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Abergavenny Town Council.…


Exhibition and Examinations…


Exhibition and Examinations at Abergavenny. MR. FORESTIER-WALKER, M.P., AND FUTURE OF AGRICULTURE. Both men and women engaged in agricultural pursuits were so busily employed during the war period in the important work of producing the maximum amount of food for the nation that they had little time for the competitive gatherings of pre-war days. Present conditions, however, now allow for attention to be devoted to these matters, and it is fitting that included in the various revivals which have taken place should be the events held under the auspices of the Agricultural Department of the Monmouth- shire Education Committee. Abergavenny was the venue last week of the 23rd annual ex- hibition of produce and competitive examination for the county medals and scholarships by dairy and cheese school students, which events were revived after a lapse of six years. The exhibition took place in the Market Hall on Friday and the dairying examinations were held here and in the Corn Exchange on Thursday and Friday. The produce classes were well filled, and the work of the students in the practical and theoretical examinations was of a high standard. Mr. Leolin Forestier-Walker, M.P. (chairman of the Agricultural Education Committee) attended with Mrs. Forestier-Walker, and several members of the committee and of the County Council were also present, including Lord Treowen. The general arrangements were carried out by Mr. W. J. Grant (Director of Agricultural Education). Before the public proceedings, Sir Arthur Herbert entertained members of the committee and others to luncheon at the Angel Hotel, and in his absence, through indisposition, the chair was taken by Lord Treowen, who was supported by Lady Herbert of Coldbrook, Mr. and Mrs. Forestier-Walker, Col. Curre, and others. LIST OF AWARDS. The gold medal in the dairying section was won by Miss Blodwen Davies, Brooklands, Pen- pergwm, whom the examiner (Mr. Druce) said he had awarded a higher percentage of marks (98) than he had yet awarded to anyone in a butter-making competition. The silver medal was awarded to Miss Dorothy Meek, Red House, Llanvihangel-vstern-llewem, and the bronze medal to Miss Eleanor Price, of Cross Ash. The following were the winners of scholarships tenable at the Cheese School :—Miss A. Edwards, Newbridge (who won the silver medal given by the British Dairy Farmers' Association) Miss F. Fox, Clvtha Miss C. Davies, Crumlin Miss Annie Wilde, Cross Ash Miss K. Chatterton and Miss C. Chatterton, Newbridge Miss D. Fox, Newbridge Miss B. Williams and Miss Gwen Rees, Cwmcarn and Miss Enid Williams, Newbridge. The awards in the produce exhibition were as follows :— Turkey (cockerel).—2nd, Mrs. S. A. How, Glanusk Farm, Llanvair. Turkey (pullet)—Miss S. Griffiths, Trostrey, Usk 2, Mrs. S. A. How. Goose (large)—Miss James, Llancayo, Usk; 2, Miss R. James, Llancayo 3, Miss S. Griffiths 4, Mrs. Johnson, Llanddewi Court. Goose (medium size)-I, Miss S. Griffiths; 2, Mrs. S. A. How. Pair of cockerels (game or ganje cross)—Mrs. Lewis, Gelli, Llanvetherine 2, Miss S. Griffiths 3, Mrs. S. A. How 4, Miss Thomas. Pair of pullets (game or game cross)-I, Miss A. Wilde, Graig Fach, Cross Ash (bronze medal, given by the Worshipful Company of Poulterers) 2, Mrs. Johnson, Llanddewi Court 3, Mrs. B. Jones, Clytha Arms Hotel. Pair of ducks (medium size)-r, Mrs. Lewis 2, Miss S. Griffiths; 3, Miss Edwards, Neuadd Newydd, Llanover. Hen eggs (white)—Mrs. M. James, Llanddewi 2, Mrs. Griffiths 3, Miss N. Evans, Home Farm, Llanover 4, Miss A. Wilde. Hen eggs (coloured)-I, Mrs. Johnson, Llan- ddewi 2, Miss S. Griffiths 3, Miss A. Wilde 4, Miss A. Davies, Lower House, Kemeys Com- mander. Hen eggs (tinted)-I, Mrs. M. James, Llanellen 2, Mrs. Johnson, Llanddewi 3, Mrs. R. James, Llancayo, Usk 4, Miss E. M. James, Llancayo. Hen eggs (preserved)—Miss E. M. James; 2, Miss R. James 3, Mrs. Johnson 4, Miss Ed- wards. Butter—Miss E. M. James; 2, Mrs. F. H. Waters, Caerleon 3, Miss R. James 4, Miss B. Davies, Brooklands, Penpergwm. Caerphilly cheese-I, Miss C. Johnson, Llan- ddewi 2, Mrs. Johnson 3, Miss K. Davies, Court Morgan 4, Mrs. M. James. Weasleydale cheese-I, Miss E. M. James 2, Miss R. James 3, Mrs. Johnson. Bottled cider (made in 1918)-1, W. D. Lane, White House, Llanvetherine 2, Chas. Johnson, Llanddewi Court. Bottled cider (made previous to 1918)-1, W. D. Lane 2, Chas. Johnson, Llanddewi Court. Perry (made previous to 1919)—J. R. Davies, Bishton. Collection of cider apples—Mrs. Johnson. Collection of cooking or dessert apples-i and 3, M. Griffith, Millbrook, Raglan 2, W. Griffith, Wernmelyn. Dessert apples—Mrs. F. M. Johnson, Tre- adam 2, Mrs. F. H. Waters 3, Miss M. Thomas, Mount Pleasant. Culinary apples-I, W. Griffith 2, Miss E. M. James 3, Miss R. James. Apples in boxes packed for market-I, Mrs. Johnson 2, Miss A. Wilde. Bottled fruit (season 1918)—Miss F. Johnson, Treadam 2, T. Thomas, Bishton: -1. F. H. Scudamore, Nantyderri Farm. I Bottled fruit (previous to 1918)—Miss F. M. Johnson 2, T. Thomas. Collection of potatoes- J. Goode, Llanmartin. Kidney potatoes- J. Goode. Oval