Overcoat for Lambs
by Dick Perue
Fleece Lined Overcoats to Protect Early Lambs from the Chilly Breezes
Henry Sales of Cody is said to have placed with a local tailor an order for 1,000 coats for new-born lambs with which he will protect his lamb crop this spring. The garments are fleece lined and so designed that they may be easily slipped on a lamb, protecting his body but leaving his legs and head exposed.
If the experiment is successful other flock masters in that district will adopt the system.
There is a heavy loss of lambs each spring because of cold. Sales is said to believe his lamb coats will reduce the loss to the minimum. It is feared by sheepmen, however, that the mothers of lambs will refuse to recognize them if they wear clothing.
This article appeared on the front page of The Cokeville Register, dated March 23, 1916. Makes for a good story, but we are just a little suspicious since that date is close to April 1.
The tag line for the Register reads, “Cokeville is the Railroad Town for one of the Richest Agricultural and Livestock Valleys in Wyoming and has the Highest Assessed Valuation of any School District in Lincoln County.”
J. D. Noblitt returned from the desert Wednesday evening, where he has been the past two weeks looking after the erection of lambing sheds and things in general during lambing time. Lambing on the desert was an experiment with the Cokeville Land and Livestock Company this year and Mr. Noblitt reports the lambs and ewes are doing nicely.