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Ploughing Competition at Sealyham. SPEECHES AT THE LUNCHEON. LIST OF THE AWARDS. The second annual competion for poughing hedging, ditching, draining, and shoeing, and exhibition of dairy produce was helu at the Home Farm, Sealyham, on February 16th. The weather was simply attrocious, but the gathering was a successful one in every other ;ense. The judges were as follows:— Poughing.-Classes A and ii.-Air. j airleb Merriman, Came, Begelly, S.O.; Mr. John Williams, Castle Malgwyn Farm, Boncath. Classes C, D, and E.-Mr. George Prout, Milton-Burton, Neyland, S.O.; Air. Thomas Griffiths, Ffynnondrudion, Fishguard, b.U. Hedging and Draining.—Mr. David Edwards, New Inn, Rosebush, Maenclocliog, Clynder- vven, S.O.; M. David Lewis, Barnard s Hill, Wolfscastle, S.O. Shoeing.—Mr. Robert James, The Shoeing Forge, The Quay, Carmarthen. Dairy Produce.—Miss Lewis, Treberve, Let- terston, S.O.; Miss Lewis, Hanton, Haverford- west.. r. i-L At the luncheon Mr. John Walters, ot boutn- wood, presided, in the absence of the persi- dent, Lord Kensington. In the course of his speech the chairman said: I thank you very much for the honour you have conferred upon me, in asking me to preside at this meeting here to-day. I should not be placed m this position were it not for an accident which cur president, Lord Kensington, met with in the hunting field last week, and for which I am sure we all feel very sorry. I assure you this is an honour that I with the greatest possible reluctance accepted, for several rea- sons. In looking round the table I see here gentlemen far better able in every way to per- form these duties than I am. With regard to the meeting to-day, it is a perfect success, and so was the one last year at Lambston. I am strongly of opinion that these meetings will result in doing much good, both to the employer and the employed, as they must tend to bring up a better and more efficient staff of teamsters and labourers to work upon the farms, besides being an inducement to many to remain upon the land and possibly do some little good towards putting a stop to the rural depopulation. I have always considered that a job done well is by far the cheapest in the end and well repays the little extra time take.1 about it. For instance, a field that is well ploughed takes up much less time when you come to the harrowing, besides providing a good seed bed, which is a great essential towards producing a good crop. Harrow as much as you like upon a badly ploughed ridge, you get but little earth. It is the plough that cuts up the bottom, and that must be done at the first operation. The same applies to hedging and any other kind of work, whether upon the laud or not. These meetings, as every one must be aware, were got up through the kindness anu genero- sity of the past and present followers of the Pembrokeshire Hunt, and the one last year was entirely financed by them. I think it exceedingly kind of those gentlemen to come forward in a practical way like this to show that they appreciate the civility and good feeling that has always existed between the tenant farmers and the Hunt, and I think it is our duty, and serves our best interests, to do all we can to protect and further the old time-honoured sport. I am sure that I am only voicing the sentiments of our neigh- bours and of myself, when I say that we are at all times very pleased to see the popular master and his hounds when they visit us, and more than that, we can generally, if not always, show them a fox, and our foxes at Roch are no timid curs; they are not afraid to face the open, and bring the hounds and huntsmen along at as fast a pace as they can go, and if poor Reynard has to surrender his brush, he makes as hard a bargain for it as he possibly can. And now before I sit down I have great pleasure in proposing the health of our president, and I am sure that you will all join in wishing Lord Kensington a speedy recovery. Mr. Worthington, I am sorry to say, is also indisposed. I Mr. William Roberts, Dunston, Camrose, in the course of a few remarks, said: I am sure we all regret hearing of the accident that happened to Lord Kensington which has disabled him so hat he is unable to attend here to-day. We who are members of this Ploughing Match Committee feel ourselves very greaty honoured, and indeed extremely proud, that we have three so distinguished gentlemen in the county of Pembroke, who take such an interest in agriculture, namely, the president, vice-president, and secretary. The title Lord Kensington is very familiar to us all, for we remember the late Lord Ken- sil-gton, whg was such an ideal landlord. He was a gentleman who had a desire to see his tenants doing well, and in seasons of di ought and depression, was