Fattening Lambs on Oats
v. - w (To the Editor). Sir,— My interest in tho production of prime lamba and sheep in Southland induces me to ask you to publish these few lines.; For years I have been urging on farmers^ to use their cheap corn for sheep, but more especially for fat lamb production, and at no time has it paid better than at present, with high .prices for^meatr and wool. With oats at Is 2d to Is '4d per bushel, any farmer using them wilL find his stock fatten much more quickly. If one pound of oatis is given per day to each lamb either oh turnips, rape, kale, or clover feed, the farmer will find his oats riett him from Is 9d to 2s per bushel; the sheep carrying his corn to market instead of heavy haulage with horses and labour to pay for. The principal reason why I state one pound of "oats\ to each lamb is befcaiu'se a lamp i has a very small stomadi and will thrive so laetter than if fed on chaff with the oats, and as they pass no whole corn there is no need to crush thecn. Another advantage -is that clean pata are more easily carted out to the lambs than oatsheaf chaff, and can be '' fed in shallow troughs made of three boards, or 'else in long sacking troughs made from old sacks opened lengthways, sewn together, and tied to a netting or wire fence— a contrivanco any farmer- can adopt very cheaply. I/would also recolramend the growth of "thousand-headed kale " instead of rape, as being a safer crop and lasting two seasons, seldom Wigihtuig, and veiT few stock die whilo' fattening. It grows well in the winter months and is splendid feed for the ewes in early spring when there' ia ho -other feed. Drill 21 inches apart ns rape, use li to 21b of seed per acre, and use the best : seed obHamable.-* l' am, &c. , ARTHUR L. JOSEPH 1 . Christchurch, 25th May-
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