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nearly £200 over the sum subscribed by the Belfast | the 2nd. His colour is much in his favour, bis shape committee last year. Of the prize money thus specified, uniformly good, he handles mellow, and on the whole £134 were allocated to shorthorns, horses £400, sheep is a promising and useful bull. £195, swine £60, with equally inviting prizes in the de- Lord of Athelstane, the property of Lord Clarina, partments of poultry, "farm and dairy produce. to whom the Fitzgerald Challenge Cup was adjudged, There are also prizes offered by the South-West Agricul- as being the best bull entered for that prize, is a very tural Society—the dairy cows prizes, the first being 25 stylish animal, descended from the Lamp of Lothian, sovs., and the second 10 sovs., for the best lot of five and bred by Mr. Crosbie, of the County Kerry. dairy cows of any age or breed which have been bona The bull calves, though few in number, maintain
fide milked in a regular dairy establishment in the their position for excellence and purity, and form a season of 1862. The same society offer the Fitzwilliam very interesting adjunct in connection with the show. Walsh Challenge Cup, value £50, to be competed for Passing from the male to the female class we come to by its own members for the best animal in the neat cattle some animals of established fame, and of the choicest classes, which, in the opinion of the judges, possesses pedigree. First in this lot Recherché becomes conmost merit. There is also the Fitzgerald Challenge Cup, spicuous, not because of the many prizes awarded her, the Croker Challenge Cup, value £50, for the best but of her matchless beauty in every particular. She weight-carrying thoroughbred stallion, the Cork Chal- was calved in June 1859, and produced a live calf in lenge Cup, of equal value, for the best shearling rams January last. Her laurels on this occasion consist of in classes F and G, and the Farmers' Gazette Challenge ten sovereigns, as being the best female animal in her Cup, value £50, for the most useful and varied collection class; the gold medal, as being the best of all the prize of agricultural implements.
cows; and the Fitzwilliam Walsh Challange Cup As usual, the shorthorns formed the chief feature in (valué £50), as being the best cow suited for dairy the live stock department. The perfection to which purposes within the district. Last year she occupied a this valuable class of farm animals has been brought similar position in Belfast, as well as at the Royal was more than illustrated to those who gave a retrospec- Dublin Society's show in April last. Captain Ball, the tive glance at the type of animals of the same class ex- owner and breeder of this valuable animal, has been hibited at Limerick in the year 1846, on which occasion equally successful in obtaining several first prizes in the Royal Agricultural Society held the fifth show of its the various Shorthorn departments of the exhibition, formation in that city. Amongst the magnificent animals viz. : Ist, in the section of bull calves ; 2nd, in the exhibited on the present occasion are Soubadar, Lord heifer calves; and three first prizes for his aged heifers John Russell, Sir Colin, and Little Wonder, Soubadar in calf or giving milk. takes all the honours open for competition in his class. Mr. Welsted, of Ballywater, Co. Cork, exhibits three He is.well known as the champion of the Irish shows, pure shorthorn heifers, calved in 1861, which do credit inasmuch as he has never been beaten wherever exhi- to his skill and judgment as a breeder, as well as bited. He is an animal of spotless lineage and sym- | proving remunerative to his enterprise as an exhibitor. metry, and deserving of all the trophies which on this British Queen and Aunt Anne, shown by this gentleman, and on other occasions have been awarded him. He was though awarded only 2nd and 3rd places of merit, calved in February, 1859, and is by the Prince of would be often entitled to higher and more substantial Warlaby, dam Lily by Baron Warlaby.
