In the first half of the nineteenth century, Scots were among the many European immigrants who tried to turn North American forests into productive farms. They knew livestock were integral to this project, providing draft power, meat, leather, wool, tallow, manure and income. However they had no experience with rearing and sustaining pigs, cattle and sheep in the old growth forest of Upper Canada. They brought some skills and knowledge from Scotland, but much was learned from neighbours, books and experimentation. Emigrant guides, agricultural reports and personal letters indicate how exactly settlers utilised woodlands to feed and shelter animals in those first few years. As Scottish immigrants became more settled they transformed much of the forest which had initially sustained them into arable and into high quality pasture and meadow.
|Number of pages||20|
|Journal||Agricultural History Review|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jun 2017|