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Irrigation Record. Published Fortnightly under the authority of the Commissioner for Irrigation at Leeton, New South Wales, Australia. Address all communications to The Editor, "Irrigation Record," Leeton, N.S.W. Viticulture. PROFESSOR BLUNNO'S LECTURE. (Continued from last issue). [Newspaper Article] — Irrigation Record — 15 May 1914
Irrigation Record, Published Fortnightly under the authority of the Commissioner for Irrigation at Leeton, New South Wales, Australia. Address all communications to The Editor, "Irrigation Record," Leeton, N.S.W. Viticulture. PROFESSOR BLUNNO'S LECTURE. (Continued from last issue). In the following notes M. Blunno draws special attention to the necessity of taking every precaution to prevent damage by Phylloxera. His remarks are well worth the careful consideration of every settler intending to go in for vine growing. 5. Distillation.-Now I have to deal with a fact which is to a certain extent antagonistic to what I have just said about light wines. From all points of view, except the financial, every assistance to the production of spirits ought to be depreciated, nevertheless I am bound to confess that there is a great deal of money in the brandy making industry. I should tell you, however, that as far as brandy making is concerned, in any wine-growing district the airea given ove...
OFFICE FIRE BRIGADE. [Newspaper Article] — Irrigation Record — 15 May 1914
OFFICE FIRE BRIGADE. As a water supply has been provided for fire fighting at the Administrative Offices, Leeton, arrangements have been made to enrol officers willing to act as honorary members of a fire brigade. Mr. W. Thomas Has taken a leading part in connection with the matter, and his ef forts to form a brigade have been quite successful. The following gentlemen have offered their services: Officer in charge-W. Thomas. Senior fire officer-W. Melville. Fire officers-F. Moore, R. Stannard, P. Dale, R. Hillhouse, T. Bergin, W. Sidaway, H. Henderson (secretary), W. Selkirk, W. Robinson, J. O. Valentine, W. Bruce.
Ostrich Farming. THE QUESTION OF IN-BREEDING. [Newspaper Article] — Irrigation Record — 15 May 1914
Ostrich Farming. THE QUESTION OF IN-BREEDING. Since the publication of the recent ar ticle in the "Irrigation Record" on the subject of ostrich farming, there has been a considerable amount of discussion, one of the points most frequently brought up being the question of whether there is any danger of the future of the industry in Australia being adversely affected by in-breeding. The Present Position.-It is well known that for some years parst the importation of ostriches from South Africa has been prohibited altogether by the Govern ment, the object being to increase the profits of the industry by confining it as much as possible to South Africa. It is perhaps not so well known that the ex portation of the big birds from the Sou dan has also been stopped lately, although it is still possible to obtain them if a guarantee be given that they are not intended to be used for commercial pur poses. The field for the selection of stud birds having been limited in this way, the ques tion ...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Irrigation Record — 15 May 1914
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MONTHLY MEETINGS. [Newspaper Article] — Irrigation Record — 15 May 1914
MONTHLY MEETINGS; While the Commissioner was at Leeton recently, a large gathering of settlers met' him and several matters were thoroughly discussed, with the result that the Com missioner and the Manager obtained in formation as to the settlers' point of view on important questions affecting the Areas. The Commissioner is of opinion that nothing but good can result from gather ings of this kind, and he threw out a sug gestion (which was immediately adopted by the meeting), that it would be well to hold such meetings periodically in fu ture It is felt by all parties that the old Advisory Board failed in its mission, but judging by the result of the recent meet ing, there is every prospect of the new arrangement meeting with far greater success. It has been decided to hold the meet ings in the Commissioner's room on the Monday evening following the Saturday upon which the Settlers' Association meets. The Farmers' Association holds its monthly meeting on the Thursday pre ceding the s...
