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Wisconsin and its opportunities : illustrated by photographs taken in northern Wisconsin

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

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A Natural Sheep Country
natural breeding grounds, and west-
ward lies the market field for thor-
oughbred sheep. And will they be bred
here? Yes; why not? Has not the
good Prof. Craig already founded a
breeding flock of Shropshires only two
counties to the southwest? This crit-
ical sheepman, who has looked far and
wide for a desirable location-and is
it not something better than rumor
that says the foremost sheep breeder
in south Wisconsin-has his weather
eye on the very district of which I am
writing. Yes, gentlemen, I look for a
steady stream of sheepmen to this re-
gion, because I believe in it as grand
a natural sheep country, which needs
only an introduction to the American
sheep-keeping public to make it a
point for rapid settlement. And I am
for the country. Before me came Prof.
W. A. Henry, the first American au-
thority on grasses and the dean of the
Wisconsin Agricultural College. Prof.
Thos. Shaw, of the Minnesota Agri-
cultural College and Experiment Sta-
tion (now Editor of The Farmer), and
one of the ablest champions of the
sheep industry, came later. Prof. John
A. Craig, one of the most capable and
critical sheepmen in the country, came
early, saw clearly and has gone on
record with unstinted praise of this
region as a sheep country. Prof. Henry
indorses the country to sheepmen in
positive terms. Prof. Shaw goes on
record with his warm approval.
  A dozen miles north of Phillips, at
Fifield, the north and south forks of
the Flambeau river (both broad, clear,
rapid streams) drain a large and par-
ticularly fine district for handling
sheep, most of it high, rolling, burnt
land, well covered with grass and
easily cleared. Like the Squaw creek
country east of Phillips, this district is
admirably suited
  The country, of which I have given
at best but superficial glimpses, is
without serious blemish that I have
yet seen in this north country, but to
the great mass of sheepmen is as verit-
able terra-incognita as the shores of
the Polar ocean.  The men of the
flocks have drifted westward with the
popular tide of travel and empire till
the plains and mountains are covered
with their great herds and the grazing
fields are taxed to their full capacity.
To ambitious young shepherds there
is little left of room or opportunity on
the treeless plains or in the mountains.
I call their attention to this region be-
cause the soil is virgin, the fields fresh
and untrodden, and possibilities of
sheep husbandry great enough to sat-
isfy a great ambition. That
           A BRIGHT FUTURE
is in store for breeders, feeders and
flocks in this country of peerless clov-
ers and grasses admits of no question.
Competence, comfort and even wealth
are here for level-headed men who
seek them.

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