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)
I r ! ' 7 ; ' - i , EP FEEDING EXPERMENTS 127 of pactical Interest, not only to quired to make a pound on a lamb un- the sheep men, but to the producers der the same conditions. It also cost of all live stock, is the advantage of 4.44 cents for that food for each pound feeding animals for the market when of increase on the yearlings. There they are young, producing early ma- was the difference between 2.88 and turity to aa large a degree as is con- 4.44 cents upon e xactly the same food, sistent with the best results. I know the same surroundings, and the same that in the cattle business it Is not al- care. There is a very striking illustra- ways most profitable for men to force tion of the advantage in the sheep an animal from start to finish; it de- market of putting the animal on the ponds very much upon what the agri- market at an early age; it required 56 cultural conditions are and the sur- per cent. more to make a pound of mut- roundings. For instance, last sum. ton on a yearling Shropshire then on mer I spent a day among the cattle a shropnhire lamb and It sold for 37t feeders of Kentucky. down in the cents less on the market. It is time famous blue grass region. I found to consider this influence In relation cattle grazing in those excellent blue to the mutton business; other txings grass pastures in June, that were com- being equal, you see early maturity ing four years old, and I learned that has a decided advantage, and if we those cattle had no grain or feed, ex- are going to produce mutton we must cept some corn fodder during the win- produce It most economically, and we ter, but blue grass from the time they must produce mutton that the market were taken off milk until they were will pay the price for. Those are the ready for market. The winters are two important factors thOt should be mild, the gras is good, and they can uppermost in the minds of the farmer afford to carry a steer longer than we all the time. can where we have to feed through the long winters; they grow them at Why We Should Base Sheep. a very moderate expense, until they There are some other features In ref- have attained their growth, and then erence to the sheep business that I they fWish them off on corn. If we want to call your attention to, briefly. are feeding high priced grain all the and it seems to me that they are some time, It Is a different matter. The of the most important reasons why tact of the advantage of the younger the farmers of this state and of other animal over the older and more ma- agricultural states should turn their tured animal, is one that has an im- attention to the mutton Industry and portant bearing upon this subject. the wool Industry, rather than to the One of the objects of our experiment production of grain. I know you are also was to determine the relative cost not doing as much In the way of of producing a pound of mutton from grain raising In this state as we do in lambs and from sheep a year old or Iowa, but you are doing too much of over. We had in here a bunch of it; you are not condensing the prod- Shropahires, coming one year old, and uct, you are not manufacturing at another bunch coming two years old. borne as much as you should. You I have given you the results of all the may sell $1,000 worth of wheat today sheep coming one year old and the and wlth it you take from your farm Shropshires are just about an average $00 worth of fertilizing material. You but we will compare the results from Will probably think that I have put an the lambs with the yearlings. For the figures too high for Wisconsin, be- those yearlings it required eleven cause you do not buy very much in the pounds of food to make a pound of way of commercial fertilizers, but if gain; it required In that case 56 per you were to go on with your cropping cent more grain to make a pound of and taking from your farm and ship- mutton on a yeerlIng sheep than It re- p off these products, in a very short hL__
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