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KITTITAS FARMERS' INSTITUTE.
"Our Domestic Animals"-Paper Read by
William A. Conant.
First, is (rod's best gift to man,
the horse, by some condemned and
pronounced worthless because they
think the bicycle, the electric car
riage and delivery wagon, and steam
engine will supersede him?
I think differently. Along with
the great depression in all lines of
business, the horse got its full share
of the low prices. What has been
the result? Men have ceased to
raise colts as they used to in the
past. In the middle states not more
than ten colts are reared where six
or seven years ago a hundred was
nearer the number. Hardly a colt
is seen in New England, and very
few are raised in Europe. What
follows? Men must have horses,
no matter what machines are in
vented. A man who is not more
of a brute than a horse loves a good
horse next to wife and children, and
there always will be thousands of
employments and places for horses.
First-class stock for driving pur
poses, and heavy draft horses for
heavy work, will always be in de
mand, and will soon bring fair
prices once more. Inferior horses
of any breed are like balky horse
drivers, the fewer the better.
In all of my life's journey and
observations I have never seen a
country so well adapted as this to
the successful raising of first-class
horses. They do finely on the range
for eight or nine months in the
year, and require very little atten
tion during the winter. Sheds with
plenty of good straw well stacked
will keep them in good form and
growing. We have a fine stock of
horses of the various breeds to se
lect from and use only the best of
whatever type we select to breed.
And second, our cattle claim our
attention. The various breeds all
have their admirers, and as places
and needs differ, all fill some useful
purpose; but milk and its products
is a vast and growing industry, em
ploying many millions of capital.
Many thousands of men earn their
support in producing and handling
the streams of milk that flow from
millions of cows, and in a short
time this valley will be the cows'
Eden. But which is the best breed?
Men's minds, habits and circum
stances differ, and they must choose
to suit their various wants. lam
a Shorthorn Berkshire man, with a
Clydesdale tendency, and am proud
Now, can we grow beef? We
RANCHK AND RANGK.
can grow the sweetest and tenderest
beef I ever tasted, and that without
grain of any kind. To a man fresh
from the eastern states it seems in
credible that such tender, rich,
sweet-flavored meat can l)e produced
on bunch grass and hay- no mat
ter whether of rye grass, of clover,
or of alfalfa- they all produce meat
fit for any palate, and being made
without grain, we can hold our
own with the best breeders and
feeders. As to breed, the Short
horn is pre-eminent, in my opinion.
Some prefer the Hereford, others
the Galloway, Red Polls or Polled
Angus. They are all good, but for
all-around cattle, give me the Short
Now as to swine: They are the
natural heirs to the dairy, consum
ing the skimmed and buttermilk
returned from the creamery. This,
with plenty of good grass, will
make them grow very -rapidly.
Which is the best breed? Here I
am up against some Chester White
grower or Essex admirer, or may be
some one whose faith is in Poland
Chinas. They are all good hogs if
only well fed, but for all purposes
and all-around hogs, that combine
size, hearty constitution, aptness to
fatten at any age, with more well
marbled lean meat, and more choice
cuts in proportion to gross weight,
the English Berkshire is my favor
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ite; but as liberality and humanity
are my religions, others will do as
I do, choose to suit themselves, and
I will not envy them.
I have had but little experience
with sheep, and none in this land
of hills and dales (principally hills)
which seem to be better adapted to
grazing sheep than any other stock,
and my opinion is that the sheep
grower is on the high road to for
tune. Sheep, unlike other animals,
yield three crops a year, namely: a
crop of lambs, a crop of wool and
a crop of mutton. There certainly
is pleasure and profit in sheep.
Shall I speak of our dogs? No
well-regulated home is without
some kind of a dog. There are
many dogs which are good in many
ways and places, but nearly every
dog is some one's true friend, and I
often think of the stanza in the old
song —"I will never never find, a
better friend than old dog Tray.''
Those who love animals and de
light to feed them and watch their
growth and maturity—they are the
ones to succeed in their propaga
gation, and the only ones fit to own
or handle stock. A rough, boister
ous man is far worse than none at
all among stock. Never drive
stock with an untrained or vicious
dog. Always remember that kind
ness to all of our animals is cash in
hand in the end.