Wisconsin and its opportunities : illustrated by photographs taken in northern Wisconsin
Burch, L. D.
Northern Wisconsin: a natural sheep country, pp. -25 PDF (1.1 MB)
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 22
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