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Introducing a new breed of cattle

Our History: January 1886

The January 1886 issue of The Nor’-West Farmer and Manitoba Miller introduced readers to a breed of Dutch cattle known either as Holstein or Friesian. “The cows have large paunches and need plenty of food, and thrive best on grass of rich meadow bottoms and would be well adapted to the larger part of Manitoba.”

“A few of these cattle are now in this province, and doubtless the rapid growth of the dairy interests will see an equal interest in this desirable breed and its grades.”

The issue quoted an editorial from the Northwestern Miller in Minnesota.

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“It may be sad news to the London miller that a large number of Manitoba farmers have formally requested the government to assist them in securing soft spring wheat for seed. They assert that there are varieties which yield well and which will ripen fully 10 days earlier than the Scotch fife now grown, so that all danger from early frosts will be averted. This may be true, but we assure our Manitoba neighbours that they will do well to let soft spring wheat alone. They may get an earlier harvest and a fair-size crop, but the wheat will rarely sell for more than Scotch fife which is not too badly frosted, while it will smut and absorb other diseases, so that in the end they will suffer greatly from the proposed change.”

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