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676 > Image 676 of Annual report. 1917

Part of Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station

lx'em5itcltys Opportzmtties as a Sheep State. 113 ._ Z in ridding the fields of weeds. Cleaner seed and hay are thus ._ 5 - produced and sold at top prices. Nothing is better for ridding the farm of noxious weeds, and the sheep seem to do well on them. V p Adaptability of Kentucky as a Sheep State. - Kentucky comes very near furnishing an idealhome for sheep, for, with her mild climate, short winters, early springs V V V and long pasturing season, sheep can be maintained for the S greater part of the year on pasture alone. No great amount V A l of expensive shelter is necessary and only a limited amount of ` S expensive grain is required to handle the breeding flock. ij ; Much of the land is rolling, high, well drained, and furnishes the best of healthful, conditions for successful sheep V farming. Bountiful water supplies and plenty of luxuriant, if V well drained pastures are features that tend to make more ` pronounced this States advantages. $1* Low Cost of Production. lj Because of the low price of much of this hilly land, to- i gether with the lack of need for expensive feed and quarters, I [lf Q, and the long pasturingi season, the cost of production is very low. A, ll2*"V;Vl Markets. Y}; Not alone from a production standpoint, but also from *i?Z.`if_f ..,. that of marketing her products, is Kentucky fortunately lo- cated. Very few growers anywhere have such close proximity to such excellent markets as has the Kentucky sheep raiser, if ;Yy_QAYij he will only avail himself of his opportunity. In the northern _ and central sections Louisville and Cincinnati, two of the best spring lamb markets in the United States, offer excellent shipping facilities and well equipped stock yards. In thewest- ern and southern sections Louisville and St. Louis, and, in the eastern and northeastern sections, Jersey City, Baltimore, and Pittsburg offer excellent prices for the spring lamb crop. In fact, the markets are at the sheep mans very door. . il ii `"`' i. `"i' i"''i " '"' I `''4'` I `'' K if `"L .