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NWMP puts out the call for recruits

Our History: March 1890

If farming wasn’t working out for you and you needed a new career, your experience with horses would help you reply to this advertisement in the March 1890 issue of the Nor’-West Farmer and Miller. The Northwest Mounted Police wanted able-bodied men “of thoroughly sound constitution” between 22 and 45 for a five-year term of engagement. Members were supplied “free with rations, a free kit on joining, a periodical issued during the term of service.”

Much of the publication at that time consisted of correspondence between farmers and veterinarians or crop specialists. “Agronome” from Melita wrote to ask whether aconyte, aloes and baking soda were the right treatment for a horse’s swollen hoof, and “H” from MacGregor inquired about ashes and turpentine as a treatment for worms.

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One article warned about wild oats, “one of the pests most likely to come from the east among feed corn.” Another cited the “advantages of giving recently sprung-up grain a sweep with light harrows when two or three in. long,” though “To get a good stand the land below needs to be well firmed down, but to resist drought the surface should be well firmed down.”

Regarding a question from J.R. at Glendale, Man. regarding building a silage structure for corn, he was advised that while fodder corn had been tried at the Brandon Experimental Farm, “it is one thing for a government manager to try and perhaps fail from some unforeseen cause and quite another for a half section farmer to take the same risk.”

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