San Juan School Annual Reports, 1923


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16 period under the supervision of the inspectors of the Bureau of Animal Industry and the New Mexico Sheep Sanitary Board. The same men super vised the work as last year and there was no friction at all. They finally have learned that our Farmers know how to dip sheep about as well as they do. In fact, in most cases we aid more than they required of us. The result was that we were continued as" clean territory" and our sheep went out without quarantine restrictions. Colorado and the State of New Mexico both recognized the dipping work done here. The present plans call for dipping to begin just as soon as inspectors can be had.-- about the last of July of the first of half of August, if the expected rains come. The work will be done by the same men as last year and under the same supervision. The future of the stock raising business is in keeping up the breed and continuing to improve it where possible. The stock business on the reservation will always be the SHEEP DuSINESS, the Navajo knows the sheep business as well or better than the average white man so far as ranging and taking care of them goes. All he needs is to be encouraged in his efforts and protected in his holdings of his range. He needs our help in get ting hold of improved. sires- it is our job to get them and bring them to where he can get hold of them. He does not know where to Lina them and could not conduct the business of purchasing them if he could find them. He now knows the value of im. proved sires; he needs a little more instruction in the care of such stock. He knows that he must dip his sheep and he no longer makes much of a fuss about it. Miany of them now move their corrals to new ground after dipping. More of them this year have made an effort at grading their wool in fact they shd are a all their half- breed sheep separated. from the other sheep and kept that grade of wool separate all the way through. There is no longer much c omplaint from the traders about the Indians sanding, wetting, or salting their wool. In the

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