By D. W. Gilchrist Shirlaw
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Certainly if store cattle are bought and fattened inside, the level of profit will mainly depend on the skill of buying ; the profit in beef, so far as the farmer is concerned, appears to be mainly in rearing. It is impossible to give an average figure for the returns from a beef enterprise : some farmers are showing a profit of around £20 per head, others are making a loss. SHEEP ON STOCK REARING AND FATTENING FARMS T h e major difference in the sheep enterprise on the stock rearing and fattening farms as compared with the stock rearing farms is that the wether lambs are sold fat rather than as stores.
E. land that is put down to grass for a 49 50 The Farming Systems of Great Britain specified period up to seven or ten years ; there is generally less permanent pasture on these farms than on any other system so far considered. T h e benefits of alternate husbandry may be summarized as follows : (a) It has often been pointed out that soil structure is the key to soil fertility ; of all the cultivations that a farmer carries out, ploughing is the only one that can be said to improve soil structure.
T h e cast hill ewe is still capable of breeding and indeed, under the TABLE 2 T Y P I C A L L O N G W O O L - M O U N T A I N BREED CROSSES L o n g w o o l breed Border Leicester Border Leicester Border Leicester Border Leicester Wensleydale Teeswater M o u n t a i n breed N a m e of cross Scottish Blackface Cheviot Swaledale Welsh Mountain Swaledale Swaledale M u l e or Greyface Half-bred Swale m u l e W e l s h Half-bred Masham Masham less rigorous conditions of the marginal farm, she will rear a bigger lamb.
An Agricultural Geography of Great Britain. The Commonwealth and International Library: Geography Division by D. W. Gilchrist Shirlaw