LEETON TENNIS CLUB. [Newspaper Article] — Irrigation Record — 15 May 1914
LEETON TENNIS CLUB. The 1914 tennis season was officially opened at Leeton on Saturday, the 25th April, when a tournament on the Ameri can system was played. The afternoon was a perfect one for tennis, and the large number of entries (32) augers well for the club's prosperity during - the season. After a very interesting afternoon's play the winners of No. 1 division proved to be Bagust and Miss W. Leitch, and in No. 2 division, Crooke and Miss N; Lavery. The final play off was very exciting, the former pair eventually winning by 7-5, after a strenuous, contest." The trophies won were presented during the evening at a dance held' in' the Offi cers' Club room, which was very largely attended. A pleasant feature of the ga thering was the number of settlers pre sent. That Leeton is rapidly approach ing the " normal stage is proved the fact that at this function the ladies out numbered the gentlemen. Last season there was a shortage of ladies at social functions iii the district, but it...
DAMAGED CHAFF. [Newspaper Article] — Irrigation Record — 15 May 1914
DAMAGED CHAFF. Advice has been received that seyet^i' trucks of chaff forwarded to Sydney ¥e* centty from the Irrigation Areas hav^ been damaged' by" fain in transit,1 corisideraMe loss to the settlers interested being there by occasioned. Unless special action is taken by the owners of goods forwarded by rail, the railway authorities accept no responsibility once the chaff is loaded on to the trucks. Settlers can, however, in sure against this by paying a higher rate which- it is understood, is only 5 per cent, in advance of the usual charges. In -view of the importance of the matter settlers are strongly advised to take this action, as the extra expense involved is out of all proportion to the safeguard the set tler thereby obtains against damage to his produce in transit. It is felt that advant age would be taken of this regulation if its existence were more generally known on the settlement.
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Irrigation Record — 15 May 1914
For an Improved Farm ah Areas, SIGHT GEO. GREY & Co., Also for information as to the Cost NO CHARGE. GEO. GREY & CO., the Hill, at LEETON. \ " ' '? - of Establishing an Irrigable Farm. NO Leeton. Auctioneers, Valuators, Agricultural & Dairying Engineers, Machinery & General Commission Agents, Groceries .ery , ery X * f. 5 "The Busiest Store in Leeton." SPORTJNG REQUISITES Gzflf Sticks & Accessories /Footballs, &c., &c. 'SSI. -r ' . t oj&m i :'X; : * I V &lt;? -:r .; TIP TOP STOBE. Ladies' and Children's Outfitters, comprisinj Ready-made Codtumes and Underclothi] A' TRf^L SOLICITED. Drapery, Boots, Stationery, Fancy Goods, etc. . » $ - *S-, . &lt; . * ,t . . . . . . SPECIALITIES: C >;? T Boots, -J i " Tip Top " Shirts * . /? Meals at all Hours AND OYS - LE Motto-' ' Civility and Promptness.
SCHOOL CHILDREN'S ONION GROWING COMPETITION. [Newspaper Article] — Irrigation Record — 15 May 1914
SCHOOL CHILDREN'S ONION GROWING COMPETITION. ; The Onion Growing Competition has been taken up by the boys at the Leeton Public School with a great deal of en thusiasm, no less than 24 competitors having handed in their names. Th&lt;Mwdrk on ,the plots is already in full swing. The actual conditions which will govern the competition are as follows: Conditions: 1. Open only to pupils of public school, Leeton. 2. The area to be cultivated shall Jbe one chain by half a chain! 3. All work shall be done solely by the competitor. 4. Each competitor shall keep a diary of all operations. Such diary shall show -' clearly: a. The hours worked by the competi tor with or without horse. b. The dates and times of ploughing, harrowing, digging, sowing, weed ing, harvesting, and all other work in connection with raising the crop. c. The variety and amount of seed sowri\and method of sowing. d. A description of the soil and sub soil and the depth to which it is cultivated. e. The dates and a...
THE LIVING AREA FOR A POULTRY FARM. [Newspaper Article] — Irrigation Record — 15 May 1914
THE LIVING AREA FOR A POULTRY FARM. This matter is discussed in the Agricul tural and Pastoral notes issued by the Department of Agriculture, for the week ending the 2nd instant. The question has apparently been asked as to whether a living could be made off a poultry farm an acre in extent in the metropolitan area. The Department has no hesitation in stating that it cannot be done, but that, on the other hand, the smallest area that could be reckoned as a living area is five acres. A few hundred hens could be worked up on a smaller block, but it is unlikely that any one could succeed in maintaining that number, and at the same time rear pullets to replace hens that have exhausted their, period of profit as layers-usually when they are two years old. The following portion of the article is worth quoting: "No intensive system would provide a living from the 14 acres under notice, and the area is not sufficient to carry more ; than 500 laying hens on a semi intensive system that could...
