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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Thirty-first annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Fond du Lac, Wis., February 11, 12 and 13, 1903. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays and discussions relating to the dairy interests
(1903)

Discussion,   pp. 169-172 PDF (924.5 KB)


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Wisconsin Daiqjmeg's Associatdio         169 
DiSCUSSION. 
Prof. Henry: What varieties of clover grow in northern 
Wisconsin I 
- Mr. Reitbrock: The Medium, I think, is most grown. Al- 
sike is grown on the softer soils and. White Clover is grown 
pretty nearly everywhere. Some people have said that it was 
indigenous to the soil, but I don't think it is. I think it came 
there some other way, and then got scattered, and it keeps on 
growing. My experience extends over a period of about twenty- 
-  five years. In one section of territory, that I am more particu- 
larly acquainted with, I have heard it said by people living 
there now that it always grew there, that it came naturally, but 
the fact is I brought a bushel of White Clover seed there and 
gave it to a farmer settled there and requested him to scatter a 
little here and there, wherever he found a patch of bare ground, 
and the sheep and cows, I think did the rest 
Mr. Gurler: I have hunted up in northern Michigan, just 
over the Wisconsin line, for twenty-one seasons, and it has been 
a great surprise to me to see how clover thrives up there. I 
have expressed many times a wish that I could get a stand of 
red clover and get it to thrive as well in northern Illinois as it 
does in northern Wisconsin. 
Prof. Henry: You are right. 
Mr. Cobb: We have a gentleman down in our country and 
he has been up in that country, and he says the farmers of Illi- 
nois don't know a thing about clover or blue grass either. 
Mr.-Goodrich: Do cows produce an abundance of miilk dur- 
ing the year up there where the timber is thick, up in the woods, 
up above Athens, for instance? 
Mr. Rietbrock: If they get the feed. In its natural state 
the timber growth is so extensive that there is little grass for the 
cattle, but as the timber is cleared off and an opportunity given 
for the grass to come in, of course they get an abundance of 
feed. 
Mr. Goodrich: But are there any flies there, that is what 1 
wea to get at I 
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