recognitions. In this section the first prize is awarded Lord John Russell, the winner at Belfast last year, to Pride of Munster, an animal defective in some points, and commended at Leeds, was here passed over un- which are better and more evenly developed than in the noticed ; as was Sir Colin, though at the show in 2nd prize beast, and in this opinion we are justified by Cork in 1860, as well as at one of the shows of the the testimony of some acknowledged judges of shortRoyal Dublin Society, bo occupied the proud position horns. In this adjudication, as well as in the Ayr. which has this year been occupied by Soubadar. shire class, section 17, there are many established The second prize in this section was, after consider- | breeders, who would be differently guided by the chaable and careful deliberations on the part of the judges, racteristic points from which the judges differed in awarded to Little Wonder, the property of Mr. F. w. making their awards in these two instances. Low, Co. Tipperary. The first prize in the yearling of the remainder of the horned-stock classes no parshorthorn bulls fell also to a descendant of Soubadar, ticular comment need be offered further than that the - Jemindar, calved in April, 1861, bred by and in the
entries were few, in some cases confined to the same possession of Mr. William Coppinger, Carrigtowkel, exhibitor. Cork.
The show of sheep formed a redeeming feature in the The judges, in awarding the gold medal for the best character of the exhibition, as did also the display of of all the prize bulls in the yard, experienced consider- horses, which was an exceedingly creditable one. able hesitation ere deciding between the individual George Turner, late of Barton, must have been well points of merit in sire and son as to which the palm repaid for his trip from his success with the Leicesters; ought to be adjudged, and we understand the decision
and Mr. Beale Browne's Cotswolds were again in force in Soubadar's favour was ultimately agreed upon, on in Ireland. In the Shropshire Downs Mr. Charles the ground that the sire of so promising and majestic w. Hamilton had it all his own way, be having a progeny, had established the bes: proof of his own ex
on this, as well as on many previous occasions, obtained cellence, and that this circumstance, which is a very nearly all the prizes in the sections in which he comreasonable one, influenced the award made.
peted. Sheep-farming in Ireland has been rapidly inIn the section of two-year-old bulls the competition creasing, and the individual merits, constitutional fitwas more formidable, though the entries were compara- ness, and general superiority of the various breeds tively few. The well-known character of the herds of of sheep are subjects engaging the greatest amount of the Marquis of Waterford, Lord Talbot-de-Malahide, interest amongst sheep-farmers.
On this branch of Mr. Thomas Barnes (Moynalty), and Captain Ball, was rural industry, as on many others pertaining to Irish creditably represented, and the competing animals farming, a division of opinion provails as to the peculiar bought out to the very best advantage. The first prize adaptation of any particular breed or crosses to the soil, in this section fell to the lot of Victor Emmanuela climate, and other circumstances; and in these days, splendid roan of respectable lineage, and numbers when the shepherd's crook takes the place of the ploughamongst his ancestors the well-known bull Prince Duke share, graziers would do well to investigate the indivi
dual suitability of the many classes of the fleecy flocks Cows in-Calf or in-Milk.-First prize £10, to J. Christy now introduced to their notice, and from which they (Queen of Beauty). Second £5, to J. Christy (Jenny purpose selecting costly animals for the purpose of im- Jenkins). proving those already in their possession.
Heifer In-Calf or In-Milk, not exceeding Three Years Though the show of horses was not so numeri.
Old.--First prize £10, to Thomas Ball (Récherché). Second cally strong as at Belfast last year, yet the prin.
£5, to Sir Robert Paul, Bart. (Evening). cipal prize animals of the Belfast show stand
Heifers not exceeding Two Years Old.--First prize £10,
to Thomas Ball (Pride of Adare). Second £5, to James here in precisely the same order of merit and
Anderson (Avenel). success as that occupied by them at the National Show Heifers under Two Years Old.-First prize £15, to in Belfast last year. Mr. Forshaw, of Loftus Hall, Thomas Ball (Queen of Beauty 3rd). Second £10, to Lancashire, sent over his Welsh bred agricultural Richard Welsted (British Queen). Third £5, to Richard stallion, Brown Stout, who wins the 1st prize 25 Welsted (Aunt Anne). sovs. and the Society's cup value 50 sovereigns, the Heifers under One-year-old.-First prize £5, to Thomas second prize falling to the cob Lord Clyde, the property Ball (Wood Flower). Second £2, to Thomas Ball (Pink of of Mr. John Mills, co. Dublin. The Croker challenge
Fashion). cap, value 50 sovereigns, for the best weight-carrying
OTHER BREEDS. thorough-bred stallion, was adjudged to a four-year-old,
JUDGES.-Seymour Mowbray. Young Captain, belonging to Mr. Lane, co. Cork.
