Volume 75: James and William Macarthur business correspondence, 1823-1877: No. 257

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present stock of Hay is about eight tons, the straw of which we have Two thirds of the wheat in and most of the Rye left, comes in very valuable for cutting into chaff for the working horses that with a little maize keeps them in good condition. The bullocks do not look amiss I have let them rest for the last fortnight and hope to be able to keep them all alive, although all round us cattle are dying daily, about the Oaks, Burragorang and Mulgoa in particular. I am told Paddy Martin of the Oaks has lost upwards of one hundred & fifty head already. Our cows are doing very well considering the season up to this time we have lost none, but have had to kill four - all very old Cows, from getting bogged in the water holes. Those now calving come in very thin not exactly from a scarcity of feed, but on account of its being a very dry, the young

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