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The practice of feeding stock on the ground is not econoraical. If you feed out-dooi-s, provide racks to hold the feed. The actual loss to the farmer, oftentimes in a single season, exceeds the cost of the necessary racks for effect ually saving tliis waste. Any farmer with a little luinber, a saw, hammer, nails, and ax and auger can make one. We know of a weaitny fai'iner, says a correspondent, who, up to a few years ago, failel to get good crops, though manure was literally piled upon the land regardless of expense. Lime was suggested, and used in large quantities, and the best crops ever known on that farm have since ben raised. "ïhe more manure the more linie," and the converse is equally true. Josliua Knight, of Ogle county, Illinois, once sowed thirteen barrels of salt on twentv acres seeded to wheat. and lelt a strip in the middle oí." the piece without salt. The ground on which he sowed the salt produced over eighteen bushels of spring wlieat per acre, while that on which there was no salt was hardly worth cutting - the wheat being badly shrunken, injured by rust, chinch bugs, etc. Cotton seed and linseed oil-cakes are too much neglected as f ood f or stock. When these are mixed withequal parts of corn, the food is perfectly adapted to the sustenance of animáis, because there is a proper proportion of flesh and fat fornung substances; food that is deficiënt in either of these elements is neither healthf ui nor proiitable. Fattening beef animáis pays; but trying to fatten inferior animáis is a waste of energy, time and labor. The animáis shonld be selected with special reference to the rapidity with vrhieh they will fatten; to the quality of the beef, fineness of beef. flneness of bone. compactness of body, and the sinall amount of offal which the carcass will yield, Speaking of what are called the "fancy prices" paid tor stock the National Live Stock Journal says that to a man who is breeding pure-bred stock of any kind, it is impossible to measure the value of a single animal introduced into the herd. A singlejpistake may cost hiin thouaanda of dollars, and carry him back to such an extent that years cannot regain the lost grouud. On the other hand, a fortúnate selection - u lucky hit - may iud enonnously tQ the value of all the produce for many generations, The writer con eludes, therefore, that it sometlmes pays to give even a "faney" price for a really valuable animal.


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