BETTER FARMING TRAIN
SUCCESSFUL TOUR ENDS.
South Gippsland to be Visited.
After a tour through Gippsland, which lasted for 10 days, the Better Farming Train returned to Melbourne yesterday. Mr. C. Mullaney, who represented the Railways Commissioners on the tour, re- ported last night that it had been a great success. Approximately 13,000 people, neatly all from the farms, had spent a day at the train listening to the lectures, inspecting the exhibits, and eagerly ask-
ing questions. With rare exceptions they
declared their satisfaction at the oppor- tunities afforded them to acquire further knowledge of the science of farming.
So pleased are the Departments of Agri- culture, Railways, and Education with what has been achieved that they have determined on another tour, this time on the South Gippsland line. It will begin on Monday, November 10, the first stop- ping place being Lang Lang. The pro- gramme for the remainder of the week is as follows:—Tuesday, Meeniyan; Wed- nesday, Yarram; Thursday, Toora; Friday, Korumburra; Saturday, Cranbourne. One officer each from the Agricultural and Railways department will visit these and adjacent towns next week to make final arrangements for the tour.
2,000 Visitors at Drouin.
DROUIN, Thursday.—The Better Farm- ing train arrived at Drouin this morning in fine weather. Fully 2,000 people from various parts of the district viewed it. Those on board were welcomed by Coun- cillor Frank Bennett. Mr. W. A. Robert- son, chief veterinary officer, and Mr. Mul- lany (Railways) responded. School child-
ren were granted a half holiday.
Drouin is the centre of a large dairying farming and agricultural district, and the demon- stration is of great value. Mr. Thomas White, a Drouin West breeder, brought
some Berkshire pigs of splendid quality to the station for inspection. The following
lectures were given:—Herdtesting, Mr. Archer; Babcock testing, Mr. Gill; grad- ing milk and cream. Mr. Johnson; feeding cows, Mr. J.M. Kerr; topdressing pas- tures, Mr. Mullet; potatoes. Mr. Ramsay; stock. Mr. Robertson, Mr. Kerr, and Mr. G.H. Baker: mother-craft, Sister Peck; needle-craft, Mrs. Storer; cookery, Miss
The train left at half-past 4 o'clock after a most successful tour.