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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 72

The Chairman's Address

The Chairman's Address.

The Chairman then delivered the following address:—Gentlemen,—It must be a source of gratification to ail present to see such a capital gathering here to-day, for we not only represent every agricultural and pastoral society in the Colony, but in many cases have three and four delegates from each association, and I am sure the fact of seeing so many here cannot but make us more hopeful of our future prospects; for is it not strong evidence that we mean in the future to take a more active part in all public matters a ecting the agricultural and pastoral interests of our country. The life and duties of the agriculturist are so different in many ways to that of any other business, for upon the land there is such a scope for application and energy, as well as a large field for experiment. Scarcely a day passes without one feeling that some further knowledge has been gained, and the opinion strengthened that after all our page 6 experience how much there is yet to be learned as to the best and proper treatment of the land and stock.