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NEIGHBORHOOD BETTERMENT SPECIAL.
hi emk] Famm ©a^ewe A Farm and Ionic Weekly for Mississippi, Alabama, *\a, Arkansas and Tennessee. ________BIRMINGHAM, VllMlIS, TKNN. Vol. XXVII. No. 38. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 1912. w77u7T$7 a Year. _ “ “ L- 11 - -' __»_*,—■■■ _ Neighborhood Co-operative Buying of Livestock. IT^ L O O D will tell. ~ fj Any number of in stances may be found where the blood of a good sire has made its impress on the qual ity of the livestock of a neighborhood, which I has continued evident for half a century. Such sires leave a legacy of valuable ani mals to a neighbor ) hood, out of all pro portion to their cur rent market price or cost. A good sire, wheth er he be stallion, bull or boar, may cost more I money than the indivi I dual farmer feels he can pay, or can raise; | but any neighborhood | can afford such an | animal. Where $100 or $1000, is invested in females for breeding I purposes the extent of their usefulness and the range of their in fluence on the im provement of the live stock in the neighbor hood are limited; but when a 1 ike amount ic I— , » _A PERCHERON-tHE TYPE OF SIRE NEEDED TO IMPROVE THE FARM WORK STOCK OF THE SOUTH. invested in a good sire the number of his offspring may be a hun t red-fold more and his value to the community correspondingly N’o one man in a neighborhood may be able to spend $800 to $1000 tor a stallion, but no neighborhood in the South can afford longer to do without the services of such a sire. Many Southern farmers are now buying grade draft mares for mule breeding and for doing farm work. This is good, but how much moie effective would $1,000 invested in a good draft stallion to breed on our own native mares be, in increasing the value of the livestock m any community, over the same amount invested in mares to breed t‘> jacks. Such an animal as illustrated on this page might well Vie worth $10,000 to any neighborhood if bred to from 50 to 100 mares 11 ye«tr for ten years. Scrub bulls are everywhere, their presence being proclaimed by scrub cattle of all types, breeds and kinds. One county in the South vas a reputation for dairy cattle, which brings it buyers from all over outh, Mexico and Cuba, to which it ships more than a hundred t ar oads a \ ear. All this business had its inception in the presence of ne * eeder of Jersey cattle who used good sires, the progeny and in uences of which have radiated all over the country and has brought ;-— to it hundreds of thousands of dollars in the increased value of its cat tle. To obtain the same results any county in the South could well af- i ford to invest $50,000 in bulls. FEATURES OF THIS ISSUE. A < LI 1$ I'OK FARM WOMEN—A Plan of Organization. It BREAKING UP ENGLAND’S BIG ESTATES—Hon the English People Are Getting “Back to the Land”. 11 HANDLING APPLES FOR COLD STORAGE—Why So Much Fruit Rots . 15 OX GETTING HOME—Ilo\v Mr. Poe Feels on His ltd urn. It) PRACTICAL INFORMATION ABOUT OATS—Preparation of Land, Seeding, Time to Sow. .. PRACTICAL WORK FOR BETTER NEIGHBORHOODS—Four Sug. gestive Letters. - PROGRESSIVE RURAL SCHOOLS ESSENTIAL—Neighborhood Betterment Possible Only Through Them. 4 THE ( OST OF DRAINAGE—By an Experienced Contractor H THE WOMAN’S PART IN NEIGHBORHOOD BETTERMENT—Sug. gestions by Mrs. Stevens. H TOO Ml t'H HARD WORK—How Farmers Do It. and Why. . Ill TREES ON THE HOME GROUNDS—Mr. Niven's Fifth Article . . . 17 A OI AND A OI R NEIGHBORS—The Necessity for C’o-operution . . 10