Rural and Sheep Suggestions.
If you keep the ewes in dirty quarters do not be surprised at loss of-lambs. There are indications in the market that sheep breeders are keeping their best stock.
One man estimates nine sheep the equal of one cow in value and cost of maintenance.
Protect the sheep from dogs. How? In any way you can do it. There is a heap of suggestion in that broad advice. In selecting a ram get one that will raise the standard of the flock. Certainly that is the only purpose of changing rams. The sheep may have liver flukes anc still live and do well. Just how many a sheep can have without injury cannot be determined.
The beginner in raising sheep and growing wool had better begin on a small scale. That is a perfect good rule in any new business.
Barbed wire is a good fence for sheep. If they are furnished' with good pasture it will not require much wire to make an efficient fence.
The politicians always have their fingers in the wool. Sometimes they do the wool grdwer a favor, but they do themselves two favors while granting hii) one. Are you growing all the .wool on that sheep that you might grow if you tried ? Are you making the sheep produce all the mutton that it might produce ? If not you are wasting your resources.
Push the business of raising sheep and growing wool, but observe reasonable limits. : If everybody goes to stocking up heavily with sheep, down go the profits. .Keep a reasonable sized flock on the farm and there will be money in the business.
Sheep after they reach the age of two years seldom have tape worm. Three ounces of the powdered root of the male fern once a week, followed three hours after by a purgative of linseed oil, is a good treatment for tape worm.
, It is sometimes difficult to, determine how to go to work to make improvement in some things. But if you have not got a good buck at the head of your flock it is very easy to make an improvement. Get a good buck by all means.
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Rural and Sheep Suggestions., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2454, 30 June 1890
Rural and Sheep Suggestions. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2454, 30 June 1890
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