Albury Banner and Wodonga Express

3 December 1897

The weather has been exceptionally hot and dry during the past week. A heavy thunder storm passed over on Thursday last, but only 23 points of rain fell, which will do a lot of good to the wheat and maize crops, particularly the former, which just now requires light showers to prevent the grain from becoming pinched while it is developing.

The maize crops look very promising so far, but if the hot, dry weather continues much longer, farmers must be content with a poorer crop than last year. Many of the old hands remark that they have never seen a worse spring about here, and it is much too late to expect a good spring now.

Shearing is in full swing at Yallowin and West Blowering. Both places expect to cut out in about a fortnight. Four thousand sheep, the property of Mr. S. White, of Merybidinija, passed through Yallowin yesterday en route for Boraig, where they will remain during the summer mouths.

A cricket match is to be played next Saturday on the East Blowering wicket between teams representing East and West Blowering.

Msssrs. P. H. and S. Wilkinson, of Yallowin, have started a stud herd of Hereford cattle, having procured some of the best strains from well known herds, introducing some of the well-known local strain. Their herd comprises thirty cows and heifers and two bulls, which by their pedigrees should equal any stud herd up country, and by judicious breeding I feel sure they will have no trouble of disposing of their increase in these parts, as the Hereford strain has for many years held supremacy in the mountains over any other breed, being excellent for beef, heavy, hardy, and mature young. So I wish the Messrs. Wilkinson every success in their new undertaking.