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Scribner, Fred H.; Harris, Roy T.
Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin. Bulletin no. 17: the winter feeding of dairy cows PDF (992.7 KB)

      The Winter Feeding of Dairy Cows
   The profitable feeding of dairy cows consists in supplying
them with plenty of well-balanced, palatable feed in surroundings
which afford them health and comfort.
    Nature Feeds Dairy Cow Best. Nature gives us a model in
the mouth of June and this is recognized to such an extent that
                          the very words "June pasture" sug-
                          gest the ideal condition for produc-
                          ing milk and butterfat of the highest
  Imitate      June       quality and in greatest abundance.
                               Taking our cue from Nature, we
 June pastures provide   try to extend these favorable condi-
                 I A  welaltions throughout as much of the year
   1 A  well balanced    as possible and we succeed just in-
   ration.                  so-far as we recognize and apply the
   2 Plenty of sUCCU-     factors which go to make up this
   lance.                   ideal condition.
   3 An abundance of           In the first place, our common
   freash air and sunshine  grasses supply all of the required
   4 Pure water.           nutrients in the right proportions.
   5 A normal amount       Besides, this forage is relished by
   of exercise.             animals to such an extent that they
                           will consume it almost to the limit
                           of their capacities.
     Then again, pasture grasses are succulent, and so keep the
 digestive system of the animal in a laxative condition favorable
 for the very best action of the organs of digestion and assimila-
 tion. And we must not forget that animals on "June pasture"
 are supplied with an abundance of fresh air and sunlight, not to
 mention pure water at will.
     Adapt Methods to Conditions. In practice we must adjust
 ourselves to conditions of climate, soil, location and capital which
 in turn are affected by market for products and the help available
 for the care of the herd.
     What would be wise practice for one man may be folly for
 another which shows that each should think through his own prob-
 lem for himself. And it is certainly worth some study if he can
 make a pound and a half of butter where but one was produced
 before-especially ifs the first pound was made without a profit
 and the extra hialf is tiearly c ar-gim.
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