoroughly independent ; and, in close proximity to a steam or electric road, his family can have many of the advantages of city life, while at the same time they enjoy the freedom, independence and healthfulness of their country home.

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Farmstead., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 2, 13 April 1907

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Farmstead. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 2, 13 April 1907

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