M. Murray. The exhibition of pigs was, as regards numbers, con
G. Hewson, siderably under the average ; but of the general excel- Hereford Bulls under Five Years Old.-No entry. lence of the Wiodsors, Yorkshires, and coloured breeds, Polled Angus or Galloway Bulls, under Five Years Old.with which the styes were tenanted, there can be no
No merit. question.
Devon Bulls, under Five Years Old.-First prize £10, to The implement show was quite adjacent to the cattle
Wm. Coppinger (Master Bodley). Commended, the Earl
of Charlemont. yards-communicating passages leading from one to the other. There was no public trial of implements held,
Ayrshire Bulls, under Five Years Old.- First prize £5,
to John Borthwick (Robin). Commended, Commissioners nor were the grounds on which they were displayed very of National Education. largely frequented, owing to its surface being so much West Highland Bulls, under Five Years Old.-No torn up from the combined effects of heavy rains and entry. traffic. There were 50 exbibitors in this class, and Kerry Bulls, under Five Years Old.-First prize £5, to altogether the items, in extent, quality, and work- R. S. Cusack. Second £3, to the Earl of Charlemont. manship, were of the highest order of merit. Every
Hereford Cows, In-Calf or In-Milk.- Prize £5, no conceivable appliance purporting to expedite and
entry. economise farm labour was shown, and farmers requir
Hereford Heifer, under Three Years Old.-No entry.
Hereford Heifer, under Two Years Old.--No entry. ing to purchase implements suited to their wants and requirements could experience little difficulty M. OʻReilly Dease.
Galloway Cow, In-Milk or In-Calf.-First prize £5, to in making a selection. These were mowers, reapers, steam Galloway Heifer, In-Milk or In-Calf.--First prize £4, to and horse power thrashing machines, rakes, tedders, M. OʻReilly Dease. steam engines, ploughs, grubbers, harrows, rollers, Devon Cows In-Milk or In-Calf.-First prize £4,'to Wm. hay, straw, and chaff cutters, furze, bone, cake, and Coppinger. grain mills, with innumerable other descriptions of Devon Heifers, In-Milk or In-Calf.-First prize £3, to modern inventions too numerous to specify and too
the Earl of Charlemont. tedious to detail.
Devon Heifers, under Two Years Old.–First prize £3,
to the Earl of Charlemont. The fifty-guinea challenge cup offered by the Messrs. Purdon, proprietors of the Irish Farmers' Gazette, John Borthwick (Beauty).
Ayrshire Cows, In-Calf or In-Milk. - First prize £4, to for the “largest and most useful collection of farm
Ayrshire Heifers, In-Calf or In-Milk.-First prize £3, to implements," whether shown by maker or agent, was John Borthwick (Sleeping Maggie). Commended, the awarded to Messrs. M'Kenzie, of Cork, for a collection Commissioners of National Education. consisting of 98 distinct items. Competition for this Ayrshire Heifers, under Two Years Old.-First prize £3, cup is open to all comers, whether inventors or agents, to J. Borthwick (Bessy Bell). provided the simple conditions under which it is now West Highland Cow, In-Calf or In-Milk.-First prize offered are complied with.
£4, to Allan Pollok. The Society also offer six silver medals, to be awarded
West Highland Heifers, In-Calf or In-Milk.–First prize
£3, to Allan Pollok. by the judges, for any new or highly improved implements that may be brought under their notice, and which Adam W. Meade (Carberry Lass). Second £3, withheld.
Kerry Cows, In-Calf or In-Milk.-First prize £5, to may be considered by them as deserving of some special
Kerry Heifers, In-Calf or In-Milk.–First prize .£4, to M. marks of commendation.
O'Reilly Dease. Second £3, to M. O'Reilly Dease.
