Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes / Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes : a hand-book of agriculture
Bulletin No. 11 (1897)
Curtiss, C. F.
Sheep feeding experiments, pp. 122-132 PDF (3.1 MB)
SHEEP FEEDING EXPERIME 126 experiments have been conducted In cent a pound. A greet many payw the nited States, is 10.25 pounds. In six and seven cents when cattle will all theme experiment s the sheep hafnot sell for over our and a halt or bad the advantage; it will make a flve cents, but here in the sheep busi- pound of mutton for less than It costs ness we produced from ei those breeds to make a pound of beef, even when a gain in the weight for very much you give no credit whatever for the Iles, only a litte over one-halt what feece. That fact has been clearly the product asworth when went demonstrated by all the best work to market. done at experiment stations. Lger Gain for Food Consumed. i dorther Comparison of Mutten and There are some other features in ref- erence to this. It is sometimes said Beef. that eattle and sheep eat the same I The thing that the sheep industry amount of food per thousand pounds needs is establishment on a more sub- of live weight. I have been asked very stantesl basis When we go into it, we frequently at Farmers' Institutes, How wtant to do so with the 90derstanding many sheep can be kept on an acre that we are producing mutton at a of land, or how MyW sheep can be profit as long as it sells as high as kept on the same food that it will re- beef or a little higher, and that it is a quire to keep a cow or a thousand permanently profitable business one pound steer, and it is frequently stated year after another, even it we do not that a thousand pounds of live weight get anything for the wool; but even in in sheep will eat as much as a thou- times of depression 'we can figure on sand pounds of live weight in cattle n average a dollar a head for wool, no less and no more. Now, that is an- and in some cases considerably more other erroneous doctrine; that sta than that. The figures that I gave ment will not stand the test of inves- you in reference to the lambs applied tigation. We found in this work that l to the entire lot; it included Merinos, cattle ate 19.6 of dry matter per thou- it included the Dorsets, and the cross- sand pounds of live weight; that is, it bred merinos and Shropshires and all we had a steer and It weighed about the rest, many of which were not a thousand pounds, it would take 19.6 strictly mutton breeds. By dropping pounds of food each day for that out thcse and taking only the strictly steer. We found, however, that when mutton breeds we find we had 23,792 we would take a thousand pounds of pounds of feed, which produced 3,281 sheep, representin all breeds, that it pounds of mutton, or one pound to 7.25 required 29 pounds of food a day to of food consumed, and that that food sustain them and feed them up to charged at the market price and the their full capacity; so y ou see that gain credited gave us mutton at a cost sheep consume more per thousand of 2.88 cents a pound. Now, those pounds live weight than cattle, some sheep sold from $4 50 to $4.75, and it thing like 48 per cent. more food, but, only cost us $2.88 on the mutton on that food the steer gains 2.14 pounds q breeds to make 100 pounds of mutton. a day, while the sheep gain 3.73 pounds Nor, we figure that if we can make a day; in other words, while the sheep gain on cattle for even one to two were consuming 48 per cent more cents a pound, more than the cattle food, they made a gain of 75 per cent will sell for, that we are making more weight. There is another com- money, provided a satisfactor price parison in favor of the sheep. is realized. I have known men to pay ten cents a pound for gain put on eat- atr to Markcet. 1 tie In the feeding lot, when they could [ Now, another pokn n that was brought not sell the cattle for over Ave or six out ther9 I, th e work, and one that L, ~~~~~~l
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