HC Deb 07 March 1910 vol 14 cc1289-90W

asked whether in the experiment which the Department was making with the four Normandy sires will mares be put to them, and, if so, how many to each horse; what breed will the mares be; have they to be purchased by the Department, and, if so, at what cost; is it the intention of the Department to import any more of these sires; and, if it be, will they consult the county committees in the matter?


These sires will be used for the service of mares belonging to the Department only. It is not proposed to purchase more sires of this breed at present.


asked how many mares the Board of Agriculture (Ireland) have on the farms at Foxrock and elsewhere; of what class are these mares; how many of them are to be put to the Normandy sires; and what is eventually intended to be done with the produce?


The Department have at present twenty-seven mares at their own stations which are principally used for farm work. They are not yet in a position to say how many mares will be put to the Normandy sires, nor can they say at present what will eventually be done with the produce.