Kerry Heifers, under Two Years Old. —First prize £3, PRIZE LIST.
to R. S. Cusack. Second £2, to Edward Rea. SHORTHORNS. JUDGES.-T. Parkinson, Hexgreave, Southwell.
(Open to Farmers rented under £200 a-Year.) W. Sanday, Holmepierrepont, Notts.
Cows of any Age, In-Calf or In-Milk.–First prize £5, Bulls above Two Years Old -First prize £10, to Wm. to Daniel Murphy. Second £3, to Wm. Joyce. Coppinger, Co. Cork (Soubadar). Second £5, to Francis Heifers, In-Calf or In-Milk.–First prize £4, to William Low (Little Wonder).
Joyce. Second £3, to Daniel Murphy. Bolls pot exceeding Two Years Old.—First prize £10, to
PIGS. Lord Talbot (Victor Emmanuel). Second £5, to Marquis of Waterford (King of Hearts).
Best Breeding Sow.-First prize £3, Wm. Joyce. Bulls not exceeding One-Year-Old.—First prize £10, to
Best Breeding Sow, under 18 Months Old.--First prize William Coppinger (Jemindar). Second £5, to the Marquis £2, to Wm. Joyce. of Waterford (Field Marshal 2nd).
DAIRY COWS. Bulls under One-year-old-First prize £5, to Thomas Five Dairy Cows, any Age or Breed, In-Milk.--First Ball, Malahide (Royal Ranger). Second £2, to Richard prize £25, to Thomas Forrest. Second £10, to Lord Welsted (Ethelred).
Five Shearling Ewes. First prize 25, and second £ 8 to Best of all the Prize Bulls.- Gold Medal, to w. Cop- Charles W. Hamilton. These sheep were Shropshire pinger (Soubadar), and Gold Medal as breeder of the prize Downs. bull, to Mr. Richardson.
PIGS (LARGE BREED). Best of all the Prize Cows or Heifers.-Gold Medal, to
JUDGES.-A. Darker. Thomas Ball (Récherché), and second Gold Medal, as
J.P. Tynte. breeder of the prize heifer, Thomas Ball,
Boars under eighteen months old.--First prize £5, and The Fitzwilliam Challenge Cup (£50), for the best ani- second £3, to Robert S. Backas (Berkshire). mal in the Neat Cattle classes, belonging to Members of
Boars over eighteen months.-- First £4, to Robert S. the South West Agricultural Society, to Thomas Ball Backas (Berkshire). Second £2, no merit. (Récherché).
Medal for the best Boar in the foregoing sections to R. S. The Fitzgerald Cup, £10, to Lord Clarina, for his Short Backas. horn Bull (Lord of Athelstane),
Breeding Sows under eighteen months. First prize ŁA, The Devon Cup, £5, for the best three breeding Cows or Heifers, to Thomas Ball (Récherehé, Pride of Adare, and Paul, Bart. (Berkshire).
to William Joyce (Berkshire). Second £2, to şir Robert Pride of Munster).
Breeding Sows above eighteen months. First prize £8, HORSES
to William Joyce (Berkshire). Second £2, to John Kenny, FOR AGRICULTURAL PURPOSES.
Limeriek Model Farm (Yorkshire).
Three Breeding Pigs.--First prize £8, and second £4,
to William Joyce (Berkshire), Sir Percy Nugent.
SMALL BREED. Stallions under seven, and above two years of age, first
Boars under eighteen months. First prize £5, to prize £25, to Thomas Forshaw (Brown Stout). Second George Langtry (Yorkshire). Second £3, no merit. £15, to John Mill (Lord Clyde).
Boars over eighteen months. No merit, Stallions fogled in 1859.-No merit.
Breeding Sows.-First prize £4, to Commissioners of Mares and foal, or in foal. -- First prize £15, to John National Education (Windsor). Second £2, to George Mill. Second L5 to Robert Shaw.
Langtry (Windsor). Colts foaled in 1859,-First prize £10, to Allan Pollok.
