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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

[Cement floors not good for cows],   pp. 171-174 PDF (893.5 KB)

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production could be easily increased 50 Ils per ow and as there 
are over one million dairy cows in the state according to the 
cesusu report, this at au average price of 20 ats. per pound 
would mean over ten million dollars additional income for the 
dairymen of the state, and this at very little more expense on the 
pert of the dairymen. 
EX-Gov. Hoard: You spoke about giving cows a soiling 
crop, but you said nothing about using ensilage for a soiling 
crop. What do you think of that ? 
Mr. Danks: I think I would prefer silage. Probably it 
would be cheaper than the soiling crop and feeding them in the 
sumuner. If you have enough silage to feed throuyx the sum- 
mer, I would advise that, as being more advantageous and 
cheaper than the system of soiling 
Ex-Gov. Hoard: Do you use much rootsI 
Mr. Danks: A few only. We consider that the silage takes 
the place of roots as a laxative feed. Just after freshening, we 
prefer to feed them roots for a few days, rather than to put 
them on silage too quickly, but otherwise we do not think them 
necessary when we have silage. We always raise some sugar 
beets and we use those, and when we are running weekly tests 
or anything of that sort, when we wish to have a cow do spe- 
cially well, we feed her roots in connection with silage as they. 
generally will do a little better. But they are more expensive 
to raise and you can't afford to raise them if you have a silo. 
A Member: Do you curry your cows ? 
Mr. Danks: We groom them, yes. 
Question: What are the floors? 
Mr. Danks: We have in Madison a cement floor. All the 
stables have cement floors, but where the cows stand we have a 
board.loor on top of the cement. We found that even where 
they were well bedded, the cows would stiffen up in the winter 

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