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Quality Or Quantity

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TriE tendency in our markets is toward moro careful discrimination ?.a to quality. Ment buyers aro growing more particular- iï not much more wiliing pay higher price3 for superior quality, they are unwiliing to buy inferior qualitiea at any price. Butehers, and those who buy to sell to butchers, are also beeoming more careful and digcriminating in their pure! The progres3 in thia direction is slow, but it is goinsr on and will continue. The rich and' the fastidious will continue to be particular as to the qnality of the meat bought; as, indeed, au sensible persona ought to be. Butchers will prow more, rather than less observant oí the proportiona of meat to o (Tal, of high and low-priced meat; and the difference in price between ood and poor " butchers1 beasts" wili inerease rather than diminish. There has been less discrimination gard to tlie hoo than with ei ■ ot sneep. Swine breeders and feeilei-s on a largo scale have much to encourage them in the belief that the best hogs to rear are those which will niü'o the most pounds from a bnsliel oí corn. So large a proportion of the pork producís are not consumed in a rresh state, &nd so much 3 exported, that it is clearly truc that too tention has been paid by many buyers to the qtiality of the meat. Bnt ven here the tendency will be towardmaking greater distinctions. The breeder's and fceder's aim is profit. There Í3 no objection io the statement, "Iwant the animal which will make the most money;" nnless, indeed, thia desire for profit leads to dishonésty or a short-sighted policy. If two steers look equally wel' in all ■ ■ il! ;-;ü equally welk but if it be found that those of one breed habitually dress more to live weight, or givo a larger percentage of meat in the best places, will cometo solí higher. If thev can he rin' t;ie sanio cost, intelligent feeders will give up any prejudices they have held, and adopt tliis breed. There are m.iny stoek feeders who are noitlier intelligent nor enterprising; but thero are Uso many who are quick to sce methoi iniprovement; if any breed üa3 marked superiority over others, it will como to bü popular. It doesnot at all follow, however. that either t'ie breed or the mode of feeding' whieh produces the very iinest quality of meat will be penerally adopted, for neither will proBably give the largent proiits. --. ■ The best use farmers ean pnt their corn-cobs to is to niake fire kindleri of them by soaking thcm in conl oil thoronghly. If tlie eobs are dry tliey wiil absorb a (inantity of oil, s tliat onooob h to start the niost ato lire.-


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