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1 correction by doug.butler - Show corrections

SHROPSHIRE SHEEP.

Mr. John Price, 'Eulolo,' Narracoorte, writes: — 'I must take exception to .the statement in your report of the Royal Spring Show that Shropshire sheep were first imported into this State by the Chief Justice, Sir Samuel .Way. To my late father, Charles Price, of Hindmarsh Island, the credit Belongs. As far hack as 1855 he imported the first ram and ewe into this Stae, selected from two of the best flocks in Shropshire, those of Messrs. Hand

and Tarte: When the new blood was introduced to Merino ewes so apparent was the success of the enterprise for meat   producing purposes that other breeders soon recognised the advantage of adopting the same course, notably the late Captain Rankine, who purchased a twin ram of the first drop from the imported ewe, and ever afterwards continued to breed from Shrop shire, Southdowns, and Lincolns in prefe- rence to pure Merino. Towards the end of the fifties my father had a fresh impor- tation of three rams and one ewe, and at the same time the late Mr. David Randall, of Glenparra, now known as Corryton Park, who had previously been a pur- chaser from' my father's flock, imported three rams and seven ewes, making a total shipment of 14 pure Shropshires, the whole of which were personally selected by my late uncle, Mr. John Price, from the best flocks of the day throughout the counties of Shropshire and Herefordshire. Again, towards the close ot the sixties my father brought out three nore rams, selected bv himself, at the same time as he introduced Hereford cattle; but shortly afterwards, the value of sheep having fallen considerably, he decided to dispose of his .flock and devote his attention to the Herefords. The result was that he sold, or rather, gave, his Shropshires to the late Mr. Treloar, of near Watervale, and pro- bably it was then that his honor first be came acquainted with this grand breed of sheep and recognised their merits and suitableness for the Kadlunga estate. I have written enough to show that t the Shropshires were imported, acclimatised, and thoroughly established in South Aus- tralia years before the Kadlunga flock ever came into existence.   Our special commissioner writes :- Mr. John Price, of Narracoorte, is quite right in stating that his father was the first to introduce Shropshires into this' State. To have been literally correct when writing of Shropshire sheep -at Show time, and of the enterprise of the Chief Justice; I should have explained that Sir Samuel Way was one of the first of the new school — the Shropshire Breeders' Association — to re- suscitate, this mutton breed. To what ex- tent the early importations made by Mr. Charles Price, of Hindmarsh Island, guided the movements one cannot say (possibly the manager of Kadlunga can), but a long time must have elapsed between those days and the early nineties, .when the modern type of Shropshire began to reach these shores. But for the export lamb trade   the breed would certainly not be in such prominence as it is to-day. Few people would recognise the fashionable and pre- vailing type of Shropshire of the present, day with' the approved type of 50 years ago. Wool to the nose and down to the toes is the characteristic now, whereas then it was a case of bare faces and bare points. .

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