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454                              THE farm.
proper food at proper intervals, protection from inclement weather. The utmost cleanliness in the removal of offensive matter, with its storage a great distance from the cattle shed.
Cure for Distemper Among Cattle.—Use the Indian turnip; dose for a cow or horse i turnip ; 1-2 turnip for a dog, always finely pulverized; give the turnip in bran or meal lor cattle or horses ; give to the dog in bread or mush. It will render a perfect cure.
Calves should have an abundance of nutticious food, and while they may still be allowed to run out during the warm days, should be carefully housed at night during the rainy season.
Scours in Calves.—Break the shells off 1 pint of red oak acorns, steep in 3 pints of water thoroughly, and you will have 1 quart of the tea; give one pint of the same, warm, for the first dose, and the remainder 12 hours after, if necessary. Not more than two doses are required for a cure.
Hoof Rot in Cattle.—1 1-2 tablespoonfuls of copperas, 1 tea-cupful of the strongest vinegar, 2 tablespoonfuls of salt. Dissolve gradually on a hot stove, but do not let it boil. When cool, apply it on the affected part, limb or hoof, and also swab out the mouth of the animal with the mixture. 2 or 3 applications generally effect a cure. This preparation can be used in the foot and mouth disease, in connection with the above treatment.
Cows should rest before they are milked, and cow-herders should not drive them rapidly to the stalls or pens.
Swelled Bags in Cows.—When occasioned by cold, use or apply .1-2 oz.gum camphor, 2 oz. sweet oil; pulverize the cold gum, and dissolve over a slow fire.
Sickness in Animals.—A teacupful of powdered charcoal in water for a cow.
Cows, Abortion in.—Give them rest in a dry place, with good water and plenty of pure food. It may be expensive, but a gain in the end.
Bloody Milk in Cows.—A tablespoonful of sulphur in a little dry bran once a day; twice a day in bad cases.
Cattle, Warts on.—Anoint, once in 4 or 5 days, the warts with an equal mixture of blue vitroil, lard and honey.
Cure for Murrain.—Take alum and salt 1-4 lb. each ; dissolve in water and give the cow.
Mange.—20 grains of antimony, 3 spoons of aloes, made into a ball with honey or molasses ; repeat ten days after the effects of the first dose have subsided. 1-2 oz. spirits of turpentine mixed with a pint of linseed oil, administered as an injection, is also a very§efficient remedy for pin worms.
Remedy for Bloat in Cattle,—As soon as seen give it a pint of