Statistical Report Volume 1863

Statistical Report Volume 1863

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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. 1864 edition. Excerpt: ...but through the central part of the State the ranges are very scarce and largely overstocked. The great chain of mountains forming the eastern wall of the State, it is thought by many, will be found most desirable for sheepwalks; but owing to the great fall of snow to which they are subject, it is doubtful if they will answer for anything more than summer pasturage, and for this they will serve a most useful purpose. The advantages presented to wool growers in California may be briefly summed up as follows: a mild, equable climate, eminently favorable to the growth and healthy development of sheep; cheap lands on which to make permanent settlements, or, for the present, a sufficient amount of unoccupied Public Lands, with little expense attending the keeping of the flocks. Let us now look at tho character of California wools, and the effect upon them of the existing system of herding. The classifying of wool for purposes of manufacture is based mainly on the relative coarseness or fineness of the fibre, the distinctions in this respect determining what is generally called its "quality;" but it should be understood that there are other peculiarities affecting its value even more than the relative size of its fibre; among the most important of these are length of staple, uniform strength of the fibre throughout its entire length, softness, lustre, and freedom from grease and dirt. In all these respects, which generally determine the value of any given parcel of wool, our California product is very low in tho scale, and must continue so until the whole system is greatly modified or radically changed. The pernicious practice of fall-shearing effectually prevents the production of a staple of desirable length, and were it not for another...
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  • Paperback | 102 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236543998
  • 9781236543998