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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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Wticmnin Dairynents As8ciafi6 
your soul good to see those fellows when the man throws a 
couple of forkfuls over to themi They get into it, frisking their 
Wails, and they come out with a mouthful, eating that hay in a 
manner that would strike you with a great deal of conviction. 
Now, alfalfa hay analyzes about eleven per cent protein; 
bran, twlve; only one point above it; clover, 8.6; timothy, 3. 
Now, you men all over Wisconsin to-day are thinking that tim- 
othy is first class hay. The poorest hay I know of for the dairy- 
man to-day is timothy, except it be marsh grass, and that makes 
better bedding. Now, timothy is down to 3 per cent of protein. 
That is the element that makes the red blood in cattle, makes 
the muscle, makes the casein in the cheese, that element called 
protein. Do you see now why alfalfa does such splendid work. 
You must remember, farmers, that you cannot affect the mar- 
ket end a minute, as a rule. You are a patron of a creamery. 
Your butter sells just the same as all the rest and you cannot 
make any difference for yourself in the factory, you are power- 
less there, but at the farm end you are supreme. You can re- 
duce the cost of making of the milk and every penny that you 
reduce the cost is a penny added onto the other end. Now, I 
have made up a ration, having all these things in view, and my 
ration costs me twelve cents a day. I am a pretty strong feeder; 
usually I feed my cows about 8 to 10 pounds of a grain ration 
a day. Now, what do I feed that comes to 12 cents a day-I 
couldn't find a men about me among thepatrons of the ceram- 
ery that was feeding for less than 16, up to 18 and 20 cents a 
day. My ration consisted of 35 pounds of good corn ensilage, 
going 75 baskets to the acre and more, 35 pounds of corn en- 
silage at $2.50 a ton; ten pounds of alfalfa hay at $10 a ton; 4 
to 5 pounds of bran at $15 a ton. That makes a -ration of 12 
cents, and the cows were earning about 30 to 35 cents a day. 
Now, you see how I helped myself; instead of feeding 8 or 10 
pounds of patent bran, I was feeding only 4 or 5, cutting the 
cost 50 per cent there, and all the rest of the ration I produced 
on the farm. Now, the creamery paid me within a few cents 
of $70 per cow for the cream of those cows. The cream is sep- 
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