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The Farm

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A shrewd, clear-headed friend is trying, for the lirst time, the plíin of raising lambs to be sold in the Chicago market Ín May or June. Thus far he is well pleased with the results. lie has not reached the final test - actual sales - but his suceess in raising the lamba is such thathe purposes enlarging his flock this year. ín speaking oí the business, and of the necessity for careful uttention to the newlydropped lambs which come in midwinter, ho mache k" remanir whieh seems trite and commonplace, but wiiich lias in it the explanation of the maiked success of some men, and of the amall proflts of very many. While this close attention and watchful care is not especially pleasant, he liad observed that any business in which anybody could engage without nmch of in investment of money, or labor, or skill, or close personal attention, did not leave rnuch margin for profit. His previous training well fits him for his proposed business, and we see rio reason to doubt his success in it. Our friend purchased, last season, about 100 ewes and ewe lambs - only a dozen or so of the latter. As a class, they are rather inferior, common ewes, of mongrel breeding, some of them quite okl. They cost only $1 05 each, on an average. He bred them to Lincoln rams, and now has 180 lambs - good, Strong fellows - the oldest were dropped about the fust of the year. Some of these at the middle of April would weigh f ully 50 lbs. Circumstances made it inconvenient to ship these, although probably they would have sold for as much at that date as at any later time, as the market will get better supplied. The principal difficulty thus far has been the failuve to get any uniformity in the time of lambing, some of the ewes not coming in until the middle of April. This is probably partly attributed tó their thin rlesh in the f all - possibly to overtaxing the rams. It is hoped this difliculty may be avoided in future. A trial of some of the Down rams is proposed for next


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