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FARMERS' COLUMN. I Mr J. T. Jackson (Knigliton) has been re-elected pre- j sident of Brecon and Radnor Farmers' Union. < The first lamb of the season in Trecastle district ap- peared in the flock of Mr D. T. Jeffreys, of Camden. At Erwood market, on Thursday, prices were:—Eggs, I G for 1/ butter, 1/10 per lb.; chickens, 1/4; and rab- Mr J. P. Griffiths (secretary of the Brecon and Rad- bits, 1/5 each. —————— nor Farmers' Union) is recommending the members to join Lloyd's scheme of insurance. Talgarth produce rates ,eIX: :-Eggs, 3d each; butter, 1/10 per lb.; trussed fowls, 1/4 to 1/ti per lb.; rabbits, 1/4 to 1/6 each; and apples, 21d per lb. There was a. good attendance and a fair business at Knighton market on Thursday, the prices obtained be- ing :—Eggs, 5 for 1/ butter, 1/11 per lb.; fowls, 4/6 to 6/- per couple; chickens, 5/6 to 8/6; rabbits, 2/10 t-o 3/- per couple, and to 4/. each. Last week's auction-mart, conducted by Messrs. Dd. and W. J. Price, proved a great success and was charac- terised by satisfactory prices. Prices were:—Fat cat- tle, £3G 10s to £ 42; heifers, £ 29; porkers, jE4 to gE4 4s; sheep (wethers), 46/- to 56/. and rams, 60/- to 80/ Rhosgoch and District, Branch of the Brecon and Radnor Farmers' Union are desirous of amalgamation with a strong branch and have been given a cordial in- vitation to join the re-organised Hay and Glasburv Branch. There was a large supply of produce at Presteign on Wednesday. Prices were:—Eggs, 4 and 5 for Ij-; but- ter, 1/10 per Ih,; fowls, 5/- to 5/6 per couple; chickens. 6/- to 7/6; rabbits, 1/5 each; hares, 4/ and pheas. ants, 6/- to 7/- per brace. Hay Candlemas fair was characterised by brisk trade and moderate supply. Prices were:—Cows with calves. to £ 35; two-year-otd steers, t24 to £ 26; yearlings, ilS to 4C24; barreners, jE20 to £ 25; mutton, 1/2 and 1/3 per lb.; and strong pigs, 48/- to 60/ according to size. The produce market at Hay, on Thursday, was attend- ed by a large supply and brisk demand. Rates were:- Butter, 1/10, 1/11 and 2/- per Ih. eggs, 6 for 1/ chick- ens, 1/3 per lb.; fowls, 6/- to 6/6 per couple: rabbits, 1/5 a.n 1/6 each; hares, 3/- to 4/ apples, 2-?.d per lb.; and potatoes, 10, per cwt. A small supply of farm-produce met with eager demand at Brecon on Friday. Prices were :Ilutter, 1/11 and 2/- per 11). eggs, 4 for 1/ fowls. 7/- to 9/- per couple: geese, 1/5 per lb.; ducks, 5/- to 6.1 pig-meat (spare-rib), 1/4 per lb.; pig-meat (mouse). 1/5: faggots. Id each: apples, lOd and lid per quarter; and rabbits, 1/6 each. Rhayader market rates, on Wednesday, were:—Eggs, 4 and 5 for ]/ fresh butter, 1/9 per lb.; bacon (hams). 1/1 per lb.; bacon (sides), 1/ whole-pigs, 1/1 to 1/2 per lb.: live fowls, 5/6 per couple; trussed ditto, 6/- to 7/6: pheasants, 6/- to 7/ partridges. 6/- per brace; wood- cock, 2/- to 2/3 each: hares, 3/6 to 4/6; rabbits, 1/4 and 1/5. At Huilth stock market, on Monday, there was 11 large supply. Demand was brisk and an early clearance re- sulted. Prices ranged :—Fat bulls, R60 to £ 64: yearling bullocks, £ 12 to £ 15; 2-year-old bullocks, £ 20 to £2: bar- reners, tl8 to £ 24: cows with calves. 1-28 to R32. and fat sheep, 6d to 7d per lb. (live weight). Prices in Builth produce market ranged :-Bllttcr. 1/9 per Ih.; eggs, r, for 1/ fowls, 5/- per couple: chickens, 4/6 to o/'G p'.r couple: and rabbits, 1/3 each. Hav and Glasbury Branch of the Brecon and Radnor Farmers' Union have passed a resolution to the effect that its members will not be prepared to deliver their wool in the coming season, unless conditions of purchase are more satisfactory. The resolution, we understand. will come up for consideration at the next meeting of the Brecon and Radnor Executive. Mr Enoch George. C.C., at the recent farmers' meeting in Hay.proposed tha.t the suggested Branch for Hay and district should cover the area of Hay Union and be known as "Hay and Glasbury Branch"—a proposition that was seconded, by Mr Powell and carried unanim- ously. Meetings are being held at Hay on the second Thursday of each month. Collectors have been appoint- ed for each parish, and there is every project- of a large membership. An important meeting of farmers, residing in Hay union area, was held at the Crown Hotel recently, Sir J. W. Jones (Sheephouse) presiding. Mr W. Sheldon, who was responsible for its organisation, explained the object of the gathering and urged that the town and district of. Hay should have a strong branch of the Farmers' Union, to become members of the Brecon and Radnor Farmers.' Union and he hoped that meetin" would decide the matter. Mr ,1. W..Tones (chairman of the Glasbury Branch of the Brecon and Radnor Farmers' Union) and Alder- man Mervyit T. Davies are firm believers in the ad- vantages and possibilities of farmers unionism, and are strongly urging the Bredwardine district farmers to join the Hay Branch. Their policy is being supported by Mr J. P. Griffiths (general secretary), who, having regard to the present agricultural position, also emphasises the need of producing the maximum crops in the interests of the national food supply. Ryeland breed of sheep known in Herefordshire, Brr. conshire, and neighbouring counties, is again coming into favour, not only in the British Isles but abroad. A pleasing state of affairs was unfolded at the annual meeting of the Ryeland Flock Book Society at Hereford on Wednesday. Mr D. J. Thomas presided, and among those present were Mr J. P. Prosser, Mr F. Risdon, and Mr J. F. Ricketts. Mr Thomas was elected president and Mr C. H. Hobhs. president-elect. Thanks were due to the following members who subscribed to the prize fund, viz., Mrs Gwynne Holford, Misses de Winton, Mr H. A. Christy. Mr T). J. Thomas, Mr J. P. Prosser and others. Mr Ricketts thought the show and sale might lie held alternately at Brecon and Hereford. He said there were finite as many flocks of Ryelands in Brecon- shire as in Herefordshire, and the sheep were as good, if not better. Mr Davies suggested a change with re- spect to the election of the Council, the appointment of scrutineers and so on. also the advisability of allowing Mr R-idson to represent Sir Christy on the Council, the latter being in the King's, uniform. On the proposition of Mr Bedford, seconded by Mr Ricketts, Mr Bray, Mr Davies; Mr Cough and Mr Prosser were re-elected on the .Nfr Pro?;,er N?-(,re re-c-lect,,(l 0!1 the

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