Last month I visited the Plantation Agriculture Museum in Scott, Arkansas. The museum had tons of cool stuff related to agriculture and cotton (which I may post in the future), but the section that really caught my heart (and my stomach) was the excellent animal husbandry section. Here’s a few of my favorite bits:
Typical branding irons. It kind of hurts just to look at them.
Hog feeding troughs, water bottles
Here’s an old advertisement for a hog oiler, which a hog rubs up against. The oil supposedly helps the hog with animal bites and skin irritations?
A sample hog oiler. Hog oilers are huge in the antique collectors market, especially cast iron oilers. Who knew???
Old timey veterinary tools
Speculum, for keeping a cow’s mouth open
Poultry laxative. Yep.
Calf weaners were placed in a calf’s nose, and caused the animal pain when it tried to nurse. This lead the calf to move on to eating grain sooner, so it would bulk up.
I saved the best for last: the “Emasculator” was used for castrating calves. You might want to rub on some udder balm afterwards. 🙁