Publications of the University of Pennsylvania; Series in Political Economy and Public Law Volume 9

Publications of the University of Pennsylvania; Series in Political Economy and Public Law Volume 9

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...sufficient to produce wonderful results. Every farmer who raises pigs can afford to possess the best boars. We now have marvellous uniformity in kind, and excellence in quality. A picture of one pig in the Chicago market would do for any other. The ram, however, is not only expensive, but difficult to select. One who knows little of the wool market cannot from the appearance of the animal, as in the case of horses and pigs, or even by weighing the fleece, select the best animal. Thus in order to diffuse among small farmers a breed of sheep especially fitted for the climatic and economic conditions of the country, two things appear to be necessary: first, long-continued and patient experiments, involving a considerable outlay of time and money; second, willingness to sell rams at a very low cost. This combination is never found outside the government Experiment Stations, or government Stock Farms. Concerning the South, and the interest in that section of our country, I shall have more to say later. Those who raise sheep, if allowing them to foam in the pine woods can be called raising, thoroughly understand the animal with which they deal. Intelligent Northerners who have gone South to teach the natives how to raise sheep, have uniformly failed, not only to instruct, but to succeed themselves. But, though the Southerner understands his sheep as they are, he has not the remotest idea how to improve either the mutton or the wool. Like the Armenian or Persian, he can handle profitably the sheep which his father and grandfather raised before him; but give him an animal which requires a different treatment, and he will invariably fail. The sheep of Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama are absolutely unimproved, and in spite of prohibitory tariffs, more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236490045
  • 9781236490049