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ADVANTAGES OF CAPONISING.

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ADVANTAGES OF CAPONISING. It is very strange, considering the simplicity of the operation, how few poultry-keepers practise the art of caponising young male birds, and still more strange since it is possible, under certain conditions, to make the work very profitable. It is not so many years ago since the num- ber of experts who followed this branch of table-poultry could be counted on the fingers of one hand now, fortunately, there are a larger number of poultry-keepers who are able to perform the operation, but still the market demand at Christmas is considerably in advance of the supply, and there is opportunity for many others in this direction. Briefly stated, the advantages of caponising are as follows (1) Capons mature more rapidly and grow to a larger size than would cockerels; (2) the flesh of an eight or nine months old capon is as tender and juicy as that of a spring chicken; (3) capons can be run indiscrimi- nately with males or females during the growing period and (4) the value per pound of capon flesh is higher than that of ordinary cockerel flesh. WEBB & SONS' ROOT CROP COMPETI- TION, 1910. I The awards in the annual competition for the valuable prizes offered by Webb & Sons, the King's seedsmen, Wordsley, Stourbridge, for root crops grown from their seeds and with the aid of their special manure has just been made by the judges, viz.: Mr Alex. I. lies, Park Farm, Fairford, Glos.; Mr John Kendrick, Stone Park, Stone, Staffs.; Mr James Liddell, Tilney Home Farm, Hook, Hants. DISTRICT 1. Five acres of Webbs' swedes, open to the counties of Salop, Stafford, Montgomery, War- wick, and Leicester. First prize, C15 15s, Richard Timmis, Podmore, Eccleshal], Staffs., 46 tons 11 cwt. 1 qr. 20 lbs. per acre second prize, R10 10s, Septimus Timmis, Charnes Old Hall, Eccleshall, Staffs., 45 tons 11 cwt. 1 qr. 20 lbs. per acre. Three acres of Webbs' mangolds. First prize, £10 10s, G. Bagnall, Acfcon Mill Farm, Stafford, 79 tons 8 cwt. 2 qrs. 4 lbs. per acre second prize, £5 5s, W. H. O. Lander, Day House, Wellington Salop, 63 tons 17 cwt, 0 qrs. 16 lbs. per acre. OFFICIAL REPORT ON WELSH CROPS. The Board of Agriculture, in its report for Wales, issued last week, states that in the north the corn crops were generally secured in good condition and of good quality, and reports from Montgomery and Flint describe the crops as very good. In the southern portion of Wales the reports are not quite so satisfactory, the ears not being well filled in some districts of Cardigan and Brecon the condition varies considerably, ranging from bad to very good. The lifting of potatoes is practically completed, and many reports refer to the smallness of the tubers. Disease is reported in several counties, principally in the north. Mangolds are now being lifted and are being secured in good condition, but are small in size. Turnips and swedes are still in the ground and growing. The weather generally has been favourable to autumn cultivation. The progress of wheat sowing has varied 'considerably in different counties. A report from Montgomery refers to the backward state of the wheat sowing owing to the hard condition of the ground, while in Merioneth, Brecon, Carmarthen, and Glamor- gan much wheat has been got in. Seeds are reported to be a good full plant, healthy and vigorous and growing well.

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