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Oï all clrarns .that liavo come under our observation the old dasli churn gives best resulls. - Maine Farmer. If you want good, sweet mutton, kill your sheep without worrying and fatigue ; the less exercise the better. Hang it up at onee ; now ohange ends ; hang him by the head, and skin down to the tail ; the job is done in half the time, and neatly. - Indiana Farmer. The number of eggs annually laid by a fowl is estimated at flfty-two, which would weigh about six pounds, and, as a fowl seldom weigha more than three pounds, a hen lays annually doublé her own weight. Seventeen eggs will weigh on the average two and one-fifth pounds. Yotj give a hungry cow a pint of mcal -in the bottom of a stable pail say - and she'll stick her nose into the pail and lick till she has scoured the inside clean. But a horse so fed will flll his roouth at once, and then if he's very hungry or especially well pleased with the meal, he'll begin to swing his head around right and left, sowing the meal like an old idiot - especially if you stop and look at him. Go right away if you want to save your giain. - Connecticut Courant. Those who scoff at science as the farmer's assistant, rail at the agricultural newspapers, nnd laugh at book farming are warring against their best interests. Benause an occasional enthusiast, devoid of the elementa of common sense, makes an utter failure 'in trying to combine acience and the farm, is no argument against educating men for the farm. The fault is in the man, and not in the principie. He would fail anywhere. - Free Press. To Keep Smoked Meat. - A correspondent of the Oincinnati Gazette says : " In the spring, bef ore fly-time, take your meat down and rub it with a cloth until you make it greasy. This filis up all the cracks. Now take a largesized pepper box, and pepper your moot well with black pepper. This keeps away all flies and bugs. Then haug in a cool, dry place. This is much better than putting it ia ashes. I have tried the above recipe for the last bíx or seven years, and never lost a pound of meat. " Settin Eggs. - Sprinkle flour of sulphur over and around your setting hens ! to keep them free from vermin. Ruffle i i their feathers and their backs, and dust i them thoroughly. Never groase a hen i while she is setting ; if you do, not a j chick will you get. If convenient, proI vide a small yard for your hens to dust and exercise themselves in ; keep corn and water constantly by them ; watch them ciosely for the first seven days, and see that they do not remain off too long. Raisb Hogs.- Hog raising requires but very little help. There is not near as much labor about it as in the production of the cereals The business is not exhausting to the soil, but, on the contrary, enriching, as all that is fed to hogs is returned to the land in manure. 1 The farm can be made to increase in value yearly if hogs arefattened upon it. This is a matter of sonie iinportance to the 1 wiso farmer. He don 't like to see his í farm wearing ont, yearly becoming less fertile, and flnally becoming exhausted, like farms in tlw older States.- Colman's Rural World. In the opinión of the Live ■ nal "autumn calves are usually more profitable than those drepped in spring. The old notion that the cow should come in on grass originated when it was the practice to keep cattle the year around I on grass and hay alone ; and as grass was more nutritious than hay, and especially better for the calf, the practice prevailed of breeding for spring calves. But it is now well understood that the cow frosh in milk can be profitably fed meal or grain, and that to prevent the running down that always retralts, especially with good milkers, suoh feed ought to be given. And the same is true in regard to the calí'. As soon as it is old enough to eat, shorts or meal and bian sliould be given, and will be far better for the young calf than grass. But the great 'point is, that a calf dropped say in October, November or December, will be old enough to wean on f resh grass in the spring, and to have the full benoüt of the nest summer's grazing which will make it fully cqual by winter to a June or July calf of the previous year." It is always better to apply_ all kinds of coarse manure such as obtained trom the barnyard to the vegetable garden in autumn : but if one does not have it at that time and can supply tne deflciency in spring, then an early i tion is preferable to a late one. The manure thrown out from tbe stable j i ing winter is nsually cöarse, contaiuing i more or less straw, corn stalks and like materials which are of little value as fertilizers until thoroughly decomposed ; beside, if the attempt is made to incorpórate them wirh the söil, they always intcrfere more or less with the proper preparation of the land as required for the smaller kinds of seeds. The best wny to avoid such an inconvenience is to fork over the mannre in the barnyard as soon as the weather will permit in the spring, separating the tiner portions from the coarse, plucing the two kinds in heaps, each by ïtself. The first can be used for the vegetable garden or other crops to which it is best adapted, emplcying the latter for potatoes, corn or for' mulching arouad fruit trees. If it is not wanted for any such purpose, leave it in the heaps and by being forked over two or tln-eo times during the summer, it will bi-come well rotted in time for u e the next autumu.


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