Ensilage and the Production of Milk and Beef During the Winter Months (Classic Reprint)

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My readers will bear in min-d that the cost of labour for the production Of an acre of wheat, ready bagged for market, has in some of the new countries been reduced to less than eight shil lings. It is, therefore, impossible for old coun try farmers to grow grain in the face Of such a competition. If we are to farm in Ireland we must produce something which can be grown at a low cost, and with practically no risk Small farmers cannot afford risky crops, and we are all on a small scale.

My own experience in four Climates, and information gathered from men who had farmed in many different parts of the world, had taught me that the principles which underlie, success ful farming are exactly the same in every country, but that the methods for putting the said principles in force will vary with climate, soil, and market. The writer was, therefore, curious to know why his neighbours used carts instead Of wagons. He tried to get them to explain why they fed their cattle on dry, or rotten grass during the winter months. He wanted to see their books, and any books he did see convinced him. That farming in Limerick was not a remunerative business.

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