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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)


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they are adapted to lowlands because  Prof. Curtis-Yes, snd I think there
they have been produced upon that will not be nearly   as much difculty
kind of land, but for the breeds that with that trouble in another season.
are probably most numerous In the It is the first time in years that we
United States, low land is not favor- have experienced any such loss, and
able. However, there Is very little dif- the great trouble has been that
all the
ficulty on that point. I know there is flock  maters have allowed the disease
a general idea that our land is too wet to progress too far before beginning
for sheep, but there is no difficulty treatment. A sheep that is badly in-
about that. You may have some verr fected with  worms cannot be very
low land, some bogs and swamps in profitable, but I think that it we begin
this state that- would not be adapted early and feed  worm remedies  and
to sheep production, but the ordinary thingsaof that kind to keep the worms
uarming lands and pastures that have from establishing themselves in the
been reasonably well drained are well flock, we won't have much trouble.
suited to the sheep business.      There are a number of worm remedies,
Mr.   Hyatt-I kept one hundred some of them are patented and on the
sheep upon a reclaimed swamp, and  I market, and a number are prescribed
never had sheep do any better.     by veterinarins. Turpentine  Is one
Mr. Hays-I have been in the sheep of the best, but it is a little more dif-
business a good while, and my sheep ficult to administer in the food as a
are pastured principally on lowland. preventive. I would rather use a pow-
I have ten acres and I have kept 150 der, something that can be fed with
to 200 sheep on it, at times. MY sheep grain, without the necessity of drench-
have done well on both high and low  ing each sheep.
land until this season when they have  Mr. Hays-Did you ever make an
been troubled with worms.           examination of the sheep's stomach
Prof. Curtiss-That has been a very after it died?
general trouble.                    Prof. Curtis-Yes; our veterilnar-
Mr. Hays-What was your loss In    ans have repeatedly examined all we
those sheep in a year?             lost, and we found as many as four
Prof. Curtiss-I presume we lost ten different kinds of worms infesting the
to fifteen per cent., mainly from worms. sheep.
Mr. Hays-I have been in the sheep  Mr. Hays-I had a veterinarian ex-
business a long time, and I never lost amine one of mine and we found on
but one head until this winter. How the fourth stomach, the last stomach
does the Oxford compare with the it looked like high inflammation, but
Cctswold and the Lincoln?           you would scrape it off and look
Mr. Hyatt-Hadn't we better pet- through the glass and see little worms
tion McKinley to protect us from dogs, as big as a cambric needle, just stick-
and never mind the tariff?         ingbin there thick. That sheep had no
Prof. Curtin-That is a good sugges- blood at all.
tion.                                Prof. Curtiss-That is one of the
The Oxford is a large breed and first symptoms; the sheep will become
a heavier shearer than the other Down pale and apparently bloodleas.
breeds but hardly  as heavy as the   Mr. Goodrich-I am thinking of go-
Cotawold and Lincoln. They, as you ing into the sheep business. It seems
understand, belong to the Down breeds; from your experiment that the larger
they originated by a combination of the breed the less food it takes to
the Down breeds and the long wools; make a pound of gain. Does that rule
they are a large, heavy breed, well ad- hold good?
apted to good agricultural conditions.  Prof. Curtiss-No it does not. The
Mr. Hays-Did you give your sheep Cotswold has proven itself a very re-
nythlng for this disese'           sponDive f9eer i  our experl t
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