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)
WI8CONSIN 1 - : ' : tr V :?I ' t, -: ' -_ - 2 s 7 W, I FARMER MUM=TTU p. t.Rat -G e. e atEs At I C- J4JZ1 SElUZ4N. The Institute met at z 3o P. M. Supt. McKERROW in the Chair. 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. n ,.. an mn ncn m . ULU4 fl We took up some experiments at our Station about two years ago when the sheep business was at its lowest tide, 1i2 -:7 1 1 1111 iiiiiiiiinsillillil - 1. 1111111 I . __e1
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