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The Lambs Are Fed

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THE LAMBS ARE FED not quite all the corn they will eat up clean. In winter feeding they are kept in a single barn without partitions. Twice daily the fat tening lambs are turned out for a half hour, while the feed racks are being filled with hay. They are kept in the rest of the time to save the manure, which is necessary for successful crop production on the farm. The manure is used on the corn land and as a thin top-dressing for meadows and pastures. The barn is arranged so that plenty of fresh air is available all the time. The labor bill amounts to about $1,500 an nually and the net profits about $2,500.

With sheep as with cattle, thousands of head are annually fattened by ers throughout the corn belt for market. While many of the lambs may be bought in the neighborhood, the bulk are from the western ranges.

son and fattened with corn in the fall. Clover, alfalfa and blue grass pastures furnish ideal conditions for the summer range of the hog. The gains on pasture alone are slow and on business farms some grain or other feed is supplied in addition.

In the western tier of corn belt states, alfalfa and sorghum are extensively grown as a forage crop for hogs. In many northern states and Canada, rape, clover, peas and oats are the special crops grown to provide hogs with pas ture. In the South, cowpeas, peanuts, sorghum and Bermuda grass furnish unsurpassed pastures for hogs. Good brood sows will produce from five to 10 pigs each litter and have two litters a year. With good pasture and grain feeding, pigs are ready for market when Sheep ranching in the West and the fattening of western sheep are consid ered in detail in the chapter on sheep.

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