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The banker-farmer news bulletin
(1920-1924)

Dinsmore, Wayne
The Banker-farmer news bulletin. Bulletin no. 18: the future of the horse industry PDF (1.1 MB)



           PROFITABLE TO TURN OVER WORK STOCK.
   It is strongly recommended that the reserve power for the peak season
be
furnished by the mares with foals, who.are entirely capable of helping out
during that time. An extra team of mules, bought early and sold off in the
fall,
when the mule market is ready for them, will work throughout the heavy
season for no more than their board. Details like this are worked out under
a
policy of good management which arranges crop rotation, which distributes
the demand upon man and horse labor, and supplies just enough three year
olds ready to go into the collar, from time to time, to permit selling off
of
mature animals coming six or seven years, before depreciation sets in.
   This policy is illustrated by Prof. J. H. Shepperd, Chief of the Animal
Husbandry Department of North Dakota, who says: "Once a tractor has
gone
over twenty acres, it has gone down hill a certain distance. A four-year-old
colt that plows twenty acres, if reasonable care is used, is a better horse
than
he was before he plowed. If you turn (sell) them before they begin to go
down hill, (6 or 7 years old), you can just keep them coming on there, and
have ample power, no capital outlay, little or no repair expense, and labor
for
the mere cost of feed."
        A bad type-light waisted and erooked In hind lesgs-- w  lose money
                   for breeder and every subsequent owner.
                   HORSE ZONES IN CITY WORK.
   In city transportation, horse drawn equipment is the most economical and
efficient for certain types of work which comprise the "horse zone."
The
invetigations and cost comparisons made by the Horse Association of America
in forty of the principal cities of-the United States, show conclusively
that on
al hauls within a horse's working radius, ie., the distance a team can travel
in
a day, horses furnish more economical service than motorized equipment.
When low cost of transportation, rather than speed, is the controllig factor,
as it is in most heavy hauling, horses have a decided advantage.
   On local delivery work, the evidence is overwhelmingly for horse drawn
equipmen. Ice companies, coal companies, groceries, bakeries, milk com-
panies, and all others whose business involves frequent stops or delivery,
agree
with the great packing companies, whose verdict is that on all hauls under
s0
miles per- day, the horse is most economicaL  The packers emphasize four
fundamental features of horse use in their report,-low initial investment,
long
life, low repair cost and moderate maintenance,-all of which appeal to business
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