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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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DUICUBSION.                         11
Isn't there the same advantage with iamb or even previous to that, and
beef as with sheep?               the comparison been carried on with
Prof  Curtshes     certiy.   In the same kind of feeding right up to
that particular case we had sheep com- the marketing?
ing two years old and we had cattle Prof. Curtisa-No; we would not con-
coming two years Old, and it required sider it as valuable and in the last
eight and nine hundredths pounds ofcse wre took the  lambs immediately
dry matter for a pound of beef, and it from the eves, beginning at an earlier
required eleven pounds for a pound age in order to make that point more
of mutton at that age; but you must sisfactory and also to put the lambs
consider that those yearling sheep on the market at an early age; it
were mature when they went into the would be still better if we could take
experiment, while the cattle were be- the ewes and keep an exact record from
lag matured,                      the day of their birth until the day
A Member-I maintain that a pound they go to market, but It was an im-
of beef, before cattle are a year old, or possibility with the funds we had,
to
about the time they are a year old, can  the kind of ewes necessary to
be made a great deal cheaper than      these lambs and conduct that ex-
after that What sized flock is it most periment.
profitable to keep?                 Mr. Hyatt-How old were the lambs
Prof. Curtiss-Well, usually a small when you took them'
fleck will give you the best results  Prof. Curtiss-In this last case, about
but that question cannot be answered live months, I think; they were with
in an exact way for all conditions all the ewes yet when we bought them,
localities, or all breeds. Some breeds and they were taken right off and
will bunch up in larger flocks better carried on from  that time. We are
than others, but In a general waVYdoing some work In the hog line in
with mutton breeds I think the bet somethTng the same way and we have
results will be obtained by keeping taken= he pigs the day after birth and
the flock down to a hundred, although carried them from that time on until
it frequently happens that a man will they are reaey for market.
have two or three Iundred together  A Member-Would it pay to raise
and do well. It depends on the man sheep on land that cost $50 an acre
a great deal.                     and compete with Uhose parties where
Question-Do you feed your grain the land cost enly $25?
whole or ground?                    Prof.  Urt-England    is a great
Prof. Curtiss-We do not grind our sheep and mutton feeding country;
feed for sheep that have a full mouth ttey are producing a vast amount of
of teeth.                         mutton over there on land that is
Question-What breed would you worth $100 an acre, and they And it as
prefer?                           profitable as any other branch of their
Prof. Curtiss-Well, that breed que  buines. One county of England has
tion is something like the question of  sheep than  the entire state of
the size of the Rock; each man must Wisconsin, twice over. Scotland has
settle for himself. We aid not takead as hih as 1,380 per thousand acres
this up to get into a breed contro- of agricultural land, I don't know
very, but to establish facts with ref- what you have in this state, but in
erence to each breed, ail to present Iowa we have only about twenty-five
wbhat information we could concerning sheep to a thousand acres of agricul-
the merits of all the breeds.     tural land, and I don't think you have
The Chairman-Let me ask you, much more. There is no reason, so far
Professor, i you consider that expert- as the value of the land is concerned
meat as valuable as It would be if it why we can not raise sheep profitably.
a4 tai    baek with the birth of the Canada is raising sheep on land that
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