Breeding Sows over eighteen months. First prize £3, Second £5, to Robert Shaw.
to Thomas Frænks (Windsor), Second £2, no merit. Colts foaled in 1860.-First prize £5, to Lord Clarina.
JUDGES.-J. Byrne, any of the foregoing classes, to Thomas Forshaw, Lanca
W. Fetherstonhaugh, sbire (Brown Stout).
J. McDonald. Cup £50, for the best weight-carrying Hunter, to Daniel
BUTTER, Lane, Kanlark (Young Captain).
Firkins of Butter above 65lbs.--First prize 24, to Thos, Prizes offered by the South West Agricultural Society Forrest. for general competition. The best blood mare for hunting Thomas Forrest.
Second £3, to Daniel Driscoll, Third £2, to purposes-First prize £10, J. Bouchier (Rosella); second
CHEESE. £5, J. Bouchjer (Roseabella),
Cheeses over 2011. First prize £4, to Robert Gordon:
Second £2, to S. D, Stuart.
JUDGES.-J. B. Boyd.
De K, Kenefick.
IMPLEMENTS, Second £5, to William Owen, Third £3, to W.
JUDGES,D, A. Milward, Meade.
R, C, Wade, Five Shearling Ewes. First prize £10, tg Thomas Mor- The Irish Farmers' Gazelle challenge cop for the best ris, Lincolnshire. Second £5, to W, Meade, Co, Cork. collection of implements, to T. McKenzie, Cork. Highly
Five Lambs.-First prize £5, to Livingston Thompson, commended, Gray, Belfast.
Barrett, Exall, &' Andrewes, Reading, for corn elevator, Yearling Rams.-First prize £15, and Second £10, to
O'Neill, Athy, for Clayton's corn elevator. T. Beale Browne, Gloucester, Third £5, to Francis Page, implements (not in competition).
Commended-Garrett, Leiston, Suffolk, for stand of Moutbrath.
Rams of any other age.-- First prize £10 to W. J. Car. rol. Second £5, and third £3, to T. B. Browne.
THE DINNER, Five Shearling Ewes. First prize £10, and second £5, to Francis Page.
Nearly three hundred members-guests, exhibitore, aud Five Ewe Lambs.-First prize £, to Francis W. Low others interested in the welfare of the Society--dined together Tipperary.
on the evening of the day of the show. The speecher delivered CHALLENGE Cup. The Cork Challenge Cup, value £00, on the occasion were of the usual routiqe character, How for the best Yearling Ram in the foregoing classes, to ever, his Excellency the Lord Lieutenant, who attended at the George Turner, Exeter.
banquet as the guest of the Society, and who had mingtely SOUTH DOWNS,
examined the general produce of the show, made the following
observations in reply to the toast of big health in connection Yearling Rams.--First prize £5, to Thomas Marris, with the prosperity of Ireland : “I believei n the show of this Lincolnshire. Second £3 to R. Scott, Skirving,
year there is very much to approve and to applayd, except, inSHORTWOOLS (not qualified to compete as South Downs). deed, in point of weather (Hear), I believe, too, that with First prize $10, to Peter Broughton, Second £5, and respect to the pomber of cattle exhibited, a county with which third £3, Charles W. Hamilton. Commended, P, Broughton, I am connected, the county of York, may have had some
Rams of any other age. First prize £5, and second £3, share in diminishing the numbers exhibited on this occasion ; to Charles W. Hamilton.
