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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)


Danks, J. R.
Feed and care of the dairy cow,   pp. 168-171 PDF (872.4 KB)


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8Thirty-Second Annual Report of Las 
every wagon wheel pressed, in the second crop and the third 
crop. You will see a little track right through the fields where 
they went. Therefore, horses and cattle are very bad on it. 
FEED AND CARE OF THE DAIRY COW. 
J. RI Danks, Madison. 
Nearly all progressive dairymen realize that the feed and 
eare of the dairy cow is very closely associated with the amount 
bi butter produced, and as the profit or lows on each cow is 
largely determined by the butter production, it will readily be 
seen that the subject is an important one, as it largely effects 
the welfare of all dairymen. 
One of the first lessons to be learned in feeding the dairy cow 
is that in order to get the best results from a herd it is neee- 
sary to study tie individual peculiarities of each and every cow 
in the herd, and then try and feed them according to their in- 
dividual needs. It is simply impossible to get the best results 
from a herd of cows by feeding them all the same ration. 
In formulating a ration for the dairy cow the following fac- 
tors are very important and should always be taken into consid- 
cation, viz.: 1st. The amount of butter she is producing 
2nd. Her condition or live weight. 3rd. Her temperament 
or tendency. 4th. Her period of lactation. The cost or mar- 
ket price of the various feeds, together with their actual feeding 
value, will of course always be taken into consideration by the 
feeder who is anxious to keep the cost of the ration down as 
low as is consistent with the best results, 
Owing to the peculiar characteristics of each individual cow, 
no definite rules can be laid down in regard to the amount of 
grain a cow should be fed, even when the production of milk 
and butter is known. Ten pounds of grain per day would, for 
soin. owWu even when geently fresh, be a heavy feed, for the 
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