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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 47

General Remarks on Wool Growing

page 86

General Remarks on Wool Growing.

Upon the whole, it may be said that the sheep and goat farming capabilities of British Columbia are worth the attention of practical sheep-farmers in Great Britain, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand.

I need not point out the advantage of being early in the country to start sheep-farming on the natural pastures, before sheep-farming becomes an affair of cultivated grasses and enclosures. This is a great point.

Sheep-land in New Zealand sells high, and there is but a limited quantity. Victoria, again is out of the question, as every acre of sheep-land is taken up (that is, claimed and occupied) right through to Sydney, and heavily taxed. South Australia again—there is no surface water; all well-sinking—which is very expensive. The days have gone by for an overseer or manager in these countries to get a share, or even an interest, in a run, and the colonial laws are pressing heavily on the squatters.