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Results of Two Years Close Observation
in the Yakima Valley,
IIV Xl), WKIXKW.
When sheep are to lie fed for winter
mutlOll good resul's will be obtained in
the following manner:
If sheep are near the feeding grounds
early in the fall allow them to graze on
an alfalfa field (or other good pasture)
from about tin; lOtli 10 the last of
Experiments have proven Hint wlieie
the alfalfa has grown ' to ' the height of
fro ten to fourteen inches results ate
much better i>nd le ss danir< rous limn
where it is smaller. If pastured ril al
falfa, the first fi-w days the sheep should
not be allowed to' maze more than one
hour at a time, or loss will result from
bloating; and it should he remembered
that the younger and smaller the alfi.lfa
the more dangerous. This fact seems
not to be well understood by most sheep
men, though experiments have proven it.
to be true. The last few days that sheep
are allowed to graze in the fall they
B'iould be fed es eh morning and evening
a small feed of hay, alfalfa being the
best. At this time they should be kept
as quiet as possible fo as to accustom
them to the quietness of the .feeding
corrals in which they should now he
The corrals should be arranged to hold
about 400 each ; they should he about four
times as lons' as wide ahd I lie teed racks
placed along each side, Ihe corral fence
forming quo of. the feed racks so ar
unfed. Allow plenty of room.for. exer
cise and no more.
If possible have a watering place at
one em! of each corral ami always keep
plent> of uno<\ stock suit near the water.
The erroneous idea Unit sheep fed on al
falfa hay need little; water or salt, should
not be entertained by any one who hopes
to receive profit from feeding mutton
In making the feed racks obsei ye 'the
following rules: Make lie racks or
boxes about twenty inches wide and four
feet high ; posts for these should l.c
about eijjht feet apart and the home's
nailed on horizon'ill I)'. The lirs", or
bottom board, should be ei^ht inches
wide and placed about two inches from
the ground; the next one (any width
will do) should be placed, for feeding
lambs, light inches above the first ; for
old sheep nine to eleven inches above. A
pole or board ah »ye I lie second one will
answer to keep the buy in. , .
Nevci drhe Ihe feed wiiijoiiin the feed
yards if it can :be avoided. Allow one
linear toot for each grown sheep and
eight or nine inches for lambs.
Do not feed sheep and lambs together
RANCHK AND KANGE.
if the best results are to obc obtained.
Alfalfa is the best for winter feeding,
and experience has proven that alfalfa
cut when the first bloom appears is from
ten to thirty per cent better than when
cut at any other time. The reason i 9 ob
vious. At this time the plant contains
its greatest amount of albuminoids; cut
after Ih h time it contains more crude
fibre and less albuminoids. Alfalfa hay
cut when in full bloom will yield more
tonnage but the same field will not yield
us much profit for feeding sheep as when
cut as before staled.
Clover hay is very cheap feed hut is
not as desirable, as the yield is much less
than alfalfa. Feed plenty of bright al
falfa bay. Wet or mouldy hay of any
kind is not only of no value to mutton
sheep but on the other hand will cause
thfi sheep to waste good hay . Good re
sults have been obtained from feeding
alfalfa alone, but better results from feed
ing a few potatoes with it, and still bet
ter from feeding carrots instead of pota
toes. Carrots and po'atoes contain very
little or no fat but aid in digestion. A
very valuable feed is obtained by mixing
a little straw with alfalfa. Sheep are
fattened quickest by feeding chopped
barley with alfalfa, but in nearly every
case the grain is worth more than the
extra weight produced.
They should always have sheds to lie
miner and should never be allowed to
bed on wet ground.
Very old Bheep are valueless as winter
GU ILL AND HOTEL
HEADQUARTERS FOR STOCKMEN.
First-class accommodations for the public. Kates, $1 per
day; regular boarders, $4 per veek. Telephone No. 14.
Special Accommodations for Families.
F>UL,L,BY & MUGGINS,
. . ■ ' - ■- IDestlers In.
Dry Goods, Shoes, Hats, Groceries, &c
Good Goods at Fait* prices.
GALL AND SEE US WHEN IN THE CITY.
Sheepherders' Shoes, Hats, Etc.
LOVTE ELO^K . - . "^-A-ICII^A A.YE.
feeders, and lute lambs seldom net much
profit when fed for winter mutton.
When no farm pasture is available the
sheep should be taken from the ranee.
It is represented that the rape plant
makes the best fall piisture and in some
parts of the east it bids fair to displace
all other kinds of full pnsture.
Nokth Yakima, Wash.
Drop the scrubs.
At Union, Or., a two set woolen mill is
Forty steam p>wer shearing machines
will be operated at Walton, Wo.. this
The American Sheep Breeder urges the
use of shearing machines as a matter of
economy in the production of wool.
A good many sheep buyers are in
Heppner, Or., purchasing for eastern
shipment. One man is buying 10,000
The warehouses at The Dalles are
preparing for tlie wool season. Z. F.
Moody has rereived a carlo id of wool
More sheep and mutton are being fed
In Nebraska at «lie present time than
ever have been ted before in any state in
a single season.