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Des Moines Iowa Homestead (Newspaper) - November 8, 1917, Des Moines, IowaMore than circulation ill m vol. Lxii. No. 45. Lbs m01nes, Iowa november 8, 1917. Whole no. 3135 follow in to disseminate l information to readers of the Home in production problems a few been asked to 4mr says that hog fat As important As bullets and Farmers of it within their to of we commend to readers the letters that Chas. O Neill Floyd county Iowa to the i am More than pleased that you Are giving the Farmers a Chance to discuss the bume problem through the columns of your paper As this will give a Chance for the practical and feeders to get in closer touch with the different methods of feeding and caring for the animals that have come to occupy such place not Only on the farm but As one of the nation s quickest of meat and fat producers. I think could the Farmer be sure of a reasonable return for the feed and work he business be could increase the amount of live weight 40 and possibly 60 per cent. I mean by raising More hogs and making them weigh at least 300 pounds before marketing j is m part the uncertainty of the mar so Many Isth to be Dis posed of but with so much talk of a government Price of per Hundred and the Price of All kinds of feed and labor so High and hard to get at any Price you can readily see Why. The Fanner disposes of his hogs All the Way from 150 to 250 pounds. Of course in some places As in my locality the Corn is very Light As a Rule having been badly frosted which will cause a shortage in weight of hogs on most farms. Then again How to increase the number of hogs. Farmers must have feed for them and i think a Good Pas Tare is one of the Best and surest was of producing hogs As it saves a great of Grain i also think the hogs Are More healthy on Das lure. I would not try to raise a Bunch of hogs without a Good pasture and plenty of it there Are several kinds and As Many ways to have it of course if one can have Alfalfa he is indeed a Lucky Man but As so Many of us Are renters and have where the land must be inoculated be fore it will grow Alfalfa we must use something else. Of course there is nothing that is quite Good but most of the land owners would not consent to the expense of getting Alfalfa started just for a renter. Therefore i would suggest if we Are to raise More pigs we should not keep More Brood sows but keep better sows and give them better care. By this method we could save and raise a larger percentage of the pigs that were narrowed and by Good care also we could have our sows Farrow not one litter a ear but it this 1s especially True with old have some that have raised two litters the past three years and Are bet mothers every time they Farrow. Vol the Man who Farma should keep not More than ten Good sows either High grades or purebreds. He would do Well to keep s is she wel1 and has litters each year. This Way he could raise with Good feeds and careful management from 125 to t of course cannot be done with haphazard methods. Nevertheless it has been done and can be done almost any time if the right kind of Brood sows and does his part. He must Start with a pure bred boar. I always use a tried that will ers is most important i sow no matter How an Indi if she has less Haq twelve that Are better then she must that she cannot Only produce a Large lit Ter but must be Able to take care of them after to Fhil r a and there Ere a Many sows that can and do Farrow Large litters of pigs but cannot care for them afterwards As for concentrated feeds i think they Are too High at present to justify a Farmer of Small Means taking the risk. But there is always room a few More Good cows these will always pay a Good profit on their feed Are properly handled Ossy skim milk feed gets from skim milk and u one has plenty of this he ran get along nicely without such High priced feds especially when it costs from to per in regard to hogging Down Corn this is a Verv Good and profitable Way so Long As they Are not allowed too Large a Field at one time or it is no practice too late in the fall especially in the nor Hern part of the Corn Belt As it May be Cov ered with Snow and or less of a loss. Russell Canby Henry county Iowa 22 i properly and raise feed for not one year Overstock ourselves with hogs be cause we think they Are going to be High and then the next year raise none because we think Corn is going to be High. In doing that Way we Are never in the game. As i said before we should each year raise what we can take care of properly and raise feed for. I am a believer in raising the Large Type and i always save my Brood sows from Large litters also get a male from a Large litter. I give my Brood sows the Range of the farm in Winter time and As soon As possible in the Spring get them and the Little piggies on the Blue grass pasture where they have running water giving them some Oats and a very Little Corn. After Harvest they also have the Meadows and oat stubble to run Over. In the fall As soon As the hot weather is Over i increase the Corn and Stop feeding Oats and i like to have them on full feed by the Middle of october at which time if the Corn stands up reasonably Well i believe it pays to turn them in the Corn. I generally commence cribbing about that time. They gather the Down Corn and what is left and thrown Over the Wagon. If one sees they Are going to get through Gath ering before they want to Market them it is Best to leave a few acres for them. Under such care i generally get them to Market some time in december weighing 240 or 250 pounds. I have experimented with different kinds of feeds and have found that i can make More Clear Money handling bogs in the manner outlined there is very Little feed bought in this As to marketing we Farmers Are going to sell of tl1-Nf we Are the most dollars. With the High Price of Corn last Spring there were nearly fio Many hogs raised As com Mon m this locality and with reports that the government was going to fix the Price of Corn at per Bushel and hogs at per Hundred Farmers have been Rushing their hogs to mar Rorn Dot fg6d to Corn to hogs and run the risk disease Dollar Corn and hogs would have different and the hogs would not rushed to Market but would have been made heavier As the Farmer would feel As though he was going to get something for feeding his Corn instead of losing at the game. You hear the majority of Farmers saying that they Are not going to raise As Many hog an other year. With the report of Corn and sip hogs they say they will sell their Corn As there concluded on Page 7. L m

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