This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1856 edition. Excerpt: ...with a proportionate diminution of the quantity, Bo that, while I was enabled to obtain an advanced price per pound for a given number of fleeces, the aggregate value had in reality decreased, in consequence of the decrease in weight; I also found the animals to be less hardy--less able to withstand the great changes of our variable climate, and, consequently, much more subject to disease. A change, therefore, seemed to be necessary. This was sought to bo effected by the introduction of the pure Merino blood, as distinguished from the Saxony, and for the last ten years I have used bucks of that description, to the exclusion of all others, and have reason to be well satisfied with the change. With the Saxony sheep, the annual average loss from disease and other causes amounted to nearly ten per cent. Since the change made in the course of breeding, the average annual loss does not exceed two per cent., and that arising mostly from accidental causes. I have thus become convinced that, in this locality, (it being on a range of land in latitude 43,) the Spanish or French Merino sheep is to be preferred to the Saxony, if wool-growing is expected to be made profitable. The principal benefits I have found to result from the change are the following:--1. An increase of the average weight of fleece from about 2£ to nearly 4 pounds. 2. Getting a close and compact fleece, comparatively impervious to the weather, and thus furnishing a more perfect protection to the body ol the sheep from wet and cold. 8. Consequently a more firm and vigorous constitution. 4. And in consequence of the preceding, better breeders, and greater success in reaving the lambs. The only offset to these advantages that I have yet perceived is a light sacrifice in the...
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