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The Mule Colt


THE MULE COLT is taught to eat grain before it is weaned, which takes place at the age of four months. At weaning time the colts are put in a barn and fed bran, oats, cut grass, and clean hay. After about two weeks they may be turned on pasture, preferably alfalfa or clover with some grain. Little variation is needed on this system till mules are two years old. Then if they are to be sold, they must be fattened; otherwise they bring but a small price. The fol lowing fattening regimen has been pro posed by Jones: "The sugar mule should be placed in the barn with plenty of room and not much light about the first of November, before he is two years old, and fed about 12 ears of corn per day and all the nice, well-cured clover hay he will eat, and there kept until about the first of April. Then in the climate of middle Tennessee the clover is good, and the mule may be turned out on it without fear of firing, that is, heating so as to cause scratches, as the green clover removes all danger from this source. During the time they run on clover they eat less bay, but this should always be kept by them." Later they are put in barns or sheds and fed green clover and grain in the form of sheaf oats and bran. Ground barley may be fed in June ad libitum. Later they may be fed, in several separate grain rations, green roasting ears, shelled corn, bran and oats. Bran and oats are considered necessary for giving the proper finish to the coat. Mules fed in this way until the September after they are two years old, should weigh 1150 to 1350 pounds. The sugar mule market opens in September.

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