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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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2 Tirty-wecond Aruwd Repow of tAb 
I am inclined to disagree with him, but if what he says is 
true, it certainly behooves us as dairymen to be planning for 
the drop, and if it does not come, we will be hundreds of 
dollars ahead. 
In talking over this subject of cheap feeds together, I wish 
it were possible for us all to look at it just as the manufacturer 
in other lines would look at it. 
Do you-think if one of the great vehicle factories was short 
of good spoke lumber, they would say, "We cannot afford 
to Wuy any more of this while we have on hand more box lum- 
ber than we can use this year; we will use some of this for 
spokes." 
You would say they were crazy, but I say, no more so than 
some of us farmers, who insist that we must feed what we 
raise, regardless of its value or suitability. 
Or worse yet, when grain is high, to sell it and let the cows 
go without. 
Do not lose interest in what I may have to say, because 
you think I am going to advise you to buy a lot of high priced 
feeds, regardless of conditions. 
For a number of reasons, it ought to be the rule on every 
farm to keep no more stock than can be fed a bountiful supply 
of home grown roughage. 
One of the principal reasons for this is, that it is next to 
impossible to buy good roughage, and then it usnally costs 
more in comparison to its worth than does grain feed. 
Still another reason is the cost of handling it, 
No dairy farm is fitted for a successful years' work, without 
an abundant supply of, and large variety of, good roughage; 
and careful.students of dairying are, each yer, coning to 
believe more in the necessity of increasing the supply, quality 
and palatability of our rough feeds. 
Each year's experience makes me more certain that in no 
other way can we supply the bulk of the roughage so cheply 
as by the use of the silo. 
We have fed silage every year since 1888? and nearly every 
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