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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 27, 1909, Lethbridge, Alberta L8THBRIDGB HERALD SPECIAL PUBLICITY NUMBKB Sheep Husbandry In By W. A. Hamilton ALMOST revolutionary are greater running expenses an the changes that have j more capital invested in equip transformed Southern i ment, but they mean surer re .Alberta from a vast ranching; turns; hence, a more desirabl country into the greatest winter' investment for the careful farm wheat district in Canada. or stockman. well-informed' people expect the pejadulum to swing to its farthest and leave wheat the un- rivalled king, where none had thought to question the reign of' But sheep raising in the sout range industry an seemingly must in a limited num her of years cease to be. Yet, how unfortunate it woul uattle. This would be most if in a country where thous fortunate. Grain and stock must of sheep are wintered on the lambs weighing care of his flock, better keep out about pounds each. J.S the sheep business. But for the man who possesses these qual- ities let me indicate some of the Ainslie Sons, on the Little Bow have a band of five hundred, bu there are hundreds of farmers opportunities the industry B0rtl1 and, soutt of Letl1 in Southern Alberta. The meat business requires a bridge who would find ten to one hundred ewes a profitable invest steady and certain supply. mutton is practically all market-! co-operative herding was ed in the fall, it gluts the mar--not practised then coyote-proo: ket and the buyer controlling i fences, which would cost ped in carload lots, the run is often so slow that the shrinkage is very heavy. How can these conditions be remedied By win- ter feeding. AST previously indicated our nild winters are ideal for 'eeding. Expensive sheds are not needed. They should be open on the south side and may be other sources, buys ours at cents a rod, must be erected price he pleases. Winnipeg mar-! Bryce Wright, of Be Winton tet is too far. If has kept sheep in. Alberta for 'twenty years, has a mile and half of such fence. That farmers are thinking o: sheep, the many inquiries the writer has received this winter would indicate. Every farmer should send to J. G. Rutherford, Dominion Live: Stock Commis- sioner, Ottawa, for a copy of Bul- letin 12 entitled "Sheep Hus- bandry in Canada." It is packed with the latest sheep information. The range is cut up now. There seems no reason why the Domin- ion government should not al- low equal grazing privileges to both sheep and cattle on all pub- lic lands in Southern Alberta. For the good of all stock the wolf and coyote bounties should be continued, farmers should co-op- erate in every neighborhood to se- cure the destruction of the gray shadow, the worst enemy of cat- tle, sheep and poultry. It is hoped tnat bur overed with with lumber. straw, Grain or roofed should be ed in. flat bottomed troughs and lay in racks or through the bot- om of the yard fence. Lambs are the most profitable feeders. Alfalfa hay and wheat screening, ts or wheat make the best ra- ion at present grown in this dis- rict, but timothy or blue joint lay and wheat screening have >iven good results. No attempt ;o fatten sheep should be made ill they are dipped to from lice and ticks. The feeding eriod lasts from twelve 'to-'fif- __ experi- een weeks, but lambs intended mental farms wijl keep small or feeding should be kept grow- flocks of sheep, thus encouraging ng right from weaning time, the industry, by showing the be- ?his can easily be done 9n stub- be fed le. Later hay could hile sheep were "still grazing, ut by December 15th, the sheep liould be penned up and grain ed at the rate of one-tenth ound per day, the ration being slowly increased til full feed is reached. Water must be suppli- ed; from one to five" quarts per ginner just how to go about.it. Many of us look forward to the not far distant day when the stock-feeding enterprises on the irrigated .lands of the Lethbridge district will be the most import- ant in the West, when a regular supply of both beef and mutton will ensure both the best prices arid the most active competition. But a change mutton went up to four, then to five cents. All wethers two years and over were clean'ed up. Old ewes buying, homesteading pre- empting much more land than he can break-for some years; or he is so far.from. railroads that grain growing yields small pro- fit. A bunch of one hundred ewes could be grazed on his un- broken land during the summer feeders, even j ling wethers-sold readily. Some of the sheepmen, with large flocks and a lessening range, thought it was a good time -to out. 'Heavy sales were made in 1905, and in 1906 some fifty thousand head of mutton were shipped from Lethbridge. Natur- ally the flocks in the Lethbridge district decreased from in 1906 to in 1908. Wool prices jumped too. From the early days it went upward tillv seventeen arid an eighth war reached in 1906. Then prices dropped again, .elev- en cents being about the limit last year. With such rapidly changing conditions, it is not to be won- dered that those who remained in the sheep business have modi- fied their methods.- More feed is provided for a hard winter. Some feed the lambs a little grain and kay during December, so that should severe weather come later they will be in good heart for it. Sheds'are xised for lambing and minety-five per cent, is looked upon as a possible increase. Dur-; ing the summer, the white cover- ed wagon may still be seen top- ping a gentle rise by some lake stream, which the flock soon knows M home. Changed conditions, mean year-1 clean up the stubble ST. AUGUSTIN'S CHURCH AND PARISH HALL. THE NEW HALL WAS ERECTED IN 1908 AND THE CHURCH WAS CONSIDERABLY ENLARGED ALSO FOUR OOMFORTABUI OOTTAOU ERICTCD electric Chandeliers Finished in Rich Gilt, Brushed Brass or Oxi- dized Copper, haying Two, Three or Four IN ALL COLORS REPAIRS PROMPTLY ATTENDED TO MCKENZIE6R0Y REDPATH STREET LETHBRIDGE THE PUZZLING.... QUESTION AT THE ote IS TO PROVIDE AC- COMMODATION FOR the HOST of PEOPLE SENT HERE BY OUR SATISFIED PATRONS NUFFSED ;