Northern Wisconsin Agricultural and Mechanical Association / Transactions of the Northern Wisconsin Agricultural and Mechanical Association, including a full report of the industrial convention held at Neenah, Wisconsin, February, 1886. Together with proceedings of the Association for 1884, to January 1, '86
Vol. XI (1886)
Henry, W. A.
Cornstalks compared with mixed hay and clover hay, for producing milk and butter, pp. 245-262 PDF (3.3 MB)
AGRICULTURAL AND MECHANICAL AssOCIATION. 245 CORN-STALKS COMPARED WITH MIXED HAY AND CLOVER HAY FOR PRODUCING MILK AND BUTTER. Prof. W. A. HENRY, of the Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Station, Madison. The following described experiments were conducted to ascertain: 1st. The relative values of corn fodder and mixed hay for producing milk and butter. 2d. The relative values of corn fodder and clover hay for producing milk and butter. 3d. The amount of milk and butter an acre of corn will make when fed to milch cows. 4th. The value of an acre of corn when turned into milk and butter. All the materials fed were good of their kind, the corn- stalks being from a lot described further on, cut early, and well cured in the shock and bound into bundles, after husk- ing the fully matured ears. The mixed hay was about one- third clover and two-thirds timothy. The clover hay was from medium red clover, cut early enough to preserve the leaves and heads in good condition. The corn-meal was from Kansas corn, thoroughly dried and ground fine. The bran was Minneapolis new process. The hay and fodder were fed long, thus necessitating much waste with the corn-stalks, which might have been avoided by running the stalks through a cutter, but as this was a preliminary trial, it was deemed best to take each fodder in its simplest form, leaving other tests to show us the loss by feeding in this way. Four excellent butter cows were selected and divided into two lots of two each, of equal capacity for producing milk and butter as near as we could judge. During the trials they held their weights and maintained their appetites so well that no further mention need be made of these points. In every trial a week's preliminary feeding preceded the two weeks of actual test, this time being considered neces-
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