the show in that county, which has great attractions for all the
SILVER MEDALS TO
Dorth of England, being held in this very week (Hear, hear), ) true, and can be proved from authentic documents, that this There can be no doubt that in point of quality there has been decrease has fallen upon tillage and crops, whereas the value a most valuable exhibition of stock, and I believe it will be of stock has actually increased (Hear). I am sure you will admitted on all sides that most just praise is due to the pro- excuse me for pointing your attention to this subject, which duce of your dairy farms, and your sheepfolds, too, During does seem to be entitled to your most serious attention; and all my earlier visits to the meetings of the Royal Agricultural it appears to me to establish incontrovertibly that in Ireland Society of Ireland, I have been enabled to use the almost un- stock is the most steady and permanent part of our rural ingualified language of gratulation and hopefulness. Seasons come (cheers), I think we should be quite wrong to consider had been favourable, produce had been on the increase, and that the increase of cattle necessarily leads to the decrease of crime was greatly diminished. The Ireland of the present tillage (renewed applanse). Modern husbandry has introduced seems scarcely to be the same as the Ireland of the past, and stall-feeding-stall-feeding increases manure, which is the there were hardly any limits to the glowing anticipations we surest staple of tillage (Hear); and I believe it to be true, might form respecting the Ireland of the future. In many votwithstanding the decrease for the last few years in the points on this occasion I am compelled to take a soberer and value of crops, still, that all the processes and methods of more chastened view, especially with reference to one topic, agriculture in Ireland are exbibiting continued improvement which I cannot omit to mention; but having done which, I (Hear). Much capital has been devoted to drainage ; and will at once dismiss, both because it is the most painful of whether we consider the character of the crops, the soil, or the all, and one which has only an indirect connection with the climate, there is no doubt that agricultural speculation could object of the present meeting. I allude to the reappearance of not take a more beneficial direction. Now this process of crime. Old crimes, which we had fondly flattered ourselves drainage naturally gives room for the introduction of improved had been nearly extinguished and well nigh forgotten, have implements, such as we saw with pleasure at the showyard toshowed their horrid front again amongst our rural population. day (Hear, hear), by which, being enabled to conduct all the Even the soil of this county has been reddened with blood. operations of agriculture more rapidly, we may render ourThough in this county it has been happily avenged--per-selves less dependent on climate or weather (Hear, bear); or, haps - happily' was not the word to use-I will say rightfully in the literal words of the old proverb, we may be thus enaavenged (applause). I need not point out to you that agrarian bled to “make hay while the sun shines" (cheers). I am crime, if suffered to remain unchecked, would prove a worse aware to what disadvantage the cutting of bay and corn, and enemy to the progress of agriculture, even in its strict and nar. the stacking of turf, must be exposed in some of the rainy rower sense, tban either blight, or drought, or rain, or storm, seasons with which we are so often visited, but I cannot help or the worst enemy of the seasons (laughter). Of the enmity thinking that by a more vigilant and determined attention to of the seasons there has no doubt been of late no lack From such opportunities as present themselves, even in the most the year 1852 to 1858 there have been in Ireland a series of uptoward seasous, a great deal of that which is now lost might remarkably favourable seasons. Since 1858 we have suffered be made comparatively safe (cheers). I have admitted, then, from a series entirely the reverse. In 1859, we suffered from that there is certainly something of gloom in the circumstances drought. In 1860-61, and up to the 6th August, 1862, we which have of late surrounded us; but I feel sure that every are suffering from deluge (Hear). Now, these Auctuations of lesson borrowed both from past, the present, and the future, the season we have always been liable to in Ireland, and always, warns us against giving way to despondency (Hear). Even I fear, must be. They are mainly owing to the geographical now, in many cropa and in many districts, there are manifest position of the country, which we cannot hope to shift or signs of progress and improvement (applause). I earnestly change (laughter), I am aware that fault has been found trust that a fine qutumn may give us a turning-point in the with me once and again for dwelling upon the superior adap- character of the late seasons (Hear). There are some, though I tation of the country to purposes of pasture and the rearing cannot pretend to dive into their mysteries, who, from mag. of eattle, and so seeming by implication to discourage tillage netic and electrical observations, feel justified in usuming and the growth of crops. Now, no one could refuse to give that they will be able to ascertain more accurately those geneto tillage and the growth of crops their proper opportunity and ral lewa which regulate the character of the seasons and the their proper sphere; but, surely, it is the part of a prudent weather ; but I trust that, in any case, the agriculturists of man to take things as they are, and to follow the indisputable Ireland will profit by experience in the same way in which they law of nature. It is undoubtedly true that for a late season or so largely did after the disastrous period which intervened two there has been a material falling-off in what may be termed from 1845 to 1849," the general agricultural income of the country; but it in ag
