The banker-farmer news bulletin
Hulce, R. S.
The Banker-farmer news bulletin. Bulletin no. 23: fitting the dairy animal for dress parade PDF (1.3 MB)
make good gains. It is better to feed the growing dairy animal well on skim milk and good hay and enough grain to secure the desired results than to feed excessively on grain. A good fitting ration for dairy animals might consist of equal parts by weight of wheat bran, ground oats, hominy and oil meal. Bran and oats tend to lighten the ration and give variety; the hominy puts on soft flesh and the oil meal helps to condition the animal and put on a sleek coat. Good clover or alfalfa hay and corn silage are important. The silage, however, should be discontinued sometime before the animals leave home, so that they will be receiving the same feeds that are to be fed while at the fair. The rtsult of good breeding, good selection, good care and good dishlzpylyg. IMPROVING THE HAIR AND SKIN Each animal should be stabled and blanketed several weeks before the date for show- ing. The animals may be clipped or the long hair may be worked out by brushing the body with coarse sand paper tacked to a block for convenience in handling. The purposes of blanketing are to keep the animal clean, sweat the hide and better its handling qualities, help shed the old hair and make the remaining hair lie to the body. To aid in putting the skin and hair in condition, wash a few times with green or castile soap and water. During the fitting period rub the hide thoroughly many times
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