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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Fortieth annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Beloit, Wis., November, 1911. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays and discussions relating to the dairy interests
(1912)

Norgord, C. F.
Silage,   pp. 12-19 PDF (1.8 MB)


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Fortieth Annual Report of the
The convention met at 1.30 P. M. President Griswold in the chair.
SILAGE.
By Psok. C. F. NosooRw, MADisoN.
One hundred and fifty thousand silos to-day furnish succulent feed
to the herds the United States; 95% of these serving the dairy
cow, giving her, throughout the entire year, the rich, tender, appetizing,
milk-producing diet which came to her ancestors only during the balmy
days of May and June. A fuller knowledge of making, handling and
feeding silage is rapidly driving away old prejudices. No longer do
we find any large number of persons holding to the old ideas of fires,
tuberculosis and loss of teeth resulting from the use of silage.
When Professor Fraser recently submitted a choice between milk pro-
duced with a daily' ration Hof forty pounds of silage and milk without
silage, 372 persons out of 620 or 60% of them chose the milk produced
by silage. By such tests and' the introduction of sanitary methods
of handling silage even the condenseries, the last and greatest enemies
of silage, are rapidly surrendering the last vestige of prejudice against
it.
The silo is the boon particularly to the northern farmer. It permits
of the safe and profitable production and the perfect utilization of
corn in the great northern grass and clover areas of our state where
corn formerly was thought unprofitable. Wherever you go in Wiscon-
sin to-day, you will find that the number of silos have doubled and
trebled in the past two years.
CROPS FOR THE SIO.
As a class, legumes have proved somewhat disappointing for the
silo. Red clover has been used with some success but often it has a
rank odor and Is not relished. Alfalfa has given better success. Often
newly cut alfalfa has been saved from destruction through rain by
siloing. Cowpeas and soybeans fortunately appear favorably as silage
plants. For increasing the protein content of corn silage these are of
value. The soybean seems best adapted to Wisconsin conditions. When
thus employed it is usually best to grow the beans separate from the
corn and feed the two together in the silage cutter. All plants with
hollow stems admit too much air into the silage to permit good keeping.
Pea vines, sugar beet pulp and leaves, the latter often mixed with
dry corn stalks are excellent sources of silage whose virtues are little
known and which our farmers are as yet using all too scantily. Pre-
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