generous enough t) give a good reduction in the rents. As re- gards hospitality we believe the present Lord Kensington is equal to his father, and we trust that some one will in time to come be able to express concerning him the same sentiments as we have expressed to-day in rtgard to the late lord. The vice-president is another very noted gentleman in the county, as a breeder of the pure bred black stock, which has taken the premier prizes in various shows. Whenever any farmer waned o purchase any of Mr. Worhingon's stock he was always pleased to sell at a very moderate price. Although he is now ad- vanced in years and rather infirm, we hope that he will be spared for some years still ti lend us a helping hand in aid of agricul- ture. I think it is the fault of Pembroke- shire farmers to-day that they go in for too much of the mongrel kind of cattle. These animals will not feed so well nor realise the price to the butcher which I consider a very great loss. With regard to the hon. secretary, Mr. Bowen, one can only say he is a gentleman who cannot be surpassed in those qualities which earn the respect of his fellow men. He has always a pleasant word to rich and poor alike. Whenever anyone is in distress and goes to Mr. Bowen he is always ready to do all he can to assist them. So when we group those three gentlemen to- gether, I feel sure we could not form a better trio, not in the whole county of Pem- broke. I may also say that we are very fortunate in getting such qualified champion ploughmen as judges, men whom we believe will not show any partiality, but will award thd prizes to thos3 they think deserve the manage at the head of affairs. We as agri- honour. Such men 'we wish to rule and culturists are pleased to know that we have such a nobleman representing us in Parlia- ment, one who is well worthy of the name. When we speak of Lord Carrington, we speak of one of the largest landowners in the coun- try, a gentleman who has studied the interests of agriculture) and one in whose hands we can safely place our confidence and well-being. Mr. Joseph Watts, Greenfield, Letterston, in proposing the health of the judges, said: From all appearances their task to-day will ilot be an easy one, and is not envied, I am sure, by any of us. However, we have the consolaiton that they are equal to the work, knowing hem as we do, to be practical and sound men of judgment. We feel that not only will they give satisfaction to their own (c nsciences, but will also satisfy the com- petitors. I have therefore great pleasure in proposing the health of the judges. This was seconded by Mr. James Harries, ifayscastle, who said he did not think their work would be very easy to-day, as the com- petitions seemed to be very keen. But h. was sure they would discharge their duties in a satisfactory manner, and do justice to all competitors, without fear or favour. The following is a full list of the awards:— Ploughing. Class A.—Equal 1st, Wm. James, Stubble- borough, and David Noot, Penffordd; 3rd, David Griffiths, Newmill. Class B.-lst, E. Llewellin, Newton; 2nd. I". Jenkins, Haythog; 3rd, L. Richards, Scol- ton. Class C.—1st, fl. Jenkins, Haythog; 2nd, John d wards, Waterston; 3rd, Levi Allies, Victoria, "St. Edrins." Class D.—ist, J. J. Lewis, Martall Bridge; 2nd, Henry Hughes, Carheer; 3rd, John Henry John, Lambston. Class E.-lst, Oliver Luke, Summerton; 2nd, F. Williams, Sealyham; 3rd, John Sharps, Rose Cottage, Milford Haven. Hedging (Open).-lst, Henry Thomas, Green- way Cottage, Hill Moutain, Burton; 2nd, Jas. James Little Newcastle; David Jenkins, Jordanston Birdge. Hedging (under 25 years of age).—1st, Wil- liam Adams, ..e Newcastle; 2nd, William Davies, Lambston West; 3rd, Thomas Wil- liams, Coldbach, Letterston. Shoeing. Class I.-Equal 1st, W. O. James, Robeston Wathen, and William Bowen, Clarbeston; 3rd, Lewis Thomas, Wallis. Class II.—1st, William Lawrence, Letterston, equal 2nd, Thomas Lawrence, Letterston, ana Owen Jones, Haverfordwest. For the best teams engaged in the matches. —1st, William Evans, Trenewydd Vawr; 2nd, Mr. Reed, Knock; 3rd, George Griffiths, New- mill, Moat. Poultry.-lst, S. Walters, Southwood; 2nd, Miss Howells, Walesland; 3rd, Mrs. John, Lambston. Brown Eggs.—Class I.-lst, H. J. Bevans, Wolfscastle; 2nd, E. Lewis, Barnard's Hill; 3rd, James Perkins, Blaen-wern, Letterston. White Eggs.—Class II.—1st, Mrs. 6. Llew- ellin, Camrose; 2nd, Thomas Devonald, Ridge, Letterston; 3rd, John Belton, Boulston. Butter. Best 31bs. in Rolls.-lst, Miss Howells, Walesland; 2nd, Mrs. John, Lambston; 3rd, Mrs. S. Llewellin, Camrose. Best. 61bs. in Pot.—1st, Mrs. John, Lambs- ten; 2nd, G. Williams, Shoalshook; 3rd, MiBB Howells, Walesland; h.c., Miss Lewis, Bar- nards Hill.

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