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Mail Tribune 100

Jan. 6, 1916


Reference to our advertising columns will disclose the fact that 13 cents is being offered for heavy hens and spring cockerels in this city. This suggestion ought to afford the average farmer in this valley "food for reflection." That is an old phrase, but it ought to be taken very seriously in this case.

The price for chickens means money to the farmer who has the chickens. It suggests consciousness of neglect to the farmer who has no chickens.

Suppose the farmer who succeeded in raising enough produce for chicken feed last year had possessed the chickens to consume it and were now able to offer a carload of poultry to an eager market. It would be worth to him $2600. How many farmers raised $2600 worth of anything last year in this valley without irrigation?

As a matter of business fact, this valley should easily supply a carload of live chickens for shipment to outside markets every week of the 52 in the year. The aggregate of that would mean only $20,000 a year, which would be a pitifully small output of chickens alone for this county annually.

San Francisco receives from five to ten carloads of poultry each week from Kansas and Nebraska, states in which it costs more money to raise poultry than it does in this valley because the percentage of loss is so much greater. Why should not Rogue river valley farmers supply a portion of that demand?

But here is a market at home for chickens at 13 cents a pound. Manager Gardener of the local poultry company says he wants all they can obtain; in fact, the demand is unlimited; and yet not enough is raised to supply the home demand.

Farmers do not have to hunt for a market and suffer risks of shipment. The market came to them and now begs them to supply it.

Beyond a doubt this is one of the big industries of the Rogue river valley that is overlooked shamefully. There is no legitimate excuse for there being a shortage of poultry supplies in this valley at this time.