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BEST SHEEP FOR THE NORTHWEST.
"What breed of sheep do you
consider the best for our ranges?"
was asked by a reporter the other
day of Charles McAllister, one of
the leading flock owners of Yakima
"The sheep that will produce a
heavy fleece of good wool and also
has a large carcass for mutton —the
general purpose animal. The De
I y aine Merinos and Rambouillets
are my favorites.''
"Would you advise running pure
bred sheep on the ranges?"
"No; the cross with the ordinary
stock on our ranges is the best.
The majority of the flocks in this
county have Merino blood in them
anyway. This close system of
breeding will result in the develop
ment of size and improvement in
the quality of wool and still retain
the natural hardness of the native
"Ranchk and Range has been
advised that one or two of our
sheepmen are thinking of sending
east for Lincolnshire bucks. Do
you think they are getting the right
stock for this country?"
"I think not; for the reason that
the Iyiucolns are deficient in yolk
producing. As in all arid countries
there is quite a proportion of alkali
in our soils. The absence of the
yolk in the fleece of the Lincolns
allows the alkali to penetrate the
fleece and its chemical effect is to
seriously injure the fibre, making
the wool frowsy and destroying the
strength of the strands. The De
Lames and the Rambouillets have
such a large percentage of yolk in
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RANCHK AND RANOK.
in their wool that the action of the
alkali is prevented. They will
shear from 3 to 4 pounds more of a
finer quality of wool and will al
most equal in mutton weight the
coarse wooled breeds. Three years
ago, when I made a visit to Scot
land and England, I carried with
me twelve samples of wool produced
from the different varieties of sheep
grown in the state of Washington.
At Glasgow I presented them for
inspection in Ramsey & Co. 's office
—the leading wool firm in Scot
land. The manager was so im
pressed with the samples shown
that he telephoned to all parts of
the city and had the chief experts
come in and examine them. They
were loth to believe that the one
specimen taken from a DeLaine
Merino buck that I brought up
from California, was a sample of
wool raised in the United States.
There was nothing that they had
from New Zealand or Australia that
would equal it in quality or length
NORT:iW^3T SHEEP IN NEBRASKA.
A new development in the sheep
industry has been started in Ne
braska by farmers who are feeding
animals which are brought there
from western ranges, including
those from Washington and Oregon.
Sheep raisers in these states have
discovered that it is more profitable
to breed in that state and ship to
Nebraska for feeding.
An enterprising result of this bus
iness is shown through a stock com
mission house in Chicago, which
has furnished farmers money with
which to buy sheep for feeding.
This firm had farmers, who had
—SUCH AS —
their loans to the number ol thirty,
keep an exact and accurate account
of the cost of the sheep, the amount
of corn fed them and what they
brought in the market. In these
thirty test cases the feeders secured
for their corn in every instance from
thirty-five to fifty cents per bushel.
These operations, of course, were
conducted by men of keen insight
and practical knowledge and who
knew just how to handle the busi
ness to the very best advantage.
One striking illustration, and one
that can be duplicated in very many
other instances, is that of a farmer
only a few miles from Lincoln who
mortgaged his farm for $7,000 and
bought sheep to feed. He recently
paid off his mortgage and had left
$2,000 for deposit in the bank and
400 head of sheep yet to market.
It is false economy to purchase
inferior rams at any price.
Wool is being hauled to Arling
ton, Or., over a distance of 40 miles,
for 20, and in some cases, 15 cents,
says the Fossil Journal.
The Idaho cattlemen are at war
with the sheepmen who invade
their range, break down the banks
of irrigation ditches, contaminate
the streams and make trouble gen
erally. They have organized the
Largest stock in the Northwest. All Fiz^s.
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murks used if desired. Write for samples
and prices. Address
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North Yakima, Washington.