Hogs in Rape Pasture, Iowa

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Our agricultural experiment stations test the feeding value of all kinds of grains, grasses, etc. The results of their tests are published, and progressive farmers take advantage of the experiment. For example, here the State Agricultural College of Iowa is testing the value of rape as a pasture for swine. From the looks of the hogs, the experiment is highly successful. It has been shown by experiments that hogs thrive best on a mixed ration, with the hog doing the mixing. That is, instead of feeding a hog a balanced ration carefully weighed out, it is better to let him have a chance to select part of his food. It is believed by many hog raisers, too, that hog cholera is partially the result of too much corn and a lack of such foods as clover, rape, etc. The old idea that hogs are naturally dirty animals has been disproved. They are clean and lovable, and respond quickly to healthy surroundings and kind treatment. Rape is being grown by farmers more and more each year, especially for hogs. A small field sown near the feeding lot will furnish green food for a goodly sized bunch of feeders. Hogs are one of our most valuable farm animals. The following statistics show the number of hogs marked at 12 of our leading western markets in 1915: Chicago, 7,652,071; Kansas City, 2,530,730; Omaha, 2,642,973; St. Joseph, 1,697,842; St. Louis, 2,591,768; St. Paul, 2,155,201; Sioux City, 1,760,818; Cincinnati, 1,179,672; Cleveland, 788,577; Denver, 343,653; Indianapolis, 2,435,319; Wichita, 476,469. In these 12 markets in one year there were sold 26,255,093 hogs. Locate each of these cities. Where is the great hog-raising area of the United States? Keystone ID: 16715 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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