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Angora goats on brush land,   pp. [30]-31 PDF (523.6 KB)

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Angora Goats on Brush Land
A     NGORA     goats are automatic
        brush destroying machines. It
A      has been said that they will
        do work for nothing and pay
for the privilege.
  In the spring a farmer securely en-
closes a small tract of brush land and
turns in his Angoras. In the Fall he
finds his land cleared, and his Angoras
"The Angora Goat and Its Usefulness."
          BY PROF. THos. SHAW
  A LTHOUGH Angora goats have
        not been introduced into Nor-
   A   thern Wisconsin in any con-
        siderable numbers, their day
is coming. Much of the land is cov-
ered with a dense growth of brush and
View of a Clearing-Brush in Foreground is Ideal Angora Goat Pasture.
fattened and ready for the market. The
fence that encloses the Angoras must
be properly constructed so that the
goats will not push through or climb
over, for they are great climbers, but
the profit from these animals justifies
this expense. Their meat finds a ready
sale in the Chicago markets as mutton
or "venison," and the mohair brings a
high price.
  The great value of the Angora is ad-
mirably presented in an illustrated
Bulletin (No. 27) published by the U.
S. Department of Agriculture, entitled
"Information Concerning the Angora
Goat" by G. F. Thompson. This will
be sent free to those addressing the
Secretary of the Department of Agri-
culture, Washington, D. C.
young trees. These dense growths are
tedious to clear by the ordinary meth-
ods. It would not be necessary to la-
bor thus if goats were introduced. They
would do the clearing. And while thus
engaged they should prove a source of
revenue to the owner. The forest that
is well timbered may easily be made
a source of revenue to him who clears
it, in the sale of the timber and the
wood on it. But usually brush land is
expensive to clear. It is a great mat-
ter then, when, by the introduction of
goats, brush ca.n be given a money
  No animal yet Introduced into Amer-
ica will compare with the goat as a
destroyer of brush, briers and young
timber. The time required will depend
upon the closeness with which the
leaves are kept eaten by the goats in
summer. They will also browse in

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