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No. 27 (June 1959)
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ON THE FARM

HEAVY BRANDS LOWER PRICES

The action of wool buyers at the Auckland sale recently in not bidding for excessively branded wool should be a warning to sheep farmers to take greater care in branding their sheep. In their own interests farmers should not brand heavily, should use only approved wool-marking preparations, and should not dilute branding fluids with unscourable substances such as engine oil.

All wool-marking preparations must be submitted to the Department of Agriculture for approval before they can be sold. Though the sheep farmer has a guarantee that the branding fluid he buys is scourable, wool buyers remain suspicious of over-branded wools and they either do not bid for those lines or get them at a very much lower price.

If a branding fluid must be diluted, it should only be with a substance recommended by the manufacturer. Safe diluents are usually indicated on the label of the container.

The Department of Agriculture advises farmers to brand sheep only on places where the wool is less valuable, such as far back on the rump, and not on the shoulders, back, or flanks, where the better wool grows.

LET SONS RAISE THE PIGS

One of the best ways of achieving higher pig production is to capture the interest and support of the rising generation of dairy farmers, said the Minister of Agriculture, Mr C. F. Skinner, in “The New Zealand Journal of Agriculture.” He thinks that farmers on dairy holdings not suitable for subdivision could consider handing over the pig side to a son who might otherwise find insufficient inducement to remain on the property.

“Even on a small farm the pig business could be built up for a keen youngster by obtaining extra feed from a factory not processing it or by getting skim milk from neighbouring farmers who from choice or circumstances were not keeping sufficient pigs to cope with all they had,” the Minister stated.