The town is an important agricultural centre, its fairs for sheep and ponies in particular being well attended.
Of imported animals, cattle, goats, asses and dogs thrive well, ponies and horses indifferently, and sheep badly, though some success has been achieved in breeding them.
Finland ponies are exported in large numbers.
Ponies are most esteemed from the wetter regions of the east, and the hilly tracts.
The Basuto ponies, said to be descended from Shetland ponies which, imported to the Cape in 1840, strayed into the mountains, are short-legged, strong-bodied, sure-footed, and noted for their hardiness.
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