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Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes / Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes : a hand-book of agriculture. A report of the twelfth annual closing Farmers' Institute held at Janesville, March 8, 9, and 10, 1898
Bulletin No. 12 (1898)

Goodrich, C. P.
Economical feeding,   pp. 169-175 PDF (1.8 MB)

Page 169

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tested; never buy an animal and take effect that the animal he is buying
'it into your herd without ats being been tested. Don't be so careful about
tested, and when that plan is once some things and  HO careless about
adopted, it will not be very long be- others. Let us go at it in a business-
fore every intelligent buyer will in- like manner.
aist upon having a certificate to the
The Institute met at z:3o. Mr. H. . Briggs in the chair.
C. P. GOODRAIC. FL. A thdue., Win.
My subject is economical feeding. I
take It that the most eonomicl feed-
ing is that by which we obtain in re-
turn the greatest amount of money for
a given investment in feed. We get
the returns in the growth of the young
animal, in the increase in weight, In
the increase in value pIer hundred
pounds, or with the dairy cow, In the
increase of product as represented In
her calves and in the milk product.
Frost In Venus stock.
It is a law in the growth of animals
that a young animal takes less feed to
make a given gain than an older one.
This has been thoroughly proved at,
the Experiment Stations and on farms,
and still we see many farmers feeding
animals in such a way and at such an
age that one would think they did not
really understand this subject.  The
fat stock shows in Chicago, and the
records that those who exhibited there
were obliged to keep as to the weight
of their animals and the cost of the
deed, bas been of Immense value to all
thorse who have been Interested in
studying this subject It has shown is
a very marked degree that every dai
that an animal grows older, the more
..d .t ta.  _. put on............................ a p
"ed it t k} to out on a pound of
I have lately been looking over the
records of the fat stock show, and I
xave selected two steers that seemed
to just about represent what I want to
llustrate. They were very fine Short-
horn steers. and when they were one
year old tneir average weight was
L,000 pounds; the cost of the feed had
been $34.17 each, or 3.42 of a cent per
pound. Now, if they had been sold at
six cents per pound, there would have
been a profit of $25.83 on each one, but
they were fed longer. When they were
two years old they weighed 1,600
pounds each; 600 pounds had been put
on during the year, at a cost of $52.12,
or 8.68 cents per pound. It cost over
twice as much a pound to put on
weight the second year as It did the
first, although they were very rapid
growing steers. They were kept Stil
another year and they put on 660
pounds more each, which made them
weigh 2,250 pounds each, and this
last year's growth was put on at a eost
of about 12% oquta a pound, an the cost
of the food this third year w  $81.50
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