THE ABILITY of the mule to endure hardship and
perform sterling service under adverse conditions
has established him as a real asset in American
The mule will give best service under favorable
conditions of feeding and management.
Good, sound mares should be selected for breeding
in order to be successful in producing high-grade
mules. A very desirable "mule mare" is one having
about one-fourth draft blood and three-fourths lighthorse
The most practical feeds to use for mules are those
which are grown on the farm or plantation so far as
they provide the essential nutrients for a balanced
The general form and appearance of the lmule
should resemble closely that of a horse, and in
judging mules the same general points of perfection
should be looked for.
Mules range in height from 12 hands to 171/ hands
and in weight from 600 pounds to 1,600 poullns.
'While the mule is essentially a draft animal, it is
used widely for utility purposes, especially in tlhe
South. A smart, alert mule, with a long, free stride
at the walk and a snappy, balanced trot is highly
Issued August 1923
Washington, D. C. Revised February 1938
Slightly revised July 1948
U. S GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE: 1949
For sale by the Superintendent of Documents, U. S. Government Printing Office, Washington 25, D. C.
Price 10 cents
Williams, J. O. (John Oscar), 1885- & Speelman, S. R. (Sanford Reed), 1894-. Mule production.. Washington, D.C.. UNT Digital Library. http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1784/. Accessed October 2, 2014.