Observations on Live Stock:: Containing Hints for Choosing and Improving the Best Breeds of the Most Useful Kinds of Domestic Animals

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D. Longworth, 1804 - Animal breeding - 103 pages
 

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Page 42 - ... should be quite full; the back and loins broad, flat, and straight, from which the ribs must rise with a fine circular arch ; his belly straight, the...
Page 79 - On Monday the 24th of January, 1774, a pig, fed by Mr. Joseph Lawton, of Cheshire, was killed, which measured from the nose to the end of the tail three yards eight inches, and in height four feet five inches and a half; when alive it weighed lOcwt. Sqrs. lllbs. or 86 stone lllbs. Averdupois. This pig was killed by James Washington, butcher, in Congleton, Cheshire.
Page 19 - Dobison, and his neighbors even in my day, were noted for having the best breeds of shorthorned cattle, and sold their bulls and heifers for very great prices. But afterwards, some other people of less knowledge going over, brought home some bulls that in all probability introduced into that coast the disagreeable kind, of cattle, well known to the breeders upon the river Tees, and called lyery, or double-lyered, that is...
Page 19 - ... afterwards some other persons of less knowledge, going over, brought home some bulls that introduced the disagreeable kind of cattle called lyery or double lyered, that is, black-fleshed. These will feed to great weight, but though fed ever so long will not have a pound of fat about them, neither within or without, and the flesh (for it does not deserve to be called beef) is as black and coarse grained as horse flesh. No man will buy one of this kind if he knows any thing of the matter, and if...
Page 20 - ... flesh. No man will buy one of this kind if he knows any thing of the matter, and if he should be once taken in he will remember it well for the future ; people conversant with cattle very readily find them out by their round form, particularly their buttocks, which are turned like a black coach horse, and the smallness of the tail ; but they are best known to the graziers and dealers in cattle by the feel or touch of the fingers ; indeed it is this nice touch or feel of the hand that in a great...
Page 37 - Each breed has long had, and probably may have, their particular advocates ; but, if I may hazard a conjecture, is it not probable that both kinds may have their particular advantages in different situations ? Why may not the thick firm hides, and long close-set hair of the one kind, be a protection and security against those impetuous winds and heavy rains to which the west coast of this island is so subject ; while the more regular seasons and mild climate, upon the east coast, are more suitable...
Page 42 - ... at a proper wideness ; his girth or chest full and deep, and, instead of a hollow behind the shoulders, that part by some called the fore-flank should...
Page 41 - ... join, which should be very fine and graceful, being perfectly free from any coarse leather hanging down ; the shoulders broad and full, which must at the same time join so easy to the collar forward, and...
Page 81 - These sheep are supported by very long, thick, crooked, gray legs ; their heads long and ugly, with large, flagging ears, gray faces, and eyes sunk ; necks long, and set on below the shoulders...
Page 39 - ... they ought most certainly to be differently pursued by those who employ them. If the dairyman wants milk, let him pursue the milking tribe; let him have both bull and cows of the best and greatest milking family he can find ; on the contrary, he that wants feeding or grazing cattle, let him procure a bull and cows of that sort which feed the quickest, wherever they are to be found. By pursuing too many objects at once, we are apt to lose sight of the principle; and, by aiming at too much, we...

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