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Domestic Animals

history and description of the horse, mule, cattle, sheep, swine, poultry and farm dogs

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Published: 1847
Language: English
Wordcount: 81,706 / 248 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 51.1
LoC Category: SF
Downloads: 1,201
Added to site: 2010.10.31 29413
Genre: Instructional

with directions for theirmanagement, breeding, crossing, rearing, feeding, andpreparation for a profitable market; also their diseasesand remedies. Together with full directions for themanagement of the dairy.

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od qualities we wish to perpetuate in the offspring.

2d. These qualities, technically called points, should be inbred in the animals as far as practicable, by a long line of descent from parents similarly constituted. The necessity for this rule is evident from the fact, that in mixing different species, and especially mongrels, with a long-established breed, the latter will most strongly stamp the issue with its own peculiarities. This is forcibly illustrated in the case of the Devon cattle, an ancient race, whose color, form, and characteristics are strikingly perpetuated, sometimes to the sixth or even a later generation. So far is this principle carried by many experienced breeders, that they will use an animal of indifferent external appearance, but of approved descent, (blood,) in preference to a decidedly superior one, whose pedigree is imperfect.

3d. All the conditions of soil, situation, climate, treatment, and food, should be favorable to the object sought.




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