Excerpt from Conkey's Stock Book: A Handy Reference Manual on Farm Animals
Start right. Good care and feeding insure good qualities if the stock itself has them. This general subject of selection is the' foundation of success or failure. Know what you want: pick your type: st... ick to it, and give it your unremitting care. No matter how good the ration and how well fitted to a special production, you will defeat the whole purpose of your feeding if you fail in the first place to select good animals of the type desired. You cannot get milk by feeding a beef animal, so you select in the first place the characteristics wanted, and then feed for the development of these characteristics alone. Nothing will correct mistakes in selection. Start right; then feed a plenty; but don't keep pitching down feed for a lot of greedy animals that make you no return.
Cut loose from Nature and her losing game - join hands with money making science and then see how farming' pays. Nature wants five years to make a 1000 lb. Steer - but you can get that weight in one year. Nature wants just twice the time the modern hog raiser needs to make a 200 lb. Hog. Nature made her plans for milk enough for a cow's calf, and she was satisfied with a milk ¿ow during good pasture season - but are you so easily satisfied?
There is one mighty good thing you can learn from Dame Nature. You can learn how she operates her law for the survival of the most fit. Just follow that law boldly and follow it closely. You have a lot to do in your time and a shorter life than old Nature so make every bit of it count. Be particular, a good deal more particular than Nature. Weed out the bad doers. Don't waste valuable time on a poor individual, for such weaklings will surely be developed at the expense of your other stock.
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