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GENERAL OBSERVATIONS ON LAMBS

proportion of bone as the loin, and the neck most of all, 4 ozs. in every shilling's worth of meat, and is even fatter than the loin. Boiled or roasted, the neck is not a very cheap joint; but trimmed into cutlets, with all the fat removed, it is probably the dearest butchers' meat that can be eaten.

Competition remains at length between 15½ ozs. of leg against 17 ozs. of shoulder. The shoulder is fatter, it is true, and if it is sold at the same price as the leg, is dearer in every way. Sold at the price we have quoted, it appears to be as cheap as, or cheaper than, the leg if the fat is eaten. Children often dislike fat, and so it is cheaper to pay a little more for a lean joint for children. On the other hand, many people dislike a shoulder of mutton, and prefer a leg.

TABLE OF RELATIVE PRICES OF BEEF AND MUTTON.

At per Stone Wholesale, and per Pound Retail.

Price per Stone Mutton Beef.
Third Quality Second Quality First Quality Third Quality Second Quality First Quality
s. d. s. d. s. d. s. d. s. d. s. d. s. d.
4200000010¼
4400000010½
4600000010¾
48 07½ 09½ 010½ 05½ 08½ 011½
41000010¼00011¼
5000010½00011½
5200010¾00011¾
54 08½ 010½ 011½ 06½ 09½ 10½
560010¼011¼001
580010½011½001
5100010¾011¾001
60 09½ 011½ 10½ 07½ 010½ 11½
620011¼10010¼1
640011½10010½1
660011¾10010¾1
68 010½ 10½ 11½ 08½ 011½ 12½
610010¼110011¼1
70010½110011½1
72010¾110011¾1
74 011½ 11½ 12½ 09½ 10½ 13½
76011¼110012¼1
78011½110012½1
710011¾110012¾1
80 10½ 12½ 13½ 010½ 11½ 14½



The prices of meat per pound, in relation to the market price per stone of 8 lb., may be calculated sufficiently near to give a tolerably