potatoes-I, J. Goode 2, Miss Davies. Globe mangolds-I, A. Richards; 2, T. Williams, Llanover. Intermediate mangolds-I, A. Richards 2, J. James, Llanellen. Purple or bronze top sivede-i, W. Griffith; 2, Miss S. Griffiths; 3, A. R. Jones, Rhiwderin. Basket-I, Ivor Ireland 2, McDonald 3, George Collins, of the Monmouthshire Re- formatory. PRESENTATION OF MEDALS AND CERTIFI- I CATES. The presentations of medals and certificates was held in the Town Hall on Friday afternoon, there being a good attendance. Lord Treowen presided, and was supported by Mr. and Mrs. Forestier-Walker, Lady Herbert of Coldbrook, Mr. Reg. Herbert, Col. Curre, Mr. L. R. Pym, and members of the County Council. Mrs. Forestier-Walker made the presentations. Mr. Forestier-Walker, M. P., in the course of an address, said that was the first exhibition and prize-giving they had held since 1914, since when many people's ideas had been changed considerably. They discovered, some of them for the first time, the true value of agriculture to the country. The farming community had answered the call made upon them. They in Monmouthshire had something to be proud of in the fact that they had ploughed up land and grown corn at a higher percentage to the total area than any other county in Great Britain. (Applause). Theirs was a grazing county and many farmers had never had a plough in their hands. They ought to be deeply grateful to all those who provided such a vast quantity of food stuffs and saved the country from starvation at a time when the U boats were doing such horrible work. The salvation of this country depended upon us growing more food, not only in order to meet their own needs, but to do something which was more important, to avoid importing. Before the war we were a rich nation, but it was no good buying from abroad if we could not afford to pay. They might get tick for a period, but that could not last long. They wanted to avoid importing, and to export eVeTything they could, in order to payoff the debt which the nation owed as a result of the wall. Tney needed not only to grow more food, but more per acre than they used to more intensive cultivation, not only in the farm but in the garden. That could only be done bv scientific training. They in that county had been ex- tremely fortunate in the work clone bv the Agri- cultural Committee, and he did not think tIley were behind any other county. The cost of growing food had risen, and wages had risen, and rightly risen, and prices had gone up. It was necessary that science should come to the aid of agriculture. They could only grow more food by highly scientific education, using artificial manures, the latest and best machines, and doing the thing really well instead of half doing it. Those were among the objects of the work of the Agricultural Committee in that county. Agriculture had in the past been treated as a thing of naught, but a change had taken place, and a new Agricultural Bill was to be brought forward in the next session of Parliament which would settle for many years to come the burning question which every farmer asked himself, as to whether he could grow his crops without risk of bankruptcy. Once he was given that security it lay with him to do his best to see that the land returned to him and the nation its proper due, in order to provide for those who worked with him a substantial wage to live in comfort and respectability. The Committee had a scheme by which they hoped to co-ordinate all the agri- cultural services of the county, and they believed they would get greater, better work than in the past. They hoped to be able to make better use of what would be one of the finest agricultural institutes in the country to be set up at Usk. Though it did not belong to the County Council at the moment, they believed that it should be the hub from which should radiate all the services connected with agriculture in the county. They had the industrial markets rightt at their doors, and only two things were wanted —easy transport, which he hoped would come soon, and education. He looked for great things in the future from the young farmers who were anxious not only to get practical knowledge but highly scientific technical knowledge as well. The Young Farmers' Class was enthusiastically attended. He did not see why, in addition to their other activities, they should not do as good a trade in cider as Herefordshire did. Lord Treowen, in proposing a vote of thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Forestier-Walker, said that he was reminded of the wonderful work which women had done on the land. For nearly two years he had a farm wholly managed and run by women. It was an experiment, and a very successful one. In order to produce more from the land they must have more people on the land, and that depended more on the women than on anyone else. If the women would not live in the country the men would not go after them or go with them. (Laughter}. A number of girls had told him that they were happier in the country than ever before in their lives. If you have a good business, advertise and j keep it; if you have not, advertise and get one. The Abergavenny Chronicle is the business bringer. j ———— ± ———