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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)

Kammer, Wm.
My methods of dairy farming, or another year's experience,   pp. 108-114 PDF (1.4 MB)


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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association.
Judge Rosa: Off thirty acres?
Mr. Kammer: Yes.
A Member: In hot weather during the summer, do you keep your
cows in the barn or out in the yard?
Mr. Kammer: I have a shed in the yard. They stay under that,
and if it is bad I put them in the barn. I put gunny-sacks on the
windows to make it dark. I got a nice barn, a warm barn, well ven-
tilated with the King system of ventilation, plenty of windows.
A Member: In this cold weather do you keep them in the barn all
the time?
Mr. Kammer: Always: Only let them out to drink. I give them
a drink of water after they get through eating In the morning, then
about four o'clock I feed and milk them and after milking I let them
out again.
A Member: Do you do that on a real cold day?
Mr. Kammer: Always, except In real stormy weather.
A Member:    Do you cut your rye or pasture it?
Mr. Kammer: Last year I cut It, but I like pasturing better. I
tried cutting It last year to see if I could make It better th;at way.
It seemed to me they ruined so much when they pastured it, but I got
better returns when I pastured it.
A Member: When you pasture your rye and it is wet weather,
don't you think it spoils your land, the cattle walking on it?
Mr. Kammer: No, I never see any difference. I sow the rye awful
thick, two bushels to the acre, and there is a regular sod there. Around
August and the first part of September, the rye gets an awful start.
A Member: If you seed your alfalfa with rye, does not the feeding
of it destroy the seeding?
Mr. Kammer: I don't sow anything in that.
Judge Rosa: The alfalfa is the only hay you have.
Mr. Kammer: That is all I have. I wouldn't have anything else.
A Member: Have you ever had your cows tested?
Mr. Kammer: Yes, last winter, and one reacted.
A Member: What did you do?
Mr. Kammer: I kept her in a separate place. It was a three-year-
old. I kept her in a box stall with the horses, and in six months
tested her again and she reacted again, and I sent her away.
A Member: Do you belong to a test association, that tests for
butter fat?
Mr. Kammer: Yes.
The Chairman: That testing association has been a help to you,
bas It?
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