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Iournal for Farmers.
Stock-Raisers.anotheir Families. " 'v '• STARKVILLh. Mbs. OCTOBEK 1.1905. 50CENTS A YEAR. I A Pica f.»r Mules I -If* C-xbt. L-rt-.neron. Kr. 1 The acc 'JR pan 4 log picture I *hoa - a car < ad of Kentucky I mare tn e c It*, purchased at s I an v — ,»ge price >f $«*) when I tb- ware from 10 days to two I tnon h«t o'f*. and delivered**^‘to i Vr tht *c colt* were the I 9* ot Rsrt c -ant*es. The buv-1 trr> ■ h * mt>kpw h«»v<* front* sooj r a e c('ll'* ru^v *ca**tn, *r in 1 r. ire ‘e n *elects their wn n arye Seel and b-nr, w.th a* tt h we icht a- ;>o«*«*itde, w.th arge hear* and !< ng ear* We find the tent colt* we huv are out of mare* vi'h from on * foutlb tf» one ha.* dr^lt bi«»od :n •h m. which .'.raft blood give* them 'he iiooe an 1 teieht, wrhilr tbt- K n* j. kv '>» o il ifini them the »tv e and finish. We think a c<dt whch stands three feet five inches to :hree feet %i* incb e* nigh, proper y ared f.*r when w< .«n d «! 5 ' ‘o 5.5 nchc*. when fu v d v tij»r<1 will mea^uri I* ' *•> !♦*. 1 hand* h gh, and that ®.»*e* tom good en ugh for an m r ket ' For breeding mules we pre fer a jack w;th iarge foot and buw bone, with weight in pro portico, MS to 15s.* hands high, as they arc more uniform than the a'ger acks. The smaller ja - - colts are more compact an . etter feeders, while as a ru e the arger jacks* colts are t<»> ggv and have not enough w» ght. As to fred.og and taking care of mule colts. svc feed them jfreca corn cut sn a cutting *>ox until after frost. vs:?b oid corn. Usually four or five ears a dav. (f«v>d clover has* and sheaf oat*. We find that bran and chopper? feed about twice a sv ek are very ifood, as such a ration keep* the bowels in uo »d condition We think bedding is very essential, either straw or corn fodder. We have found corn louJer a very good bedding, as it is coarser than straw, and the shed trill keep drier with fodder bed ding. Once a week we sprinkle air slacked lime, not U»o heavily, on the bedding to prevent the mules ha'mg sore f» et. We keep plcntv of fresh water in their trough and plenty of salt, sulphur and wood ashes m separate trough in the shed. I he <oad of mule colts shown in the accompanying illustration *oid the first of September. !‘H>4. for j 27.5*' and the buyer re fused SI '*> the day he received *b« m. the maprttv of our small m.s!e c its are bought up by Pennsy van a buyers, for S*4> to S*>4* at weaning time; the larger ones, seilinjf for f**0 to 5‘*0, are bought by Kentucky buyers aod kept for sut^ar mules. The small colts that iro to Pennsyl vania are driven through the country and peddled out to the !armers bv the pair; they find it v«-rv profitable to #row them untii three or four years old and sell to the miners. The mule is alway s ready for the I market, and fin is a ready sale at any a^e. Breeders usually take their best mares to hor-es and breed the common ones to the ; ick*. You may take a stallion that COSt $1 .<**) to 52 ‘1*0 and breed to mares of the >aoie quality vou would bree i to a 55n or *1,*h*» jack; the tuulcs wi.» brinij' a third m>rc a* weaning time, and often double. Toev tan be kept at less expense, and will always be the greater money iuaW«v. Th- world. day bv day and year by year, is becoming more acquainted with the Ameri can mule, because it is the best on the jjlobe. Ail na ions that handle mules are purchasers of American mule*. In a general way m a very large majority at tbe States of of tbe Union tbe mule is valued higher than the horse. In Iowa, the greatest bor-e State in the Union, witn her many high priced imported horses, the horse is valued at 554 41 per head, while the mu e, with its average has a valuation of 570 07, which is 515 5»» higher than the horse in that state. In Illinois, another great herse state, the horse is valued at only 555.5<», whPe the mule makes the aver age of 5'-5 S‘»t being 510 55 in ad vance of tbe horse. In Kansas tbe horse is valued at 54s »>♦,, the mule at 5**-1 22. In Nebraska the horse is placed at $50.44; the mule at $t»5.7'b Is it not astounding' Taking the whole Union, and