The Work of the Experiment Farm. [Newspaper Article] — Irrigation Record — 15 May 1914
The Work of the Experiment Farm. The Yanco Experiment Farm is un doubtedly one of the show places of the Areas. A visit of inspection cannot be considered as complete unless a trip to the farm is included, and everyone who has had the pleasure of spending an hour or two there goes away fully convinced that the Areas have a great future befort them. From all points of view the farm must be considered as one of the under takings at which very little, if any, ad verse criticism can be levelled. Its merits are so outstanding that they speak for themselves. It would necessarily be thought that every settler on the Areas would be well acquainted with the nature of the work being done there, since the various experiments are being carried out for the benefit of the man on the land. On inquiry, however, it transpires, that there are large numbers of settlers who have never visited the farm for more than a cursory inspection. The reason no doubt is that there is so much to do developing thei...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Irrigation Record — 15 May 1914
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VEGETABLE GROWING. [Newspaper Article] — Irrigation Record — 15 May 1914
VEGETABLE GROWING; Some of the settlers have been growing vegetables on the Areas now for upwards of a year, and the following information, which has been gleaned from one of the most successful growers as to the actual results he has. obtained, should be of in terest. It has been clearly demonstrated that most kinds of vegetables do well cn the Areas. The important point is when to . plant. Crops which are most success ful in one season of the year run to seed at others, or fail to make any headway at all. This, of course, is only to be expect ed. It is the same all the world over. Tomatoes.-Tomatoes, of course, have been one of the most successful crops pro duced. The grower in question maintains that ten tons to the acre can be easily obtained-50 per cent, of these should be table tomatoes, the balance being for pulping. Most varieties seem to succeed, but special kinds (small) are recommend:, ed for canning. Beans.-Beans can be grown success fully as soon as the frosts are over,...
DRY AREAS. [Newspaper Article] — Irrigation Record — 15 May 1914
DRY AREAS, . t The design of the Dry Areas south of the main canal has been definitely adopt ed . and the Lands Department asked to make the subdivision surveys, At an early date the management will be in. a position to notify the. date upon which the lands will be available for application. The. Commissioner hoped to have this announcement made in this issue, but it is regretted that it was found impossible to give a definite date at present,
Feeding Dairy Cows. [Newspaper Article] — Irrigation Record — 15 May 1914
Feeding Dairy Cows. This is a question that has been given a considerable amount of attention during the last few years, and an article of some importance on the point recently appear ed in the English "Field." Regarding root crops it is pointed out that some difference of opinion exists as to the al lowance of roots which should be made in a dairy cow's ration. There is #n idea abroad that roots have a tendency to taint the milk, but it is pointed out that a leading cheese-maker in one of the south western countries declared that he could give his Ayrshire cows large quantities of roots; in fact, he says the more turnips they have the bigger the cheese. It appears that the experiments carried out by the East of Scotland Agricultural College have proved that 401bs. of. roots with lOlbs. of concentrated feed give a larger yield of milk than 1121bs. with 41bs. of concentrated mixture. Attention is also given in the article to the relative influence of moderate ^nd heavy / rations. The...
HERD TESTING. [Newspaper Article] — Irrigation Record — 15 May 1914
HERD TESTING. It is reported by the "Stock and Station Journal" that the Herd Testing move ment on the Tweed and Richmond Rivers has met with phenomenal success, and it has demonstrated beyond all doubt that dairymen are willing to test when the matter , is rightly placed (before them. There are already 13 associations at work in the districts mentioned, /and next spripg it is anticipated that about 25,000 cows will be on the lists. The time for doubting the value of herd testing has undoubtedly passed. The ex pense entailed is small compared to the value which must result. The cost of feeding a cow which produces one pound of butter in a given time is practically as much as that of feeding a cow which pro duces 2 pounds in the same period. The profit, of course, in the second instance, is out of all proportion to the profit in the first. ,,,, Herd testing enables aF dairyman to immediately weed out the poor-cows from his herd and replace then by others of a better strain. The resul...
