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Care Of Stock In Spring

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At no seaon of the year do domestio animáis require more care and attention than during the next few weeks. This is Mpeoütty true of cattle and' sbeep. As warm weather comes on, the dry, coarse strsw or fodder, which in some cases has been tlieir only food tlirough the winter becoines very unpalatable. As soon as the firat spears of green grass are seen, thev wil], f permittoa,leave their coarse food af most unlafted, and spend their time in nib bling a scanty substence from the almos bare pastures or commons. Not unfre qucntly, stock has managed to hole its own, even with poor food and shelter during cold weather, loses flesh rapidly in Maren and April, so much so that a great part of thesummer is spent regaining what was lost in a few weeks. But this ia not the only bad result. By aliowing stock to run at will over pastures in eavly spring, much injury is done by their pulling up the young grass by the roots and by the trampling of the cattle in wet weather. These injuries are more serious, if, as is too often the case, the grass has been eaten off close late in the fall. It is much the better plan to keep the pastures freo until the grass has had time ra i II cover the groundand will readily afford a go-d living to the stock. We very niueh doubt whether there is any gain in aliowing cattle to run at large early in the spring, even on the common or on woodlands. There are at least two advantages in keeping thuin in the yard. You save all the manuro and free the lillc folks from many long and sometimes unsuccessful expeditions aftcr the cows. Liberal feeding with grain aud roots, if you have them, will bc well repaid. If from scarcity of feed it is necessary to comnience pasturing early, use but a part of the ground first, so that it may afterward be left free and have time to make up for the demand on it. There is some difference of opinión on the subject, but we think it best to have the pasture land so divided that there may be occasinnal changes during the summer. -