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LEDBURY YOUNG FARMERS' CLASS. I Visit to Hope End Home Farm. I Inspection of Herd of Shorthorns. Gn Moedav afternoon last the members of the Ledbury Young Farmers' Afternoon Class, conducted by Mr John Porter, agri- cultural organiser to the agricultural depart- ment of the Herefordshire County Council, on the invitation of Mr J Wilfred Hewitt, of the Hope End Home Farm, Wellingtoa Heath, paid a visit to the Home Farm for the purpose of witnessing a demonstration on the examination of horses by Mr George Firkins, of Paunton Court, Bishop's Froome, and also of going over the famous herd of Hope End shorthorns. There was an excellent attendance of young farmers, and they were joined by a number of older farmers, among whom were Mr John Parry (Mitchell), Mr John Parry (White House) Mr J Edgar Hartland (Preston). Mr Teakle (Eastnor), Mr G Fenwick-Fenwick (The Verzons), etc., etc. The afternoon's class commenced with the examination of horses by Mr George Firkins, who proved to be a moat capable lecturer, and as one heard him explaining points about the animals under notice, even a mere journalist may be forgiven the expression What Mr Firkins doesn't know about horses isn't worth knowing." The examina- tion took place in one of the ample fold-yards attached to the farm, and the animals examined were three mares, respectively 14 years, 7 years, and 4 years. The various good points and slight blemishes in the animals were very clearly brought out by Mr Firkins and eagerly grasped by the pupils. Then came the inspection of the bulls. First of all the two stock bulls were brought out, accompanied by two young bulla barely a year old. Of the two stock bulls one is that kept for beef-producing purposes, a Scotch shorthorn, and the other was a stock bull from a noted dairy strain. After the points of the two stock bulls had been explained by Mr Firkins and Mr Hewitt, two more young bulls were brought out, and the students took a hand at judging three of the younger animals. An interesting period followed, after which Mr Firkins explained the best methods of feeding calves. A move was then made from the Farm to adjoining pasture ground, where the cows were grazing, and here was pointed out one cow in particular which combined the qualities of a good milker and a good feede. This animal was undoubtedly a good speci- men of the dual purposes cow, which one gathered was rarely met with. Another walk was made to where the yearling heifers were grazing, and then the party returned to the Farm, where the cow-sheds were visited, and the young calves inspected. Here the students had ample opportunity of viewing model cow-houses, well lighted and ventilated, but free from draught, and scrupulously clean, the whitewash brush evidently being freely used at this farm. Along the full length of the main cow-house, prize cards denoting awards secured by this well-known herd were displayed, and here the students also saw the register of milk from the various cows. Altogether the afternoon proved to be most interesting, and at the conclusion Mr and Mrs Hewitt invited the party to tea, which proved most acceptable after a fairly busy afternoon, and the thanks of the company was expressed by Mr Porter for Mr Hewitt's kindness. «

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HEREFORDSHIRE TEACHERS'STRIKE

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