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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)

Discussion,   pp. 156-168 PDF (2.8 MB)


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Wiscoein Dairymen's Asociatm.15 
(other way. I would not, under any consideration, for cows 
or any other kind of ruminants, husk, shell and grind 
corn to feed. I would by all means have it fed in corn fod- 
der, outside of the consideration of the question of expense. 
Secy. Burchard: While I agree most thoroughly with 
what Mr. Hill has said about the silo, at least for winter feed- 
ing, and am thoroughly convinced that amy man in Grant 
county can well afford to spend, during the next summer, the 
necessary money for raising the corn and building a silo and 
filling it, yet if he doesn't think that way and wants to have 
a neighbor or two experiment before he goes at it, the next 
best thing that I know of, is to grow corn fodder. Now, that 
does not mean corn stalks, it means corn fodder. They have 
tried that up in Minnesota, and they are very much pleased 
with it,-not to the exclusion of the silo, but to fill in per- 
haps, in addition to the silo. I think Mr. Hill will agree with 
me, that sometimes it is not advisable to use silage exclusively 
for roughage; that the animal needs some dry forage with the 
silo; and to prove that, you can, any of you, go into the best 
pasture that you ever saw, filled with cattle, and if you drive 
through there with a load of pretty bad straw, every animal 
in the pasture will run after that load of straw and be hungry 
for it. They tell us, moreover, that out in the western country 
where they sometimes try to pasture alfalfa or clover, that 
the most sovereign remedy for what would be serious bloats 
in their animals, is to have a satak of straw or old hay, where 
the cows can go and help themselves; all of which proves that 
in connection with silage, you waht some dry forage. 
Now, to grow this fodder corn, they first plow the land and 
till it. They cultivate the corn largely before it is planted, 
they cultivate it again and again and again, and when it is 
thoroughly cultivated along the latter part of May or the fore 
part of June, they go on and plant this corn, sowing in drills 
very thick and not very wide apart. They use their ordinary 
wheat drill seeders and they shut up one or two ohoes, leave 
open one and plant in drills, leaving but a small space between 
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