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Technical Instruction in Monmouthshire. VISIT OF THE CHIEF INSPECTOR OF AGRICULTURE. Mr C. E. Brooke-Hunt, the chief instructor of agricultural education under the Board of Agriculture, visited Monmouthshire on Thursday and made a tour of inspection of a number of teaching centres carried on under the direction and guidance of Mr W. J. Grant, who has charge of the agricultural education of the county carried on by the county council. The Inspector was able on Thursday to see what was being done in the matter of cider- making, to witness the operations of the hedging class at Caerwent, to see a typical Caerphilly cheese dairy at S:ough Farm, Caerweut, and to inspect sheep-shearing classes at Tredegar Park, which have been carried on under the direction of the Bassaleg Farmers' Association. SHOEING COMPETITION AT USK. Going to Usk the Inspector was present at the competition amongst lads in shoeing (uuder the auspices of the Usk Farmers' Club.) Mr Storrar, F.R.C.V.S., who has been impart- ing the higher technique of shoeing, was present and judged the work. Four prizes were awarded, in this order :— 1st, John Probert, Crumlin 2nd, Henry Hoskins, Abertillery 3rd, A. W. Jones, St Arvans 4th, Fred Whitehorn, Tredegar h.c., H. Messenger, Panteg. Mr Brooke-Hunt congratulated the youths on their good work in shoeing, and incidentally mentioned that, perhaps, the masters and the public needed as much instruction as workmen in technical matters, and particularly was it to be hoped that when the workmen turned out first-class work a good price would be paid for it. THE POULTRY CLASSES AT LLANGIBBY. On Thursday evening the Inspector visited Llangibby Castle, where Mr R. H. Bromley, the poultry expert and lecturer, was holding the last of a series of six lectures. Previously the meet- ings had been held in the Club Room of the village, but, as practical demonstrations were to be the feature at this one, the proceedings took place at the poultry runs of tbe Castle, by the kind permission of Dr F. Rutherfoord Harris, J.P. Here close upon 100 assembled and were accommodated with seats upon the green sward. They followed closely the lecturer's observations, and watched with keen interest the illustrative demonstrations which were deftly given by Mr S. Cook, Dr Harris's head poultrymau. In the first place Mr Bromley exhibited a model market egg basket, with card-board sec- tions, and he pointed out that a basket, although. involving a greater initial expense, was in the end cheaper than a wooden box, since it was more durable. Samples of various prepared poultry foods-cut bones, ground oats, &c.-pre- viously recommended were then shown, and the demonstrations followed. Mr Cook instantan- eously killed a bird by dislocating its neck,. which was described as the most humane method, and preferable to the local one of cutting into the brain through the roof of the mouth. The bleeding was said to be as effectual as by the other method, and plucking could be at once commenced (as was shown). One drawback to it was that the bird could not be dressed for mar- ket with its head on, as was the local way- Birds were then drawn and trussed in the "poulterers'" method for roasting and boiling, string only being used. Subsequently a demon- stration in cramming from a treadle machine was given, the lecturer explaining the way in which the bird should be held and pointing out the necessity of keeping the tongue down with the finger so that the feeding tube might be in- serted and the food sent into the crop. Cram- ming, he said, was only applicable where there was a large number of birds. A fattening coop —costiug 7s—was shewn, with trough in front. The birds, he said, were shut up for a fortnight before it was intended to kill them, and they were given soft food, to finish the fattening process. Milk and ground oats produced the best results—white fat and flesh. The food should be placed in the trough at regular hours and should not be left before the birds after they had satisfied themselves. At the conclusion of the lecture, the Rev H. A. Williams proposed a vote of thanks to Mr Bromley for his interesting and useful course of lectures, and this was carried with acclamation.

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