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 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 NOT ALONE IN MY LIKING 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 FOR LARGE FLOCKS. The country, of which I have given at best but superficial glimpses, is THE LARGEST BODY OP GOOD TERRITORY, 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. 25
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