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accredited sheep lands of the latter, are lower in price, more
easily obtained, and are capable of being much improved by
stocking. As moreover the maximum of improvement attainable, on the
old system of management, and from the Saxon Merino cross, under
such system, has been attained, the lands are found to bear a value
fully up to that of the sheep and the yield of wool obtainable from
it. The fleeces are very light, the wool short, fine, and deficient
in strength, the result of slovenly breeding, management, and
overstocking of the land. In view of these things I am convinced
that the ' actual' position of sheep farming in the Eio de la Plata
offers a brilliant opportunity to the pioneers of an improved
system of management and breeding, with the object of producing a
more robust animal, one of larger carcase, yielding much more meat
and grease, a fleece double the weight, and wool as long again in
staple, and at the same time more sound and elastic than the
average of the present stock. The means to attain this end will be
suggested in another part of this work. Sheep estancias are of
various extents, ranging from half a square league to four and five
or more square leagues. There are combined cattle and sheep
estaucias of very much greater extent; many proprietors count from
20,000 to 100,000, and in some instances a still greater number, of
sheep in their possessions. An establishment of this class consists
of an estancia house of more or less pretensions in size, round
about which may be seen generally plantations of paraiso, acacia,
poplar, willow, mulberry, and some few sturdy ' ombu 'trees, and in
some cases peach plantations, out-offices, sheds or ' galpones,'
horse ' corrales' or pens, and sheep ' corrales.' These '
poblaciones'?habitations, with their foliag...
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