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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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170         Thirtrfirai Amsw Akep     of Xa 
Mr. Rietbrock: Certainly then are some flies there, but I 
don't think the flies are as savage as I have know  thm in the 
southern purt of the state, because the evenings are generally a 
little cooler and there is a rest from. the flies and the Mosquitoes 
after it cools down in the evening: 
Mr. Goodrich: Then you think they are not asbad as they 
are in the southern part of the state                        - 
Mr. Rietbrock: 1 don't know; a mxequito bite is pretty bad 
anywhere you get it. 
Mr. Wheeler: I moved into northern Wisconsin  Thing 
over thirty years ago. There was no gram at ad in, the woods 
bought me a cow and put her in the woD  thinking he would 
starve to dead but I had to muilk  tat hree time a day all 
sunmmer, and she ran in the woods with no grain. Sle was fat 
as a hog. Thats tihe way cattle do in northern Wisconsin. 
-Mr. Rietbrock: My impression is that the gColeman did 
not follow up that eow all day to see where she went into the 
little crooked paths and little openings to get the grass naturally 
growing there She certainly did not get very fat nibbling the 
buds from the brush, or the moss from the ground tha dons not 
see the light of the sun. It is in the little paths that are ouen, 
uny place that is open, there is an abundance of grass providing 
there is not an over abundance of cattle to eat it. The open ter- 
ritory is limited. 
Mr. Thorp: Why is it that we have earlier pastures in 
northern Wisconsin than in southern Wisconsin 
Mr. Rietbrock: I thought I made that proposition fairly 
clear. I have studied it out in this way: The soiis deep and 
is in connection with the water. The ground is covered the 
winter through with snow, and does not freeze so hard, and the 
plant roots do not suffer. They staft to grow with greater vigor 
in the spring and your pasture comes thicker on that account. 
It is more hardy, too, there is more to it. Where your pasture 
is liable to die out in mid-summer, and your grasses have to 
come up anew, they are juicy and can't stand much and are 
easily nipped by the early frosts. 
Prof. Henry: How long is the season in norern Wis   , 
in the vicinity of Wausnt I A. Wel, I Chould say that it 
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