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Wisconsin and its opportunities : illustrated by photographs taken in northern Wisconsin
([1905?])

Burch, L. D.
Northern Wisconsin: a natural sheep country,   pp. [21]-25 PDF (1.1 MB)


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A Natural Sheep Country
For
        SPECIAL SHEEP CROPS
such as oats, rye, peas, cabbage, tur-
nips, rape and fodder corn, no country
in America can beat this region. All
these crops, save rape, may be seen
growing in luxuriance at almost any
settled point in the district. I have
tested rape and alfalfa in my own lo-
cality, and find them admirably suited
to these soils. To say that this whole
region is
     A PEERLESS GRASS COUNTRY
Is quite within the facts. Blue grass
"I reckon, sir, a clover seed was never
lost in this country." Red clover here
is as reliable as the tides. It never
freezes out, never "heaves" out, but
lives its allotted time, re-seeds the
land, turns a volunteer crop, denser
and stronger than its predecessor, and,
like Tennyson's brook, "goes on for-
ever." Two crops of red clover are
grown in the season with unerring cer-
tainty. Indeed, clover is more tena-
cious here than timothy, and will run
the latter out of a mixed clover and
timothy meadow in two or three sea-
A Heavy Crop of Rye
and white clover, twin "children of the
sun," and the finest grazing herbage
of the middle latitudes, are indigenous,
and grow in wild profusion from the
water lines to the crown of the hills.
For the larger clovers these lime-
freighted soils are a veritable para-
dise. The traveler is rarely out of
sight of them. They have been scat-
tered over the burnt lands, along the
lumber trails, the cow paths, railways,
streets, roadways, and in the clearings
by bird and beast, and may be seen in
stools, fringes, patches and fields,
growing in wild luxuriance. An old
lumberman and farmer, long in the
country, said to me in perfect candor:
sons, leaving the field a dense mass of
its kind as if sown alone, a triumph of
the law of the "survival of the fittest"
in herbal life unknown, we believe, to
any other country. Alsike does equally
well, and is often seen growing in the
burnt lands, by the wayside and in
fields and woods where never a seed
was sown.
            THE CLIMATE
itself will prove one of the strongest
aids to successful sheep husbandry in
this favored and favoring region. The
steady cold of winter gives appetite,
tone and vigor to men and animals-
more, indeed, to the sheep than any
other farm animal. Sleet, slush and
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