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pure rams I then bred I required for my own cross bred flocks, and I made it a rule never to use any other than a pure male.  I always fire branded the pure, as well as ear marked them differently from the cross bred, and buyers were always given to understand that they were only buying cross bred sheep, in fact with the exception of old rams that I had used long enough in the flock, I then rarely sold a pure ram, because I required all the best for my own increasing flocks and it would never do to sell an inferior pure ram, better far to castrate him.  But about the time I went home in 1854 I had upwards of 1000 pure ewes, and about that time when I left the Colony I ceased to breed rams from any except pure rams, careful selection

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