COURTS OF INQUIRY. [Newspaper Article] — Irrigation Record — 15 May 1914
COURTS OF INQUIRY. The Commissioner has decided to hold open courts of inquiry, which all settlers are invited to attend. The courts will consist of the Commis sioner and the Manager, who will sit on dates and at centres which will be here after notified. The object of the proposed inquiries is to enable all settlers to freely bring any matters before the courts where their personal or individual interests have been affected by any action of the manage ment, through its officers or otherwise. The Commissioner, particularly desires the whole-hearted co-operation of the set tlers in this matter, as he feels that a re sponse to this invitation cannot but add to the harmony between settlers and the management. Settlers desiring to bring matters before the court should do so on a form which will be supplied on appli cation. All such forms should be return ed to the Manager not later than the 31st instant. v A sample showing the manner in which these forms should be filled in is printed h...
POTATOES AND MAIZE WITHOUT IRRIGATION. [Newspaper Article] — Irrigation Record — 15 May 1914
POTATOES AND xMAIZE WITHOUT IRRIGATION. At the present time Mr. O. E. Haw kins, of Farm No. 75, Mirrool, has a rather remarkable acre of potatoes on his block. The ground was last irrigated in January after which the seed was planted. Since tften the cultivator was not spared, and the ground was kept in a splendid state of [ tilth until the plants were too big to allow of further use of the Planet Junior. Every drop of moisture that has fallen has been conserved, but there has been no further irrigation. The resultant crop is an exceptionally satisfactory one. From two roots dug up, about Silbs. weight of potatoes was obtained, and there will be a considerable increase in the size of the tubers, as the patch is far from being mature. On a rough calculation the yield will work out at from five to seven tons. Needness to say, Mr. Hawkins is well sa tisfied with the result of his experiment. The potatoes grown were "Brownells." Adjoining the potatoes Mr. Hawkins has a patch of maize wh...
Weekly Waterings. [Newspaper Article] — Irrigation Record — 15 May 1914
Weekly Waterings. During the Commissioner's recent visit to Leeton, a public meeting was called for the purpose of discussing this and other matters. A very fair attendance of set tlers was present. In fact, the Commis sioner's room, in which the meeting was held, proved altogether too small to com fortably accommodate those who put in an appearance. The subject of weekly waterings was introduced by the Farmers' Association, and Mr. Ziele, a member of that body, briefly stated the reasons which had led to the matter being brought under notice. He pointed out that for some crops, par ticularly vegetables, weekly waterings seemed to be absolutely necessary, and even in the case of lucerne, there were times when the fortnightly rotation did not fit in too well with other arrangements which had to be made, particularly in re gard to cutting. Mr. Polkinghorne pointed out that if weekly waterings could be granted, very little more water would be needed than under the present system, and t...
PUBLICITY WORK: ADVERTISING OF IRRIGATION FARMS. [Newspaper Article] — Irrigation Record — 15 May 1914
PUBLICITY WORK: ADVERTISING OF IRRIGATION FARMS. A large number of inquiries reach the head office of the Commission in Sydney in connection with the Irrigation Farms on Yanco and Mirrool. These inquiries come not only from New South Wales, but from others parts of Australia, and also from -abroad. The publicity branch supplies all details, and, of * course, in addition to this, advertises the scheme in many other ways by means of articles in magazines, lectures in various parts of the country, exhibiting produce at the country agricultural shows, supplying films illustrative of the scheme generally to picture shows, and in other directions. Notwithstanding all this, it is wonderful .how ignorant people are concerning "the scheme" generally. Quite a large number of people imagine the Irrigation' Areas are in the vicinity of Burrinjuck. Many others do not in any way connect Yanco with Burrinjuck-believing these places to be two quite different propositions This ignorance, however, is...