New Englander and Yale Review Volume 47

New Englander and Yale Review Volume 47

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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. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...characteristics of the various breeds of cattle entered for exhibition, and a herd book was as illegible to them as a Hebrew Bible, and its lore as unfamiliar as the Pandects of Justinian. But woe now to the exhibitor who seeks to enter a grade animal as a thoroughbred. Shame and derision would cover any man who, at this day, should claim, as did a popular agricultural author at an early fair of the New England Agricultural Society, that the wrinkles on a merino sheep were the result of shearing. The day or two spent upon the fair ground are often to the observing farmer the most profitable of his whole year. He then and there imbibes, unconsciously perhaps, important facts and ideas which are afterwards effective in furthering his prosperity. But, let us turn for a moment to some of the mechanical agencies which have appeared during the last thirty years to aid the uplift of New England farming. The earliest to which attention will be invited, and the most important, perhaps, is: 1. The Mowing Machine.--McCormick's reaper astonished the world at the London Exposition in 1851, and the mowingmachine grew out of it soon after. The latter made its first appearance in New England about 1855. In other sections of the country it may have been present a little earlier, but not much. It has proved a great value to the farmer, as one good machine will cut as much grass as six or seven men. Indeed, machines have already been constructed, and are in use among us, which are capable, under favorable circumstances, of mowing twenty acres a day. The mowing machine has not only aided in the solution of the labor question, but, by imperatively demanding the removal of stumps, fixed rocks and stone heaps, as well as the filling up of holes and wet places, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 327g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236949110
  • 9781236949110