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Annual report, 1939: St. Croix Co. Agricultural Agent

Sheep,   pp. 9-10 PDF (801.0 KB)

Swine,   p. 10 PDF (429.7 KB)

Horses,   pp. 10-11 PDF (789.7 KB)

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Farmers last year who marketed their wool through the Cooporativo
Wool Growers Association received on the average of six to seven
cents per pound more than those who sold through the local buyers.
This increase in wool prices was made possible through the Federal
Surplus Commodities Corporation loaning program. An advance which
averages about eighteen cents per pound of wool was made at the time
the wool was delivered to the local cooperative assembling point for
wool, which in this county was at Baldwin. When the wool was graded
an additional payment was made on grade, and when all the 1938 wool
crop was sold, the farmer received his 3% payment which was his bonus
in addition to the advance and the grading payment. This year all
indications are that the payment per pound over local buyers will be
much in excess of 1938 because a large part of the wool was sold
after the war boom early in September and commanded top prices.
     We had a series of sheep dipping demonstrations and also did
considerable work on docking and castrating lambs. This fall the
Wisconsin State Ram Truck brought 35 fine purebred rams into the
county from old established sheep breeders in the state. These
rams were offered for sale and 12 of them were bought by farmers
in the county. The sale of rams is not the only object of this
ram truck. This is a fine opportunity for farmers to see choice
rams, to compare them with what they already have, and to see what
is being used as a guide in selecting good rams.
     A number of requests have come in from time to time for in-
formation-regarding sicknesses in hogs. In hogs, as well as in other
livestock, we have no intention of replacing the licensed veterin-
arian. It has boon our aim to work in cooperation with the local
veterinarians in the county in bringing about an understanding of
diseases and their control.
     We have discussed with various swine breeders the problem of
marketing their product and they too, as well as dairymen, are be-
coming aware of the fact there if there is going to be a continued
market for pork as well as for lard, we are going to have to put on
a strenuous advertising program to again convince people that lard
is a by-product of the swino industry that cannot be substituted
     Much lively discussion has come up from time to time regarding
the morits of the horse versus tractors. We have soon sufficient
cases where tractors on small farms arc a detriment in that they do
not come near to paying their own way so that, as a result of this,
many times we are encouraged to say that unless there is sufficient
need for a tractor it is questionable whether it is advisable on
the average small farm. In support of this statement we usually
ask the farmer if the use of the tractor increased his income, We
do not answer this question. His answer will satisfy anyone.

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