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Southern Wisconsin Cheesemakers' and Dairymen's Association / Proceedings of the tenth annual meeting of the Southern Wisconsin Cheesemakers' and Dairymen's Association held at Monroe, Wisconsin, Thurs. and Fri., January 27 and 28, 1910

Davis, Dallas E.
Winter dairying compared with summer dairying,   pp. 63-69 PDF (1.6 MB)

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ducts are manufactured from this one plant. Now we have
the greater part of the problem of winter feeding solved,
because alfalfa and corn make almost a balanced ration with
the fodder.
Nature has done wonder in permitting us to grow these
two wonderful plants. Our. business is in its infancy and
we have much yet to learn of the raising and handling of
these two plants.
We all know the value of shock corn and the methods of
handling it, but there is -still another way to handle the
corn crop and it makes the crop cheaper in the handling
and more valuable in the feeding, and that is the silo.
It costs from fifty to seventy-three cents per ton to fill a
silo and then we have a teed that for succulence and
palatability, two very praiseworthy virtues in any feed,
can scarcely be excelled by any other feed-stuff that we can
raise on the farm.  While the chemical analysis varies
little from good shock corn yet it was found by a series
of experiments at Madison University several years ago
that it would produce five per cent more milk than the
stover. Then there is the convenience of feeding and the
excellent physical condition of the cow in favor of this feed.
The best friends of the silo are its constant users. We
must remember that it is not always the amount we sell
but the net profit of what we sell that counts the most.
So if we can produce and use so cheap and excellent a feed
on our farms, why not dlo so?
Now I have some figures I want you to see and hear.
Nearly all these figures represent facts rather than theory.
I want you to see from these figures just what a man can
do by buying all his feed and selling his milk in the different
legimate markets.
7j cows milked l0 months
Produced                               473G5.4 lbs.
Value at .06 per quart                $ 1311.00
1 cow produced                           172.50
Cost of pasture, hay and grain           464.00
Cost of keeping I cow                     61. 00

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