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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 68

The Canterbury A & P. Association

The Canterbury A & P. Association.

This Institution was founded in the year 1863, having for its object the development of the agricultural and pastoral resources of Canterbury. With the exception of a small grant of money made by the late Provincial Council, the Society is supported by voluntary contributions.

The healthy rivalry which takes place from year to year at the annual shows of stock, &c., held by the Association, has been productive of immense advantage to the Provincial District of Canterbury in the general improvement of all classes of stock, implements, and page 11 manufactures. The work of the Association is not confined to the holding of annual shows. They publish a journal of agriculture (known as the "New Zealand Country Journal"); a "Draught Horse Stud Book"; a "Herd Book of Shorthorn Cattle"; and a "Herd Book for Other Breeds of Cattle." Trials of new machinery are also held, the results being published for the benefit of farmers. Prizes are also offered for the best kept small and medium sized dairy and tillage farms with a view of encouraging a better system of farm management, The Association's rooms are furnished with a valuable library for the the use of members. Indeed, it may be claimed for the Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association, that they are performing most efficiently in this district, all the functions of a State Department of Agriculture.