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THE MARKETS. ABERYSTWYTII-MONDAY. JANUARY 5TH. Wheat, 5s 6d to 6s Od per 65 lbs; barley, 4s 3d to 4s 6d do; oats (white), 3s 6d to Os Od; oats (black), 3s 3d to Os Od do; eggs, 10 for Is; butter (salt), lid to Is per lb; do (fresh) Is to Is 2d do; fowls 3s 6d to 5s Od per couple; chickens, Os Od to Os Od do; ducks, 4s Od to 6s Od do; geese, 5s to 6s; turkeys, 6s to 8s; potatoes, 4s Od to Os Od per cwt. CATTLE. Doncaster, Saturday.—The market was again of a holiday character, there being a very meagre offer all round and but few buyers present. Milch beasts were very difficult to diipose of, and in order to do business sellers had to accept lower valves. Sheep being exceeding scarce, the few hoggs ou offer were eagerly bought. There were no pigs in the market. Milch beasts made from P.16 to E21, srrong grazing bullocks and heifers P,12 to L15 10s, and younger stock P,7 to £10 each. Hoggs realised from 37s to 31s each. Leicester, Saturday. There was a meagre attendance, and consignments of stock were small. Practically the only animals on offer were milking cows, which realised high prices, ranging from £ 23 to £ 25. A few rearing calves realised 20s to 36.5 each. No bullocks 01 sheep. HAY AND STRAW. Whitechapel, Saturday.—The small supplies on offer this morning experienced fair support at steady values. Best clover, 958 to 105s; inferior ditto, 20s to 90s; specially picked hay, 95s; good ditto, 90s; inferior ditto, 70s to 80s mixture and sainfoin, 75s to 85s; and straw, 28s to 38s per load. POULTRY AND GAME. Smithfleld, Saturday.-Supplies this morning were moderate, but trade ruled rather quiet, prices, however, being steady. Quotations: Fowls- Yorkshire, 2s 9d to 3s 6d; Essex, 2s 9d to 3s 3d Boston, 2s 6d to 3s; Surrey, 3s 6d to 4s 6d; Sussex, 3s 6d to 4¡¡; Welsh, 2s 3d to 2s 9d Irish, 2s 6d to 2s 9d turkeys-cocks, 10s to 16s hens, 6s 6d to 8s goslings, 7s to 9s country ducks, 3s 9d to 4s; Bordeaux pigeons, lOd to Is; feathered. 9d to lid; wild rabbits, 9d to lid; tame, Is to Is 3d each; Australian, 8s 9d to 11s per dozen; pheasants, 4s 6d to 5s 6d; young partridges, Js to 3s lOd old, 2s per brace hares, 2s 6d to 3s; leverets, Is 6d to 2s; pintail, Is 2d to Is 3d widgeon, Is to Is 2d teal, lOd to Is; wood- cock, 2s to 2s 6d; snipe, 8d to lOd; blaok plover, 7d; golden, 10d to Is 2d each. WEATHER AND THE CROPS. The two closing days of last year and the open- ing one of the present were cold and frosty, but a return of mildness has since occurred, and the long severe winter which was confidently predicted last autumn has yet to come. Of course there is still time for a good deal of inclemment weather, but having got into the new year without very much in the way of frost and snow it is palpable the winter cannot be of unusual duration, however severe it may yet prove to be. The year which has just closed was a remarkable one, being cold, sunless and cheerless over the greater part, but although wet and dripping, except in April and September, it was a period of deficient rainfall. The back end of the year, however, was favourable for farmwork, the dry September allowing the grain crops to be secured without serious injury, while the absence of continuous rain in October and November permitted autumn tillage and the sowing of winter crops under fairly favourable conditions. At present the appearahce of the autumn-sown crops is satisfactory, there being everywhere good strong growth without precocity while the pastures are covered with an abundance of nourishing herbage. AT WHAT AGE SHOULD COWS BE DISCARDED? Many dairymen and others who milk cows for profit believe that when a cow reaches the age of seven or eight her useful years are over, and that she should be replaced by one younger. But, other things being equal, this is a mistake. A cow that has been well cared for, with generous rations and


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