CLEVELAND AGRICULTURAL SHOW The twenty-ninth meeting of this society was held at looking bull, but with not the best of backs, won the first Gisborough on Friday, Aug. 8. Much to the satisfaction of prize against Mr. Wilson's Golden Horn, and a weak lot; the visitors, the whole of the proceedings were compressed and if Mr. Simpson beat Mr. Wiley with his shearling and into one day; and the new secretary, Mr. Scarth, began his aged rams, the veteran had his revenge with a capital pen labours well, with a catalogue which contained 96 entries of gimmers. "The Tenant Farmers'" entries as a whole for cattle, sheep, and pigs, 306 for horses, 48 for poultry and
did no credit to Cleveland, and it was strange how some of pigeons, and 118 for implements, besides others for eggs, them could ever have been sent into the yard at all. The butter, &c. The blacksmith competition did not form part fowls were middling; but the wioping lot of twelve eggs of the programme, but the hound show was kept up with were perfectly wondersul for their size and texture. great spirit; and if Mr. Fitzwilliam's, Mr. Fox's, and the Messrs. Milbank, Percy Williams, and Gregson, were the York and Ainsty kennels were unrepresented, Lord hound judges, and their decisions gave the most perfect satisWemyss, Sir David Baird, and Mr. A. Thompson sent faction both to masters and huntsmen. Beven kennels coaentries to some purpose from over the border. The com. tended for Mr. Parrington's 20-guinea eup for the best three pany was numerous, and the President, Lord Zetland, with couple, and Lord Wemyss won it with three couple of capital her Ladyship, was on the ground all day, and took the chair dog hounds, two couple of them by Lord H. Bentinck's
Con. at the luncheon. Mr. Booth had Queen of the Ocean and test Lord Middleton's got the £10 as second, and the Quorn Sincerity for the first and second in the cow classes, where were supposed to be third, although there was no prize. they were virtually unopposed. His Queen of May 2nd Lord Middleton'a (!), Lord Wemyss (2), and the Marpeth (3), won the yearling heifer prize, and Mr. John Wood's Bonny was the order of the three prizes for the best couple of puppies ; Belle (which forms, with Lord Adolphus, of Battersea fame, and after a very close fight, the Fife Syren beat the Middleton one of the fifty at the Stanwick sale on the 27th) that in the Languish (a very old visitor at these meetings) for the brood two-year-old class. Mr. W. Harrison's Prince Albert, a gayo 'bitch prize. The four, five, and aged hunter classes took :
considerable time to judge, and Mr. Percy Williams lent bis Hon. Mr. Duncombe's Easby and Gorsehill were the three assistance to the bench, which consisted of Messrs. Oldaker last in for the aged class, and when Stainburn, whose leaping of London, Hutchinson of Catterick, and Bradshaw of Gan- was worthy of his cool handling, had been marked for first, it thorpe. We believe that a finer array of hunters than these was some time before the judges finally fixed their affections 42 bas seldom if ever been in one show-yard, and the hedge on Gorsehill (bred by Sir Tatton Sykes, and well known on and timber jumps were a great feature in the afternoon's en- the turf in his day) for second. The Clevelands were very tertainment, and made people quite forget the rain of the last creditable to the district from which they derive their name, two hours. In the four year-old-class the York decisiou was aud Mr. Holmes's Polly the second at Battersea defeated a reversed, and the white card was given to Mr. Jobo Booth's good field of brood mares. Mr. Hymers won in the three-year. Beechwood, but with nothing for Mr. Hall's bay gelding. old hunting gelding class with Soapy Sam" by Bondholder, This is the seventh prize that Beechwood has whose stock were successful in several classes ; Mr. Manfield won, including that for the three-year-old hunter at the Leeds had a promising first prize yearling coaching gelding by his Royal, but he was not noticed at Battersea, Two chesnuts, Spencer; and the hunting foal prize went to one of the five Mr. George Pearson's Shamrock and Mr. Jewison's First Farnhams amongst its twenty-three youngsters. We must Whip, contended very closely in the next clası, but the leap- not forget to add that at the luncheon, Mr. Tom Parrington ing of Shamrock, who was beautifully ridden by his owner, was presented by the Society with a timepiece, in acknowdecided the point in his favour. Captain Hankey's Stainburn ledgment of his eleven years' arduous service as secretary. (bred we believe by Mr. Dalzell, the coursing judge), and the
THE PRODUCE OF THE WHEAT CROP IMMEDIATELY AFTER HARVEST,
SIR,–We hear very much now-a-days about the During 9 years, the estimated quantity was above the use and necessity of agricultural statistics, but I can actual, and 2 years under that grown. not think the acreage of the crops grown will be of The average error of the whole 12 years amounts to much service to the country provided some system be 1 bushel 24 pecks per acre, and 6 years out of the time not adopted for ascertaining the yield per acre.
