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Farmstead.

THE EXCHANGE., Messrs McKay Bros, report of sales on Saturday last ; Poultry—Medium entry. Hens 2s to 2s Id, roosters 2s to 2s 7d, ducks 2s 4d to 3s Id, turkey gobblers 12s 6d, hens 1 and chicks 7s 6d. Pigs—Suckers 18s 6d to 23s 6d. General Produce.' —Potatoes (little or no demand) 2s to 5s per bag, onions (market firming) 8s per cwt., wheat 19s 6d per bag, oats 15s 6d, carrots 3s 6d to 2s 6d. Fruit. —Bananas 2s 9d to 12s 6d. pines 10s 6d, lemons 10s 6d, oranges 7s to Ba, mandarins Bs, apples (Hobart) 9s 9cl to 12s Gd, local apples 6s to 6s 6d (clone), rhubarb 3d to 4d per lb. * INVERCARGILL HORSE MARKET Messrs J. A. Mitchell and Co. report ;—We had a very good attendance on Saturday last of both town and country buyer’s, the principal attraction out of an entry of forty-five horses being a. shipment of twenty draughts and spring - carters imported from Victoria by Mr Frank Williams. Competition for this lot was very good, the result being that fourteen of them changed hands at rates quite equal to .-those lately ruling here. Best horses brought up to £45, the lot averaging £3l. On account of other vendors we sold draughts at £36, £33 10s f Q r a three-year-old filly by Clydeside ; other aged sorts at £23 to £lO. Although several useful hacks and light harness horses came forward, the demand was not too brisk, excepting for host animals. One upstanding four-year-old, a nice moving filly, brought £26 10s.. Another strong five-year-old do passed in at £24 10s, ordinary and aged £■l2 to £7, old stale sorts not inquired for. OTAGO CENTRAL NOTES. .WEATHER, STOCK. AND CROPS. THE CONSUMPTIVE SANATORIUM. So far we have experienced very unfavourable spring weather. The rainfall has not been sufficient to give the land a good soaking. and of late we have been getting - cold, cutting winds, which have kept back all growth. Stock are still being ded with chaft and straw. A large quantity of molasses has been used here this season for feeding stock. The A. and P. Society are building a fine hall on their property adjoining the township. The local store has again changed hands, Mr Armstrong - having sold out to Mr Horne.

A few fishermen arc now to he seen, but I have not heard of any heavy baskets. Indeed, I would be surprised to hear of any, as the creeks got a great cleaning out last summer during the very dry weather, when thousands of trout were killed.

Some very nice brairds are to be seen, but the small birds have been very hard on grain crops this year.. Shearing has started in one or two places, but it will be a month yet before many are done.Middlemarch has been pretty much before the public of late in connec-

tion with the proposal to buy the residence of the I'ato Mr J. M. Gillies for a consumptive sanatorium. The site is separated from the school glebe by only the width of the road, and is only 61 chains from tho nearest bakery. The drainage comes right into the township, and goes past the local creamery. The site is also on the side of the township from which the prevailing breezes blow, and the wind would bring the dust right into the shops. The site itself would never have even been looked at, if it were not for the house erected on it, and the good advertising of the selling agents. It is a monstrous thing to put a place like that amongst the population, when only a few* miles distant by good roads there are thousands of superior sites which could bo obtained on Crown land. There were some heavy losses of lambs last week owing to the cold nd stormy weather. Midcilcmarch, October 11th..

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Farmstead., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 26, 19 October 1907

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Farmstead. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 26, 19 October 1907

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