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NORTH SOMERSET SOCIETY.
The Annual Exhibition of this Society was held at Bingham, October 12 and 13. The Secretary writes :-“This exhibition was the best we have had. The show of horses embraced various breeds, the Morgans and Messengers taking the lead. The stock was mostly grades of Durham. Some good calves, sired by the grade Hereford bull Hercules, were shown. This is the first bull of this breed yet introduced into this vicinity. The influence of the Society for good is perceptible every where, among outsiders as well as members. The fair was excellent, and articles presented by the ladies abundant and highly gratifying."
LIVE STOCK. Stallions. First premium to Chandler Baker of Bingham, for the French and Morgan horse Dolphin, 8 years old.
Second premium to Jesse Smith, for Morgan and Norman, 5
Breeding Mare. First premium to Jona. Bessett, Moscow.
Sheep. First premium to James Baker, Moscow, for French Merinos.
Swine. First premium to R. S. Howes, for grade Essex.
CROPS. Indian Corn. First premium to Jotham Whipple of Solon, for 129 bushels ears on an acre. Soil redish loam, in sward, and yielding half ton hay per acre, broken in November; 15 loads barn
manure spread and harrowed in and about the same applied in the hills. Cost of crop on 14 acre, estimated $59. Value, $107.
Second premium to J. S. McIntyre of Bingham, for 123 bushels ears per acre-dark colored sandy loam—in potatoes last year—12 loads, of 35 bushels manure from hog yard, 3 bushels plaster and some leached ashes in the hill. Cost, $20.75; value, $63.37.
Third premium to E. Hathorn, for 90 bushels on an acre.
Wheat. First premium to R. S. Howes, 21} bushels red bearded wheat on an acre of light loam, in corn last year.
Second premium to N. Smith, 15 bushels winter wheat on land burnt in 1858; sowed 20th September, 1858.
Third premium to Jotham Whipple, 14 bushels.
Barley. First premium to Zenos F. Hathorn, for 38 bushels two rowed barley, on rocky land, in corn last year, with a light crop.
Second premium to Ansel Holway, for 28) bushels six rowed barley, land rocky, in corn the year before. .
Oats. First premium to H. McIntyre, for 79 bushels per acre, dark clayey loam, in corn the year before.
Second premium to Willard Goodrich, for 68 bushels of 36 pounds per bushel per acre-yellow loam, in corn the year before.
Third premium to J. S. McIntyre, for 71 bushels of 32 pounds per bushel per acre-light sandy loam.
Oats and Peas. First premium to Z. F. Hathorn, for 36 bushels of 40 pounds per bushel-rocky loam, in pasture two years before and in oats and
last Second premium to Ansel Holway, for 18} bushels of 57 pounds per bushel, on “old mortgage land” covered with bushes, broken logs and scurf, so it could not be more than half plowed this yearseed mostly peas.
Carrots. First premium to Z. F. Hathorn, 78 bushels on oneeighth acre—land stony loam, in carrots two years past and in the three years three loads barn yard manure.
Onions. To the same, for 4f bushels on one square rod, old manure and two bushels ashes applied.
Turnips. First premium to H. McIntyre, for 304 bushels on one-fourth acre, clay loam, turnips last year, 8 loads green manure in furrows, and top dressing of plaster and 6 bushels ashes—thinks the ashes made half the crop.
Second premium to Ansel Holway, 205 bushels rutabagas on onefourth acre; sward land, gravelly soil, yielding one and a half tons hay per acre, and horse manure applied, (quantity not stated.)
Third premium to Willard Goodrich, for 180 bushels on one-fourth acre; dark loam; sward; 6 loads barn manure.
Potatoes. First premium to J. S. McIntyre, for 224 bushels per acre; light yellowish loam; sward, broken up in fall previous ; 16 loads green manure; two bushels each of plaster and ashes in the hills; seed, Jackson and other sorts.
Second premium to Nicholas Smith, for 200 bushels per acre; sward; light loam; 12 loads green manure; seed, 8 bushels Californias ; 5 bushels of peas
grown on same acre. Third premium to Ansel Holway, for 196 bushels per acre.
WEST SOMERSET SOCIETY.
The Secretary furnishes the following report:
"The Annual Exhibition was held at Anson village, on the 5th and 6th days of October. There were entered for premiums, three town teams of ten yokes of oxen each; three town teams of six yokes three years old steers each; ten yokes matched oxen; fifteen yokes working oxen and eleven yokes draught oxen; twenty-one pairs three years old steers ; eleven pairs two years old steers ; fourteen pairs one year old steers; three pairs steer calves; twenty-one stock cows; twelve milch cows; three three years old heifers; twelve two years old heifers; four one year old heifers; three heifer calves; four bulls; three bull calves; three stallions; ten breeding mares; eleven three years old colts; seven two years old cots; four one year old colts ; four flocks sheep, 16 each; four do. lambs, 25 each ; seventeen bucks; four swine and two litters of pigg; making in all, entries for 66 yokes of working oxen; 79 pairs of steers; 33 cows; 22 heifers; 7 bulls and bull calves ; 35 horses and colts; 217 sheep and lambs; 25 swine, including pigs.
No premiums on crops has been offered by this Society before this year. But four entries were made, statements of which have not as yet been filed.
The Fair at the meeting house was excellent. The products of the dairy was less than last year ; but in every other department nothing lacked to make it a grand show. The exhibition of domestic manufactures and needle work, paintings, &c., showed that the ladies had not been idle, who were present in large numbers, to give us 'aid and comfort in the good work.
The exhibition as a whole was larger and more successful than ever before. An increasing interest seems to prevail among the members of the Society, and the people generally manifest great interest in its success. Under the influence of this Society much
has been done to improve the breed of farm stock of every kind, as well as an improvement in the keep, providing better shelter, and in every way improving the condition of animals, and this also at less expense than heretofore. The improvement of farms generally, is a subject now receiving more attention than at any former period, and much interest is felt in the promotion of the cause of agriculture in all its departments.
The Society has voted to make a permanent location, and have raised a fund of $750, by life membership, with which it has purchased a beautiful spot of land containing eighteen acres, which they intend to enclose, and erect suitable buildings, stalls and yards in season for the next annual show. When this is done and all things are ready, we hope to make a better show in the agricultural world than heretofore."
LIVE STOCK. Horses. First premium on stallion, to Hiram Andrews, of the "Norman breed.
J. F. Collins showed a Morgan, and L. F. Allen a Black Hawk.
First premium on breeding mare, to Wm. R. Flint of Anson, a Morgan and Messenger.
Second, to Wm. W. Waugh of Starks.
Bulls. First premium to Cyrus Bryant of Anson, for grade Durham, nine years old.
Second, to B. F. Hilton of Starks, for grade Hereford, two years old.
Third, to A. Bailey, for grade Durham, two years old.
A full blood Devon bull was shown by E. S. Hopkins of New Portland. Mr. H. in his statement, says:
“This breed, or rather race, possesses some excellent properties, well deserving the attention of farmers. They are of uniform color, and the oxen are easily matched. They are peaceable and easily managed and trained. They are active and fast travelers, and make the best oxen for service, girting from 64 to 7 feet.
They are round and close built, and hardy animals, being heavy in proportion to their appearance, and thriving on ordinary keeping, being well adapted to our short pastures and cold winters. The cows give rich milk, but not a great flow, but when bred towards milk they make excellent dairy cows."