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THE PRODUCER.

COLD WEATHER AT MOUNT

GAMBIER.

HUNDREDS OF LAMBS PERISH.

Mount Gambier, December 4.

. Extremely cold and rough weather pre- vailed on Saturday. Yesterday it was re- sponsible lor serious lost among the sheep at Coola station. The manager (Mr. M.t cheji) reports that a large numuer of lamDa had died there. The exact numuer will not be known until after mustering, i'he sheep were shorn on Friday, and the rapid change in the weather proved too much tor them.

The Mount Schanck station also reports the loss of a number of sheep on Saturday ja consequence of the extreme cold.

-^: DUTY ON HARVESTERS.

Horsham, December 2.

At the annual meeting of the.Horsham Agricultural Society this aiternoon there was s lengthy discubsion on the proposal to place a duty'of £25 on imported harvesters. Mr. James Giles moved that the society op- pose the proposal. Mr. F. Zerbsb seconded. An amendment that the society support the duty was moved and seconded. The motion

"Waa carried.

STOCK MOVEMENTS.

Oodnadatta, November 30.

A. special train is taking 192 head of ¿attie to Adelaide to-night. The catte are ¡from Crown Point station, W. Coles being the drover in charge of them. "Mr. W. Coulthard trucked 102 horses on November 23 for Adelaide. These horses, which com- prise remounts, troüy, and draught hornes and hacks, were bred by Mr. Coulthard, on Love's Creek, Northern Temcory. Mr. S. Kidman, who has been inspecting the Peake and Macumba cattle stations, will leave by the special cattle train to-night. During the past week he and his partner in the ¡Macumba station (Mr. Bartlett) rode over a good part of* that run, which is in splen- did condition.

Quorn, December 2.

f£he stock passing from north to south ef Quorn during the week ended to-day were 35 horses, 010 cattle, 800 sheep.

Innamincka, November l8.

Stock ate now getting low in condition, and on account of the long distances between feed and water. The only water available at present is in Cooper's Creek, which is fast drying up. It appears that the rest

dents hete wûl have a difficulty in procur- ing meat invthe near future. The mail con- tractors between Farina and Birdsville have made a few alterations in their time-table, and are still running true to time. All are Roping that rain will soon come.

. QUEENSLAND LIVE STOCK.

Charleville, November 28. s Owing to the continued dry weather the well-known Broken Hill Butchering Com- pany closed up last week, and the horses and carts started a few days ago for Broken HilL Several more horsebuyers have ar rived-here from various parla of the Com- monwealth, but they decline to operate until further rains fall.

FOXES AROUND KAPUNDA,

, Kapunda, December 4.

Since the disbandment of the Kapunda Fox^ Club a few weeks ago foxes are be- coming moro numerous in the ranges sur- rounding the town. At one time the fox paid his attention to the sheep flocks alone, but he is now invading the poultry yards. Half-grown foxes have been captured fre- quently, and in some instances fitters have been, unearthed. Some sheepowners are viewing the pest with, considerable con- cern, but others appear indiffèrent in the

matter.

KERSBROOK, December 4.-The wea- ther has been very* rough lately. It will do harm to the young fruit, which is from three weeks to a month later than usual.

Some of the gardeners have a record crop, while others Tiave but very little. This does not seem to interfere with spraying, ,however, as most of them are very busy at intervals wich that work.

MAITLAND, December 2. - Häycarting is the order of the day. Some very fine crops have been cut. " There is a plentiful supply of hay this year. Oatë and barley are being reaped on many farms, and in a few instanceë early wheat is already being harvested. Reaping will not be general, however, for about a fortnight. The yield promises to be good; but in some paddocks the results will be^otnewhat small, in spite of the'fine growth here. Some very opti- mistic estimates have been given of the ave- rage for the _d.istxic.tu»_By.,someJ.t has been fixed as high as fifteen bushels. To judge merely.by, the Kilkerran land, this estimate would probably be somewhere near the mark. But, taking a radius of, say; 13 miles, the average canot be above eleven bushels. There arc some paddocks in the hundred "of Kilkerran which will give fully six bags per acre. These aie the fields which make the.formera smile and leel

generous.

