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Neglect Of Animais In Autumn

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If animáis were endowed with speech, they would aften remonetrate with their owners about the neglect. and carelessness with which they are. occasionally treated. And though they cannot speak, ypt they have a certain mute eloquence in their look and teil their tale with a forcé and poiiit that are of ten more effectual than words. Very often the rough shaggy, staring coat, the prominent ribs, drooping head, wo begone countenance and appealing eye teil a tale as plainly as if it vvere in print. It tells of hard work, pour feed, exposure to storm and tempest, and keenly biting winds. And yet there may be a tight, snug barn, and stacks of fodder still rennining in the field ; while from very thoughtlessness the poor old faithful servant, who Kas plowed hismaster's field year by year, is permitted to remain in au airy yard or in a barren pasture with half-filled belly, and sniff with i in patiënt appetite at the fodder just bevond his reach across the fence. Some farmers seem to think that the fresh air of our October nights and an occasional wetting with the eold f all rains, are good for the health of their horses, colts, cows, or calves, and make them hfirdy and vigorous ; but this is all wrong. lts unprofitable as well as cruel. Animáis exposed to the cold until thoy are chilled are stunned in their growth, and gather the seeds of future diseases. Warinth saves feed ; cold wastes feed. Stock well housed keep in better condition on less food than those left out doors in rail pens, damp yards, or exposnd pastures. At this geason no stock should be kept out at night nor on storiny days ; for the abrupt chango from warm sunny days to cold Storms of rain and sleet is too great a shock. Pine boards are, in a sense, excellent fodder, and a dry bed of straw the best nutriinent. Farmers who consult the comfort 'of thebr ftock, and their own profit, will nee to it that their atables and sheds are put in good order, loose boards nailed on, doors and roofs made tight, good dry straw furnished for bedding, and that their cattle are comfortably uheltered, befoie the cold winds begin to blow and


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Michigan Argus