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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Thirty-second annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Platteville, Wis., February 10, 11 and 12, 1904. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays and discussions relating to the dairy interests
(1904)

Hall, Charles L.
Cheap feeds for our cows,   pp. 151-156 PDF (1.2 MB)


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Wiucoin Da4rnet's Asociaiom5 
We aR ought to prepare for a drought by having on hand 
plenty of soiling crops to supplement the pasture. 
For this purpose, nothing is as cheap as corn silage, but 
even with this, a succession of other soiling erops will pay well. 
Rye, clover, peas and oats, sorghum and corn make a good 
succession. 
Prof. Shaw, in an address on soiling crops, at Madison last 
week, spoke very highly of rape; and said they were much 
pleased with it at the Minnesota Station, and by feeding it 
after milking, were unable to detect any taste in the milk. 
On our farm, if the pasture is good, we find little use 
for any other rough feed except corn silage. 
Our own farm is cut up by a stream, so that it is necessary for 
us to have a permanent pasture, that is largely blue grass and 
white clover; and to get the best results from such a pasture, 
we find it wise to top dress it with coarse manure every two 
or three years. 
If our farm was all tillable land, we would then use a piece 
of land only one or two years for pasture, sowinip timothy and 
orchard grass with our clover, cutting one vear for hay, and 
pasturing the next year. 
. Of those grain feeds grown on the farms those mtst often 
fed to cow% are oats, peas, corn and barley. 
* (rn is so cheaply provided for cow feed in corn silage or 
corn fodder that it will never pay to husk, shell, and grind it. 
Barley is often raised for feed, but unless the price is low, 
or the grain dark in color, or light in weight, the cows seldom 
see any of it. 
I have often tried feeding oats as part of my ration, but 
never find it pays, unless they are worth less ton for ton than 
bran. 
In those sections of the state where peas grow weU, they 
will be found a very profitable feed, unless the price is unusu- 
ally- high. 
We find it more profitable to sell our grain, wheat and omb, 
and bay Sou   of the feed tha are br-produnts of th mini 
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