the estimate was not 1 bushel per acre out. There having been such a system employed on this I can take no credit to myself for this system, as I farm for many years by my predecessor, Mr. G. W. found it here 4 years ago, but I believe to Mr. Baker is Baker, and carried on by myself, I think, were it wider due the credit of having first employed it. I intend known, that it would be of some little service to farmers taking particular pains with the crop of this year, and themselves, did they like to take the small amount of will let you know the result as soon after harvest as trouble entailed upon them by it, and by that means possible, and should any of my brother-farmers in they would themselves know how their crops were, corn-growing districts think proper to take the trouble and also form some opinion as to future range of to test the forthcoming wheat crop, I shall be very glad prices.
to give them any other information upon the subject Should ever agricultural statistics be the law of the that they may require, and hope it may be found of a land, and a few farmers in each district adopt this plan, little use to them. I am, sir, yours truly, I think we might then arrive at some just conclusion as Woburn Park Farm,
John COLEMAN. to what quantity of corn the previous harvest may have
Aug. 1, 1862. produced; but without some means of ascertaining the produce per acre, I do not think the mere returns of the ESTIMATED AND ACTUAL QUANTITIES OF acreage of each crop will be of any service.
WHEAT, FROM 1850 To 1861. The modus operandi is as follows : In barvest during the cutting of the wheat I am very particular, and have all the shocks or stooks made of the same size, that is, they consist of the same number of sheaves, generally 10; and just before the crop is ready for carting I go round (myself generally), or send a trusty man, and stick upon each“ hundredth” shock a bough or something else to distinguish it from the rest, so that when the corn is carted these shocks are easily seen by the men and left behind, to be carried and put in a barn or
qrs. bus. qrs. bus grs. bu. qrs. bu. bu. pks bu. pks.
123 513 1 494 2 18 7 hovel by themselves.
1851 126 550 0 565 0
15 0 They are then after harvest thrashed and dressed
1852 130 518 6 404 5 14 1
0 31 separately, and give the “one hundredth " part of the
1858 130 325 0 3427
17 7 whole crop, which the returns given below of the last 1854 133 700 0
0 13 12 years will show have been sometimes marvellously
135 612 608 0 1856 170 850 0 755 4 1857 133 550 0
74 The harvest of 1856, Mr. Baker writes me, never
0 1 1858 131 575 0 590 7
15 7 could be accounted for; but there was, he says, evidently
1859 129 425 0
1 some error somewhere. That of 1860 being as most
1860 110 481 2 417 7
4 21 farmers know " the wet” harvest, the shocks had to be
1861 / 110 481 2 458 4 22 6
1 2 moved three or four times, and therefore became irregular-hence the deficiency; but for the remaining 10 Total. 1560 6581 7 16363 7 266 6 48 6 years I think the returns made will prove to any man, who may wish to know the yield of his wheat crop, that
Average difference between estimated and actual produce, it can be done without costing him one shilling extra. 1 bushel 2% pecks per acre, for the whole twelve years,