Page 5 of 12 Sep 1912 Issue of Des Moines Iowa Homestead in Des-Moines, Iowa

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Des Moines Iowa Homestead (Newspaper) - September 12, 1912, Des Moines, Iowa September 12, 1912 the Homestead 1629 5 unprofitable Breeding Stock. It would be difficult to compute the annual loss even in a single Corn Belt state that results from the wasted labor involved in handling Stock that does not respond to Good care. In the past we have had too Many profitless Ani Mals and this As much As any other Factor has had to do with causing the Scarcity men. Thieve become Dis gusted with a special Industry because they become mixed up with the trashy end of it. A Kansas subscriber makes a broadside attack on the scrub in the communication it would at first thought seem a sweeping unfounded statement were one to assert that three fifths of our Brood sows Brood mares milk cows seed Corn seed Oats seed wheat and potatoes Are unprofitable and wholly unfit to be used for Breeding or planting1 purposes. Such is the Case however. To do away with three fifths of All these at once would be very unwise As a great Scarcity would re sult us that we should be More careful we we Breed what seed we choose to Plant Etc. Scrub Stock is altogether too com Mon. Scrub stuff no matter whether it be Oats Corn wheat hogs cattle or horses never is profitable. The Price of farm products never will be High enough to justify raising such stuff. The poor Farmer plodding along year after year with inferior inbred scrub by seed or Stock when Cost More to grow than they bring on the Market never having a thought but hard work attending to the miserable parasites which Are robbing him of his just dues is to be pitied. For instance he plants a mixed potato for seed which yields one third to one half what almost any other pure seed potato would. He Breeds a sow that raises three to four scrawny pigs which Cost each to prepare for Market. On account of slow growth and hard feeders they have grown Only enough to bring twelve to fifteen on the Market. The same is True with milk cows Brood mares seed Oats wheat or Corn. Let us quit this not Only for our own Good but for the of those who have to buy As Well. In spite of the fact that we have too Large a percentage of profitless cattle hogs and horses and although a considerable part of our farm comes from unimproved seed yet our observation convinces us that this subscriber is right when he says that it would be impractical to do away suddenly with. All this inferior material. As a mat Ter of fact the Only sensible and practical Way to improve a the Case of animals is to bring it about Genera Tion by generation by the use of bet Ter sires. If All the poor Dairy cows in the Corn Belt were discarded within the next thirty Days Dairy products would be so scarce

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