Saturday, May 08, 2010

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Treacle for Young Bulls

There is no doubt that, in spite of all
the warnings that have been given,
................treacle is still used extensively
................................for breeding stock, notably
in forcing young bulls and heifers into blooming
........condition for show or sale. We are aware
........that it is included in the feeding mixture
for young bulls
..............in several of the leading herds of the day;
but in almost all these cases there is a skilful hand
at the helm, and the tasty but dangerous treacle

is given sparingly and judiciously, so as to benefit
the animals without impairing their fecundity.
We say "almost," because, unfortunately,
as we are also aware, there is too good reason
.....................................................to believe
that in some cases harm is really being done
to the breeding properties of young animals,
bulls more largely than heifers, by the too liberal
................................................and imprudent
........................................................use of treacle.

--lifted from The Book of the Farm, 1889, Henry Stephens

2 comments:

Radish King said...

Perfect. I kept substituting chocolate for treacle all the way through. APPLAUDS WILDY*********

xoxox


wv: florr. your poetry florrs me.

Tricia said...

BLESS

When I was a child and first read the word "treacle" in The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle, I pictured it all wrong, as a kind of clam molasses. You can see why.