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Livestock breeders and “Dairy don’ts”

Our History: July 1887

Livestock breeders advertising in the July 1887 issue of The Nor-West Farmer and Manitoba Miller included the Binscarth Stock Farm (C.L. Smellie), Beresford Stock Farm in Brandon (J.E. Smith), Chas. H. Fox & Co. in Winnipeg, Breeze Lawn Stock Farm (Sharman and Sharman) in Souris and O.P. Skrine and R.H. Skrine of Grenfell — now

Pulverize, crush and level with the Acme Harrow

Our History: April 1887

Advertisements in the April 1887 issue of The Nor-West Farmer and Manitoba Miller included the Acme Pulverizing Harrow, Clod Crusher and Leveler as well as Sedgwick Woven Steel Wire Fence and Gates. The issue contained an extensive article on dairying, beginning with plans for a creamery, which could be built for an estimated $1,800. However,


The best livestock market in the Northwest

Our History: October 1887

This ad for the Winnipeg Livestock Mart and Feed Stable appeared in the October 1887 issue of The Nor’-West Farmer and Manitoba Miller. “Farmers, Cattle Dealers and Butchers will find this the Best Market in the Northwest,” it said. An article in the issue praised the success of a test of Russian wheat. Mr. George

Cattle hides as a replacement for buffalo robes

Our History: August 1888

These fine specimens of livestock were on offer in the August 1888 issue of The Nor’-West Farmer and Manitoba Miller. Among the topics in that issue was a list of 27 hints for judges of livestock, such as, “Make no scruples in discouraging a purposely overburdened udder; remember you are appointed as teachers,” and, “Discourage

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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.”