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Western District

STOCK NOTES. SHEEP IN DEMAND. RECORD SALE AT OTAUTAU. NORTHERN FARMERS COMING SOUTH. GRAIN, LIME, AND TIMBER. THE OLD CRY—”NO TRUCKS.” The weather continues perfect, and is thus having a beneficial effect on all pasture and stocv. Grass is st ill growing and looking remarkably well for this season of the year. The very fine autumn we are having will u© doubt cheapen turnip crops, which —with a few exceptions—have not been touched j-et. Sheep are still hardening in value, and appear to be wanted, especially breeding ewes. This is probably due to farmers finding the fat lamb business one of the most profitable they can touch. There appears to be a feeling in the district that Canterbury will want a' lot of sheep from the South in the spring of 'the year. If this proves correct, there is no doubt sheep will be at record prices in spring. There appears to be a drift of Northern farmers southwards, or rather westwards, at present, as I hear of several farms having changed hands lately at satisfactory prices. It is very evident these men are gradually becoming educated to the fact that Southland can more than hold its own with any part of the country. Speaking of sales, we are getting very large sheep sales in all quarters of the district at present, and anything - in the shape of a sheep is bringing remarkably fine prices. Otautau s last sale proved a record one, every available space being taken up with temporary yards, while several lots could not got to the yards at all. An extra sale is being- advertised for Otautau next Monday, to help to meet the demand for sheep. Mr Cochrane, of Lochiel, had a splendid sale last week. The day was perfect, the crowd was large,.the stock Al, and the prices remarkable. If anything could be called cheap at this sale, the lot fell to Mr F. lb-ice, in the shape of a nice line of ewe lambs 1 . There was keen demand for Mr Cochrane’s ewes, and no doubt they will do well on being shifted to fresh fields and pastures hew. I hear great complaints at present re the shortage of railway trucks. They are simply not to be had. Why this should be is hard to explain, as the grain going away is nothing like the quantity in former years. Timber continues to go forward in laige quantities, and one naturally wonders where it all goes- to. rt is very evident there is a lot of building going on somewhere. Lime is also going forward largely, but I hoar the same complaint regarding these industries : -‘not sufficient trucks available.” I hear the Rev, H. H. Barton, of Westport, whom I believe has lately taken unto himself a better half, is to be inducted into the Limestone Plains Parish on the 26th.

I also note that we are to have Mr T. Mackenzie, M.H.8., speaking on the Land Bill in various centres. Where is the Minister of Bands 9 Probably he will follow.

The shooting season starts in another week, and I believe ducks are plentiful in all quarters, but no doubt after the first few shots they will be all found on Mr Foster’s lagoon at Thornbury, where they know they are safe. April 28th.

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Western District, Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 4, 27 April 1907

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Western District Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 4, 27 April 1907

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