Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Fortieth annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Beloit, Wis., November, 1911. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays and discussions relating to the dairy interests
Woll, F. W.
The Wisconsin Cow Competition, pp. 19-26 PDF (1.8 MB)
Wisconsin Dairymen's Association. and therefore the best time to pack your silage is not before it is ripe, nor after it to ripe but just when it is right. The first silo in America was built in 1876; the second one in 1877. 1 saw that silo and saw the silage from it. Way back in the early days of the silo there were men who said that putting corn into the silo at the right time actually added to the feeding value of the corn, and some of us sneered at that proposition. We said, very naturally, it isn't possible to take out more than you put in. Chemists had analysed it and found it had lost in feeding value. I am willing to say, and go on record as saying, that future generations may know what I think about it, that it does add to the feeding value of corn to put it into the silo. It does lose in dry matter, in protein and in carbohydrates, and the professors will say I am wrong. I know a good many farmers that have fed silage during the summer, and every time when they commenced to feed fresh corn that was in just the right stage to put in the silo, their cows dropped off in milk. How do we get more out of the silo than we put into it? I answer, it has gone through a process that is something like digestion. It is more easily masticated and assimilated, and the animal makes better use of it. I shall be gone some of these days, but some time or other people will say "Goodrich was right." It takes some nerve to say these things and I have hesitated about saying them nearly ten years. THE WISCONSIN COW COMPETITION. PROF. F. W. WOEL, MADISON. Before we leave this other proposition I think it is only right to say we need not wait until Mr. Goodrich is gone to agree with him. I am sure many in this association agree with him now. The fact that the number of silos in this state has trebled in the last two or three years is proof that a good many people agree with him. THE WiscoNsiN DAIRY COW COMPETITION. BY PBOF. F. W. WOLL, OF Wis. AGRICULTURAL EXPERIMENT STATION. The Wisconsin Dairy Cow Competition was planned to show the production of the cows under ordinary normal dairy conditions. This object was not and could not in the nature of things be fully secured, I 19
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