New England Farmer, and Horticultural Register Volume 18

New England Farmer, and Horticultural Register Volume 18

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1840 edition. Excerpt: ...valuable hints to woolgrowers. My Dear Sir: --On the return of your uncle I was told you wished to know my method of browsing sheep. ' ' As soor. as the ground is covered with snow I browse my sleep daily. I go to the woods and make one or more temporary cribs by placing two poles parallel 18 or 24 inches apart, upon two handfuls of brush or billets ofwood. Between the poles I place or set my boughs of hemlock or hard pine-(probably spruce, fir, or cedar will do as well)_thrusting the butt ends into the snow and having them lean the same way. I extend my cribs till they well accommodate the number ofsheep I wish to feed. 1 then tread down the snow about the cribs so that sheep can easily pass by those that have reached the browse and are Ithen turn my flock to the cribs, and my work is done. In the latter part of the winter, when the snow is snfliciently hard to bear up the sheep, I thrust the boughs, when cut oil', into the still' snow, in rovs without poles, but so close together as to prevent the sheep passing through them. Three winters ago when I began to browse my sheep, lcut my browse and threw it about at random; but I soon found my sheep too nice to feed in that slovenly manner. They would run over it and leave it. I took the hint of arrangfing in the way I have mentioned, from nature, forl have observed where boughs pendent from the trees were sufficiently low to be reached by the sheep, they would go directly to them and feed more freely than in any other way. Sheep are not pleased with having their food touched even by the hand of man. The advantage of browsing sheep is no longer doubted here. It gives them exercise, fresh air and green food during the whole winter. I drive my sheep in flocks of from fifty more

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  • Paperback | 626 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 32mm | 1,102g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236765095
  • 9781236765093