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Om thing ia cortain, tnst if wo sell or plaughter our best mares, cowp, ewes, or scvs, and thus cut off nll hope of any improvoment at ono blow, our stock must continuo to be poor and inferior.- Dnc8 a heifer show any diBposition to fatten easily ? She is cnoournged to feed until fat, and is then sold and eaten, wbüe her follows, who boloag to tho ame broed with Pharaoli's lean kind, are kept for milK or rearing elves, becauso tbey are not fat and cannot be made fat for thn butcher. ilns a farmer a sow pig whicfa becomes fatupon tho fecd on which tlic rost of the pigs are starring? He gives ho over to the butchur'n knifö (ind propágate from "laud shads" and corn-cribs. Has he a fino, round, brigbr-eyed ewe ? She will bo Jat about the time his half-filled pork barrels are empty, and shc is stripped cf her fair skin and fair proportions simply slio is worth the trouble of killing ; and tliu rnany of ovir farmers perpetúate a broed of animáis tliat are a dicgraco lo tbo cnutilry. They noem uneasj while they possosa an animal that will draw the atteutioa of their neighbors or the butchers, nd wo8 be to it if t pnt3 on a appearmioe than its fellovrs, for from that tima its doom is soaled. To improvo tho breed of animáis, it is by no mtanR necessary to incur a expele in bringing animáis from tt digtahee. If a farmer wül mount his horso and ride across tho countrv some fine lny, and viow the live stock of his neigKbor., he will socn perceive that there aro abnudaot meana oí betrtering hia circumstances by a cross or exchange at asligbt oost, aud he, by thia p'an, is improving bis judgmeDt by eomparison, and hoarding up experience for a future day that wll be of more value to liim thsn the expenso of many such esoursions ; and mprovemetits once begun, and psrsisted in for a (hort time, will produce such a correspnnding improvemcnt in tho mitid and circums;ancea of fhe farmer as will iogara ta continuation, and richly rewaid uil his labor and autlay. Many farmers cïesy (liehope of proviit their ftook by a gystera of false eoonomy in tho solections of the males ('rom wliich to breed their stock ; rnany f'o do not koef a male frnm which to breed horsos or borne] stock, nor is it necet-sarv, s one will do for a neighborbooil ; but tbia oe ghould be tho best ; aod in order to keep a good one, a good prioe muat and ghould be charged for Ihh service. Many farmers lope thirty and n-en iifry dollars in the valno of a full L'rown horse, steer. ox or oow, by a pysem of false ecooonry- by not being wiling to piy two or three dollars for the services of' a male. I h.tvo repeatedly driven my cnw three miles to a good nale, at the cr8t of four or five dollars, when I could have found a male on my neighbor's farm at a cost of twcnty-five cents.


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Michigan Argus