Plea for Remount Depot: Farmers File Protest with Congress Against Any Interference with This Service, Daily Racing Form, 1922-03-04


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♦ PLEA FOR REMOUNT DEPOT Farmers File Protest With Congress Against Any Interference With This Service. WASHINGTON. D. .. March 3— Fears that •attempts to curtail appropriations for the remount service" may be made in Congress are ex-iressed in communications received by the war department from horse breeders. Work formerly tone by the department of agriculture in connection with improvement of the farm horses is now Kindled by the remount service, and the farmers .epresc-ntatives have filed protests witli members »f Congress against any slash of the military bud-jet which would interfere with this activity. The remount service has "JOO stallions valued at more than $."i00,000, and has mapped out a program for their employment in forty states during the year in co-operation with farmers, as it has been found that the most desirable type of horse for irmv use is exactlv the type best fitted for farm .York. A message to Col, F. S. Armstrong, chief of the remount service, signed by representatives of more than forty horse breeders organizations in the Sew England states. New York ;.nd Pent sylvauia. said the work carried on by the ser n is "of Incalculable value to the horse -breed ing industry ef the country." "S"e especially protest." it said, "against the proposal to abandon the remount depot at Front Va.. the only remount depot in the East or South." The Utah Cattle and Horse Growers Association transmitted a resolution indorsing plans of the remount service and urging Congressional support of this work by sufficient appropriations." The service was allowed SloO.OtlO in the current army bill, a reduction from M,6M the year before, and plans for the coming fiscal year contemplate continued operation of three depots — Kront Royal, Fort Robinson, Neb., and Fort Reno, Okla. The fourth depot, now in operation — Fort Keogh, Mont.--is scheduled for abandonment because of limited funds. Should the military establishment lie still farther reduced by act of Congress, however, it is generally expected that many army activities will have to be abandoned, and the re-:uoiint service might be among those to suffer, the breeders represent;! lives have felt.

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