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Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes / Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes : a hand-book of agriculture
Bulletin No. 11 (1897)

Curtiss, C. F.
Sheep feeding experiments,   pp. 122-132 PDF (3.1 MB)


Page 122


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SHEEP FEEDING EXPEIBIXENTS.
Prof. C. F. CUETIDS, Agricultural College, A-es, Iowa.
C. F. Cun'rEsa
Ladies and Gentlemen-It gives me
pleasure to meet such a large and most
excellent audience of Wisconsin peo-
ple as I see before me today. I have
long entertained a very high opinion
of Wisconsin's methods of conducting
Farmers' Institutes, and I want to say
that my good opinion has been much
strengthened since I came among you.
Wisconsin as a Sheep State.
I have been asked to discuss sheep
feeding experiments today, and in that
connection I want to say that I believe
Wisconsin is one of the states that is
auceuLLugzy well autpteu  to  sneep
raising. In coming into your state
yesterday I passed through a good
many acres of agricultural lands that
are better adapted to sheep raising
ald dairying than any other branch of
the stock business, and I went to com-
mend you upon your excellent judg-
ment in making the most of your op-
portunities in the dairy line; 1 want
to commend you for the excellent work
that your dairymen of this state have
done, but as sheep men I do not be-
lieve you have made the progress that
your conditions warrant I believe
that the sheep is entitled to a more
favorable consideration by the farmers
of Wisconsin, of Iowa, and of other
agricultural states, than it is receiving
today.
The sheep has been the football of
politics; it has been through times of
prosperity and of depression. It has,
I believe, more than any other animal,
suffered from the American character-
istic tendency of rushing into thin
and rushing out again. I want to say
at the outset that so far as the politi-
cal relations of the sheep to agricul-
ture are concerned, I believe in accord-
ing the farmer just as great a degree
of protection as is accorded to other
industries, but I want to say, also,
that the sheep business does not de-
pend upon protection, or the tariff on
wool. I believe we could make mutton
profitably on the farm lands of Wis-
consin and other states regardless of
the wool feature, and I believe tl t
what I have to say bearing upon this
subject will confirm that statement.
You have a good many sheep in this
state, but not as many as you ought
to have, nor have you in all cases the
kind that is demanded for the mo*t
profitable production.
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We took up some experiments at our
Station about two years ago when the
sheep business was at its lowest tide,
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