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)
"7wm7 "E;77-35 -i , ;i I 3, m, * MONOKa1CL flEDING. 1I tested; never buy an animal and take effect that the animal he is buying has '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 AFTERNOON SESSION. The Institute met at z:3o. Mr. H. . Briggs in the chair. ECO.NOXICAL FEEDING. 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 weight. A CUILrmOU 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 W.WW, L. _- - .
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