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Rambouillet Sheep

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Grass Lake News: Tuesday of last week there were brought to our express office three of as fine specimen of sheep as are seldom seen any where in our part of the state. They were rams of the Rambouillet merino breed and were grown on "Shadeland Farm," just east of this village by M. L. Raymond, and were sent by him to Chauncey Bailey, Marengo, Iowa. They were yearlings, each weighing respectively 183, 169 and 162 pounds, of splendid form and each covered from nose to hoof with a fine, dense, long staple of wool as soft as silk, not of the greasy or grimy sort, but such as dealers like to buy.

It may not be generally known that there is a flock of the above breed being grown up among us, but there is and they are owned by Mr. Raymond, of Sharon. Mr. Raymond now has about 30 breeding ewes and 2 spring lambs, all registered. He started in the business three years ago by purchasing 15 of the choicest yearling ewes and the best ram obtainable, has made a few sales from the flock, and seems to be quite enthusiastic in his venture. He says he has ten yearling ewes that weighed Oct. 1st, an average of 117 pounds, also that he sold last month two spring lambs that weighed respectively 112 and 116 pounds. They are a fine wool breed, prolific and very long lived. Their wool is of a very fine texture and grows from three to five inches long. Ewes weigh at maturity from 125 to 175 pounds and shear from 8 to 15 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 this part of the country. People have become tired of the little wrinkly 70 pound merino with its inevitable knotty and greasy fleece. These Rambouillet merinos are certainly the coming sheep and they are fast growing into favor. At any rate that is the way it looks to us, as this fine breed of sheep merits all that can be said of it.