NORTHFIELD, December 2.-The far- mers have finished binding, and are busy carting hay. The weather has been all that Could be desired, and the crops have yielded good returns. Reaping will soon be starting, but the crops ripen very slowly.

. .'REYNELLA, December 3.-The weather

¡luring the past few weeks has been all that couljl be aesired_ for harvesting the hay crop, and operations were in full swing. The'"fields of waving corn arerapidly giving place to neat and symmetrical rows ot Etooks. The yield this year is quite up to the average of last year, ranging from, lto 2 tons, and in some cases even 3 tons per acre. The vines are also looking re trlarkably healthy and vigorous, and should they.'Continue growing as they have done during the past three months the prospects for. the coming vintage will be one of the best on record. '

, .STRATHALBYN, December 4. - Dis-

coveries ' of Jitters of foxes are becoming quite common about the'district and Mr.' .P. .McAnamy added another to the list by

capturing half a dozen, including the vixen, on Friday "last, on his estate at Mosquito Point, near _the lakes. While walking - through, some mallee scrub he came upon a

burrow, which had the remains of poultry, Tubbits,- and lambs strewn around the hole. ' He soon had some men on the scene, with the above result.-The first load of- this season's wheat was delivered to MesErs." W. & A. Johnston's Angas mill this morning by Mr. 8. Leslie, of Angas Plains. It was King's Early, and weighed C2 lb. to the bushel. Mr. Leslie is reap- ing ft 16-bushel crop. The sample is fair.

PORT VICTORIA, December 3.-The first load of new wheat was delivered on Thursday by Mr. Krieg, the variety being Early Blue, and it averaged five bags per acre. The storms blew out quite a bag; the --ample turns the scale at 6lj lb.

OODNADATTA, November 23.-Messrs. Field and Chambers, of Menzies Western Australia, arrived by last night's train. They have come here to buy donkeys, and may go farther north to secure these useful animals, which they require for the west.

STOCKPORT, December 4.-Hay cutting in this district is almost finished. Reaping

has not been commenced, but several iar mers intend starting next week. Most of the wheat is green yet. The hay is well up to the standard this year, and some fine crops are to be seen. This year's sample of wheat promises to be in every way as fine as that of last season.

QUORN. December 1.-Farmers are push- ing on with reaping. At che monthly mar- ket to-day most of the stock was sold, and fair prices were realised.

HAWKER, December 1.-Harvesting is now in full swing, and« farmers are hoping to get through with the work without hav- ing their sample bleached by thunderstorms or spoiled by adverse weather. Notwith- standing the dry spring, the sample of wheat is turning out better than was ex- pected, althougn the yield will not be

heavy.

HAMLEY BRIDGE, December '4.-The Br?t load of new wheat was delivered here to-day by Mr. N. D. Smyth. The sample was excellent, weighing 67 lb. to the bushel. It was reaped from a crop ave- raging seven bags to the acre. The load wa« "purchased by Messrs. Deland and

Black. , '

CONDOWIE, December 4.-The first load of this <eason's wheat was delivered here to-day by Mr. J. Andrews, jun., to Messrs. 3. Darling & Son. The sample was a good tine, weighing 63 lb. to the bushel. lhe crop is averaging 16 bushels to the acre.

BORDERTOWN, December^.-A party, including some of the oldest and most ex iieripneed farmers in this district, journeyed last Wednesday to Wirrega to inspect Mr. ^ L. Fry's farm, in the misnamed "desert." Mr. Fry has an area of 10,600 .»cres there. This year he has got under crop. 180 acres. The wheat is looking well, and a yield of from 12 to 16 bushels per acre b anticipated. There are also 20 acres un- der oats and 60 acres under lucern the lat <er being in splendid condition, and in places over 2 ft. in height, without irriga lion. The party were astounded with R-hnt they saw. /

MOUNT GAMBIER, December 2.-Tbis morning a strong wind did considerable dsmage to the early potato crops, and the onion fields also suffered.-Shearing opera- tions have again been retarded by rain, but Copi* "cut put" to-day.

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