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agrtrulturc. "J_ 'I" THE OUTLOOK. "Extremes often meet" says the old proverb, and scarcely anything, it may be taken, could illustrate more vividly its truth than the behaviour of the weather of late, and for a long time previously. From heat to cold and from drought to extreme damp in the course, perhaps, of a few hours, have been the chief characteristics of our exceedingly changeable climate. Not that it was not always so; but in these days we get more im- patient of the weather and are less inclined to brook the inconveniences it brings. A fortnight or so ago we, in the northern half of the country, were complaining of being overdone with moisture, while our fellow-countrymen in the south were standing greatly in need of more. But times have changed since then, and they, like ourselves, have been visited by floods, and where the land was too dry for working the complaint is now of the other extreme. The same cry is being raised as to root-pulling. The only cheery note of difference in the story is in regard to the pastures which are mostly keeping green and affording a bite, if ever so short a one, that will go some way to help forward the prospects of stock holders; and if we should be favoured with a continuance of open weather there will be time to make up much lee- way between now and Christmas. On the whole, it may be taken that not much harm has been done at present, and if we are favoured with drying winds work on the arable soils will go quickly forward. The cheese markets have remained dull during the week, buyers, as is usual at this season, not being inclined to speculate. For English produce prices were unchanged, but Canadian and American imports to the London market were Is. to 2s. lower, New; York being cabled steady at the decline. At Liverpool, where the market closed quietly, quotations for Canadian were: —Extra fancy coloured 54s. to 56s., white 53s. to 55s., fine to finest 53s. to 54s., medium grades 48s. to 51s. THE ROYAL SHOW AT YORK. C At the meeting of the Council of the Royal Agricultural Society of England, Earl Cawdor pre- siding, Sir Nigel Xingscote, in presenting the report of the Finance Committee, said the Council would be sorry to hear, as he was to report, that the society's country meeting at York last June, on which so many hopes had been built, resulted in the very considerable loss of L3,468, which would have to be met out of the society's general funds, already most seriously depleted by the heavy deficits on the two previous shows. More and more demands were annually made upon the society in connection with its shows, and more of the burden of these demands ought certainly to rest upon those who were chiefly benefited by them, viz., the exhibitors. As the Cardiff meeting next year would be almost the last to be held under the present system, the Finance Committee did not desire by any sudden action of their own to imperil the success of that show but they had not concealed their opinion that the risk for which the society now made itself responsible in connection with the shows was too great. It might be that agricultural shows were now over- done, that there were too many of them and that they had ceased to attract the ordinary sight- seeing public as they once did. At all events, the Council would be wise not to base their calcula- tions in the future upon receipts at the gates reaching the totals that they were once accus- tomed to, and on which he was afraid they had in the past too much relied. THE ASSOCIATED CHAMBERS AND LEGISLATION. At a Council meeting of the Central and Associated Chambers of Agriculture, Mr. Victor Cavendish, M.P., presiding, Mr. Ackers, in moving the adoption of the report of the Cattle Diseases Com- mittee, said that there were seventeen outbreaks in eight counties since January, 227 animals having been attacked. Outbreaks of swine fever shewed a decided decrease compared with 1899. He was of opinion that isolation in outbreaks was not sufficient to stamp out the disease; all animals should be slaughtered, and compensation should be paid. There was a small diminution in the out- breaks of sheep scab, the numbers being 1,308, as compared with 1,378 in the previous year. Mr. Strachey, M.P., suggested that the Board of Agriculture should be empowered to insist upon all infected swine being slaughtered and compen- sation being given.—Mr. Beecroft seconded the suggestion, which was adopted.—On the motion of Mr. Bowen Jones, it was ordered that a statement of legislation required in the agricultural interest issued by the Business and Parliamentary Com- mittees, should be communicated to the Prime Minister, including local taxation, railway rates, tuberculosis, compulsory dipping of sheep, beer duties and brewing materials, sale of corn, fraudulent sale of foreign meat, damage to crops by sparks from railway engines, law of trespass, and injuries to farm stock by uncontrolled dogs. NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN AGRICULTURE. The next examination for the National Di- ploma in agriculture will take place at Leeds on Monday, May 6, and five following days, and the governing conditions have been published by the National Agricultural Examination Board. The examination is of a searching nature, and is designed to test the practical no less than the scientific knowledge of the student. The maximum marks for practical agriculture are five hundred, three hundred giving a pass, as against two hundred and one hundred and twenty respectively for the other principal subjects. A gold medal is awarded to the candidate on the honours list who obtains the highest number of total marks in the whole examination. -THE IRISH POTATO CROP. It is somewhat comforting to learn that the Irish potato crop is not likely to turn out so bad as was at one time feared. An Irish correspondent writes I have just returned from a 500-miles journey to south-west Cork, Kilkenny, and other counties, where I found that farmers generally were not grumbling very much, or at all, about the potatoes. Some parts were quite exempt from disease whether the crop had been sprayed or not, while other districts, on the contrary, have been badly hit. The disease has been partial in its ravages, which fact, if perhaps of poor con- solation to the victimised growers, is fortunate for the country as a whole. As regards prices growers of potatoes in Ireland have seldom had more reason for satisfaction. Current rates are stated to be about double what they were last year, and as it would seem that scarcity of supply M imaginary rather than real farmers have good ?. 3 f°r their comparative contentment with r Position and prospects.

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