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MULE PRODUCTION 19
Each of the classes is divided, according to conformation, soundness,
quality, condition, and action, into the following grades: Choice,
Good, Medium, Common, Inferior.
Figure 8.-A choice draft mule.
The draft-mule class includes the largest mules (figs. 8, 9, and 10),
standing from 16 to 171/2 hands high and weighing from 1,200 to
1,600 pounds. Some exceptional draft mules exceed the maximum
weight given for this class. Draft mules are used principally for
heavy teaming in large cities, especially in the warmer climates; for
contract jobs, such as road grading and railroad work; and for lumber
work. Mules used for contract work are generally designated by
an appropriate descriptive name, such as "railroaders." The heaviest
draft mules usually find their way to the lumber camps. Contract
mules must have more quality than lumber mules, but extreme
weight is not so essential. The greatest demand for draft mules is for
those between the ages of 5 and 8 years.
There is no special preference in regard to sex. The highest prices
paid are for those mules having weight combined with heavy bone,
large, well-shaped feet, strong, short backs, closely coupled with
abundant muscling over the loin and hindquarters.
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Williams, J. O. (John Oscar), 1885- & Speelman, S. R. (Sanford Reed), 1894-. Mule production., book, 1949; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1784/m1/21/: accessed February 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.