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Western District.

AN EPIDEMIC OF SALES. TURNIPS. POTATOES. AND CHAFF. RAILWAY GRAIN RETURNS. A CHAMPION STALLION SOLD. This part of the country is having remarkably line weather for this season frosty nights followed by beautiful clear days. In fact, July has been such a line month that I heard the sawmill hands remarking that they had made full time ; but the winter on the whole has been exceptionally good, so consequently farm work is well advanced. There is at present an epidemic raging through the district in the shape of land sales, and quite a number of old-settled places are changing hands at good prices. Agents are busy giving or offering prospective purchasers •‘bargains,"—so they say, but I think the chief item with them is commission. Following land sales are the clearing sales of stock, etc, and after attending two or three of these I have come to the conclusion that a farmer should have a clearing sale every ten years or so, as the quantity of rubbish that gets collected on a Harm in that time wants distributing amongst the neighbours. Mr .las. IV.iird of Isla Bank had a good sale, when most of the implements and stock sold up to full values. Next week I see we have clearing sales at Centre Bush, Wrey's Bush, and Groper's Bush. Truly, at present at any rate, “The multitude goes, like the flower and weed. That wither away to let others sucecd.” I notice there are still some very good crops of swedes not touched, which would no doubt make the eyes of our drought-stricken Northern friends long for a few acres of land, whether freehold or leasehold, in the Sunny South. Potatoes arc still held in fairly large quantities in the country, holders evidently waiting for a doubtful rise. I hear some of the knowing ones predicting- that chaff wHI reach £7 a ton ere long. It certainly is scarce.. I notice in one of the Invercargill papers a,_ list of the grain curried weekly over the railways, showing this season’s to be much in excess of last year, bpt this is not correct, as a large portion of last year’s grain was not threshed until the present season, which really accounts for the difference. I hear the champion sire, ‘ Shopherd King,” has changed hands, but the price has not been divulged. He goes, I understand, so Central Otago.

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Western District., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 16, 3 August 1907

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Western District. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 16, 3 August 1907