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Saline Farm Notes

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The editor of the Michigan Farmer visited Saline recently and writes the following agricultural report f rom that section: A few days ago we dropped into Saline to meet Mr. Henry Burns, of San Antonio, Texas, who was a partner of Mr. A. A. Wood in the shipment of Michigan merinos to Australia. It was expected the remainder of the shipment would be sold July 4th, but up to the time of our visit no report had been received from Mr. George Wood, in charge of them, as to how the sale had turned out. The bank failures in Australia, Mr. Burns said, had given all business interests a severe set-back, and the depression following had affected the sheep interests very injuriously. He and Mr. Wood will ship a few very high class rams to Texas as an experiment, but they did not hope for returns at all adequate to the risks involved and the money invested. The rams had been purchased, however, and a test of the market would be made. The season has been a good one so far in this section. The hay erop had been good, wheat better than expected, but oats were light. On the A. A. Wood farm wheat and hay had all been got in, and Mr. Wood said one field of wheat would yield fully thirty bushels to the acre. There was a good showing in the new seeding. Oats, however, were light, but corn and beans were looking very fine, as were roots. The flock of merinos on his farm did not show the effects of cheap wool. They were up to the Standard which Mr. Wood has always maintained, and the lambs were superior in size and quality. At G. L. Hoyt's the same state of things was observed. In fact, Mr. Hoyt has the best lot of yearling rams he has ever raised - square, blocky sheep, fine heads and great fleeces. Not a poor one in the lot. They were sired by a ram bred by A. A. Wood, sired by The Colonel, and he by Trojan, and out of a Rich ewe. This doubling up of Rich blood has given Mr. Hoyt a great stock ram. Ira Wood had got his wheat in, and a thresher was putting it in shape for market, but the low price is anything but pleasant to contémplate. F. C. Wood was in the oats, but we had a look at his breeding ewes, and found them and his lambs in good shape. At Saline we called on George J. Nissly, the well knqwn poultry breeder. His yards are situated close to the village, and comprise eleven acres of ground, fitted up with extensive and well arranged buildings adapted to the business. All the latest improvements are in use, and the incubators, brooders, etc, are an attractive feature for visitors. Mr. Nissly has a number of the improved breeds, each kept, in separate runs, with high wire fences dividing them. It would require a good deal of space to give a full description of the grounds. The ground not occupied by the buildings and runs has been put into small fruits - strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc. A number of plum trees have been planted in the runs to test the ability of poultry to fight that great enemy of the plum - the curculio. These trees had not been sprayed, vet we found them loaded down with fruit and entirely free from any appearance of having been attacked by the insect. Outside of the runs Mr. issly had planted a number of )lum and apricot trees, and these had been sprayed and fowls allowed to run under them. They were filled with fruit, the plum trees especially being so heavily loaded as to bend down the branches. The apricot is a delicious fruit, and we were pleased to see the trees doing so well. Mr. Nissly keeps his eleven acres very rich, and the yield of the various small fruits is astonishing. By the way, he publishes a fine catalogue in connection with his poultry business, and those interested can get one by dropping him a card. We also met Mr. George F. Schairer, manufacturer of the Bosgem rack, and had a look over his shop. This rack is giving excellent satisfaction, and Mr. Schairer is building them of good materials, and in a careful manner. While at Mr. Hoyt's the question of feeding wheat to stock came up. A. A. Wood said he had been getting it ground coarsely, and found his stock liked it. Grinding made it much more bulky and light, the bran being set free, and in this shape there was no fear of feeding it to any stock. Mr. Hoyt said he intended feeding it, especially to his hogs. Mr. Wood said he would not go to the expense of grinding it for hogs. Fed it on the ground, so they could not eat it too fast, and his pigs did well on it. In this connection we note a report from Fostoria, Ohio, which says that a large number of farmers in that vicinity are feeding their wheat to hogs, rather than sell it at the low prices now ruling. Hogs are quoted there at from $5 to #7 a hundred, according to grade, and it is estimated that a bushei of wheat properly ground and prepared, and fed with a little other feed to give variety, will put from fifteen to twenty pounds of flesh on a healthy hog. This being the case, the farmer can easily realize a dollar a bushei for his wheat and save the trouble of hauling it to market. In one case just west of here, said the report, a farmer turned isohead of hogs into his wheat field, not even taking the trouble to harvest it, and it is said the porkers are doing finely on their new provender. It will be better for the farmers 'of this state to feed out their lowpriced wheat rather than buy western corn this winter. No better pork, beef or mutton can be produced than that from wheat.


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