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Rambouillet Sheep

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Grass Lake News: Tuesday of last week there were brougbt to ourexpress oflfioe three of as fioe specimen of sheep as are seldom seen any where iu oor part tbe state. They were rams of the Rambouilletj merino breed and were gtowD on "Shadeland Farm," jast east of tbis village by M. L. Raymond, and â– were sent by hiin to Chauncey Bailey, Marengo, Iowa. They were yearlings, eaoh weigbing respectively 183, 169 and 162 pounds, of splendid forra and each covored froru nose to hoof with a fine, dense, long staple of wool as soft as silk, not of tbe greasy or grimy sort, but snoh as dealers like to buy. It may riot be generally known that there is a flook of the above breed being grown np among ns, bnt tbere is and thpy are owned by Mr. Raymond, of Sharon. Mr. Raymond now has about bO bree ding ewes and 2 spring lambs, all registered. He started in the business three years ago by purchasiug 15 of the ohoicest yearling ewes and tbe best ram obtainable, has made a few sales from the flock, and seems to be quite enthnsiastio in his venture. He says he has tau yearling ewes that weighed Oot. lst, an average of 117 pounds, also tbat he sold last ruonth two spring lambs tbat weighed respectively 113 and 116 pounds. Tbey are a fine wooi breed, prolifio and very Jong lived. Tbeir wool is of a very fine textnre and grows from three to five inanes long. Rwes weigh at maturity from 125 to 175 pounds and shear from 8 to J5 pounds of wool. Rams weigh from 175 to 250 pounds and shear from 12 to 24 pounds. They are bound to be quite an accession to tbis" part of the country. Poople have become tired of the little wrinkly 70 pound merino with its inevitable knotty and greasy fleece. These Rambouillet merinos are oertainly the uoming sbeep and they are fast growing into favor. At any rate tbat is the way it looks to us, as this fine breed of sheep merits all that oan be said of it.