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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Forty-first annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Ashland, Wis., December 10, 11 and 12, 1912. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays and discussions relating to the dairy interests

Ocock, C. A.
Silo construction,   pp. 91-94 PDF (790.3 KB)

Page 91

Wisconsin Dairymen's Association.
MORNING SESSION, December 12, 1912.
President Jacobs in the chair.
C. A. OCOCK, Madison.
That a silo has come to stay in Wisconsin is a surety, and a
matter which is of vital importance to the dairymen of this
state. Frequently we Zet reports that Wisconsin is discontinu-
ing the use of silos, but if such parties making these inquiries
could step into our state for a few days, they would have an
opportunity to change their minds concerning this matter.
The silo has proved itself an important factor in the storage of
feed; under some conditions it is equal to June grass. In
some localities we find dairymen availing themselves of this
opportunity and doing away with nearly all their pasture;
reserving only a small area for exercising grounds for their
herds. This feature of the silo is of great importance as it
makes possible the operating of an extensive dairy on a very
small farm. The feeding value of silage as compared with
hay is a matter which many dairymen overlook, two to three
tons of silage being equal to one ton of best hay, and occupies
about one-third the space. Silage is worth about $4 per ton,
while our best hay is worth from $12 to $20, depending upon
the season of the year. A little mathematical calculation will
soon show the advantage of having a silo. From ten to fifteen
tons of silage can be raised upon one acre, while two tons of
hay per acre is a good crop. Under these conditions it will
be possible for a farmer to keep three times as many cows
as when farming without a silo. In the past, many objections
have arisen relative to the silo, and we find that many of them
are entirely erroneous.
The principal objection at the present time seems to be the
freezing of silage. The farmer will say that he would build a
silo if he could build one which would be frost proof. Now

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