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)
123 WIS CONSIN FAUUES' ll~S'1 - - WISCONisiN FA18V rNVIrlUIlL time you would be placed under the refits of the tess of all these various necessity of buying these fertilizers breeds, representing ten lambs each. and when you do it, it will cost you It will not be necessary for me to take about $400 for every $1,000 worth of the time to read it. grain that you take from the farm You see the Cotswolds made a little For $1,000 worth of sheep at the price the best record in that edxpelMit prevailing today, you only sell about and we have gone over the same groun again -uiu urn -a. wu. $50 worth of matter that is of any value as a fertilizing agent on your form These are conditions which ex- ist, making it strikingly important and essential to finish our products and send them to market in a con- densed form and keep the greatest amount of matter that is of value upon the farm. Further Advantages of Growing Xutton. Another phase, the sheep is not given the consideration as a corn con- denser, and a freight condenser, and a condenser of other farm products, that it is entitled to. You ship $1,000 worth of wool to Chicago today for about $75. Go down here to your rail- road station and load up $1,000 worth of grain to ship to Chicago, and they will charge you $500 to get it there. When we get down in Iowa the farmer takes $1,000 worth of grain to market and the railroad charges him an even $1,000 more to put it down in the mar- ket. We need to condense our freight charges, need to condense the products at home, send abroad the things we do not want. You Wisconsin people are ahead of us a good deal because you can sell $1,000 worth of butter and not sell 50 cents worth of fertilizing material off your farms. Gentlemen, the time is coming when we are going to make our own beet sugar and save a great deal of the money that is now going out of this country. We have been paying Canada during the past five years nearly a million dollars for mutton, and yet they pay 20 per cent for getting those sheep over the bor- ders. You might just as well be mak- ing that mutton here and making a profit on it, as well as your sugar. T have herea dt dAiled remora of the ground again durijas te-4 P381 orae, duplicating the experiment in every respect and adding one or two addi- tionai feature. All of this wool was rated by experts who knew nothing about the breeds; it was carefully marked without any breed names attached to the labels, and appraised on its value on the mar- ket. Stay by the Sheep. I think that these are some of the reasons why the sheep business ought to be established upon a more perma- nent foundation than it is. I believe there is no reason why the agricul- tural lards of Wisconsin will not pro- duce mutton of the highest quality and at comparatively low cost. There is no reason why we should not be producing mutton, not only for our home markets, instead of allowing it to be supplied by the Canadians over there, but we should produce mutton for export and we should also produce wcol to the extent of our home de- mand. We paid $30,000,010 last year for wool brought into this country, wool that we might just as well have produced here at home. We have all the advantages that will enable us to conserve the fertility of our soil and make our land worth more, enable us to condense our freight products, and supply the home market DISMUISION. Question-Is lowland good for sheep? Prof. Curtiss-As a rule it is not. Breeds vary In that respect; the Cots- wolds and some others are breeds bet- ter adapted to the lowlands than the medium sized and smaller ones, and II in M let By I
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