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THE GREAT CHRISTMAS SHOW.

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THE GREAT CHRISTMAS SHOW. Monday last was the day appointed for holding the great Christmas show of fat stock; and the advantages of the removal of the trade of Smithfield to Copenhagen- fields was never more apparent than on this occasion— the only one, in point of fact, since such removal, in which nearly the whole of the standings have been filled -arising from the large unoccupied space generally noticed over and above the actual requirements of sup- ply,. This, however, we look upon not as an evil, but a positive advantage, as was strikingly apparent this morn- ing. As regards excitement, compared with many cor- responding days in Smithfield, there was literally none an^ />the greatest 0I-der was observed both in the arrival .eparture of the stock; indeed, it would be impos- sible to over-esti.mate the value of the market for an exhibition of this kind. From the past having been an unfavourable season for the rearing of fat beasts—as the natural food has fallen considerably short of nllw Amand> as prices have, consequently, ruled unusu- OA11* as t^le value of cakes and linseed has vparc °m n° Per cent- above the ordinary runs of rpnllTT fT6 • i exPected to see a smaller number of forwnrda^Mmn». -S usua' J but, the supply brought Shorthorns, both^for?he>PI'15' gate, certainly ,tood S N„RF IT", TT *S?"" bweeStL"e,MS The.HereW, 11 plalSTtt Tan" possibly, if me compare the value of meat to the butcher, this stock might well claIm the first class beeause it has less superficial fat upon it; indeed, the exhibition of that breed was very good. As regards the Devons we have less scope for comment than usual. Though very good, they did not come up to previous years. It is, however very probable that the high value of live stock in the west of England has deterred many graziers from for- warding their usual supplies. There were some remark- ably fine Welsh Runts on sale; and the show of Scots both from Scotland and different parts of England, was seldom equalled. We have now sketched out the general excellencies of the pure breeds. We have done so from the conviction that they are deserving our first consi- derations, because upon them the stamina of fat stock must always depend. With a few exceptions the cross- ings were deficient in weight and quality, consequently dear both to the butcher and the consumer, and such has been the ease for a long series of years. Still, we find that a contemporary print has set forth the doctrine that the Smithfield Club ought to give large prizes to cross-breed stock, to the partial neglect of the pure breeds, simply because the latter are chiefly in the hands of a certain class of graziers. The amount of stock brought by the various railways was very large, yet it arrived in excellent condition, and it must be satisfactory to learn that scarcely any traces of disease were noticed amongst either the beasts or sheep.— l'imes.

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