A View Of The Ancient And Present State Of The Zetland Islands (volume 1); Including Their Civil…

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byArthur Edmondston

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1809 Excerpt: ... tions, it would form an interesting addition to the wild scenery of the sea and the rocks. Section III. Observations on the introduction of Sheep-farming into Zetland. As the grain crops so frequently fail, and are at all times precarious, some have suggested, that it would be more advantageous to this country to give up in a great measure the prosecution of agriculture, and substitute sheepfarming in its stead. A proposal, however, which, if adopted, must necessarily subvert the former habits and views of the majority of the inhabitants, should be received with caution, and its merits examined with impartiality. That the introduction of sheep-farming into Zetland would not conduce to ameliorate the condition of the tenants, will appear obvious from the following considerations. They have the privilege, at present, of pasturing on the scatthold or common as many sheep and cattle, of every description, as the hills can support. Without forming enclosures at a considerable expence, there is no mode of improving the vegetation on the mossy hills, nor, consequently, of increasing the quantity of pasture for an additional number of sheep; and every such enclosure would necessarily abridge the means of raising stock which the tenants at present enjoy, without affording them any compensation for the loss. Some of the more inland black mossy hills appear scarcely to be capable of improvement, and the verdure over the whole country is but of short duration. Without having actually witnessed it, one can hardly form an idea of the withering and blasting influence of the alternate rains and keen frosts which prevail in winter, and which check, frequently until May, the appearance of general vegetation. The conversion of large tracts of arable land, at present farmed by...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1809 Excerpt: ... tions, it would form an interesting addition to the wild scenery of the sea and the rocks. Section III. Observations on the intr...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.13 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217958087

ISBN - 13:9780217958080

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