Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Tenth annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Sheboygan, Wis., January 11-13, 1882. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays relating to the dairy interests
Lawrence, George, Jr.
The advantages of winter over summer dairying, pp. 25-33 PDF (1.8 MB)
WISWONsir DAInYm's AosIATION. ensilage, the profit of feeding ground feed, how to erect warm, commodious barns, how milk should be cared for, how butter must be made, and the most scientific manner of making and handling cheese You may write long articles about ventilation of curing rooms, and a system in everything you do, but to simmer the thing down fine, with all the technicalities, we must first of all have the man; he must first be born and bred a dairyman, educated in this line, be energetic and persevering (as it wors with our Iowa friends), especially when our own interests are depending. When this man is the right man we will find everything right; he will have the best head of cattle and know just how to feed them; he will know how to erect warm barns for their comfort, and he will know what profits him best. He is a man of figures, and he knows that winter milk is worth two to one of summer milk. We advocate winter dairying: First. It is more advantageous for the cow to come in in the fall than in the spring; the average farmer manages to carry his cows through the winter on hay alone, or as little feed as will possibly do, to bring her on grass in a passable condition in the spring. By this time factories are opened and commenced operations. The spring-milked cow does her best, but the flow of milk is not satis- factory, and as a rule she loses in condition, notwithstanding the extra feed, such as meal, bran, etc., she may be favored with, for grass is relaxing and a great change from dry hay. It is an undis- puted fact that it is very difficult to hold the conditions up in early spring, especially while giving milk and poorly wintered. As the season advances, the cow recuperates some as the grass matqres, but by this time flies are troublesome, another drawback, and the flow of milk is reduced; so when fall approaches, with dry and parched pastures, such as we often have, the farmer will resort to feeding such as green corn, ground feed, etc., to bring the How-of milk up to its standardonce more. Now, we claim this cow is past reclaiming, or, in other words, never can be brought back to her full flow of milk at this season of the year. It matters noA how good the food is, if we are feeding dry cows at this time of the year with green corn, after running dry for three months, as they should do, having this time for recuperation on grass, they are as a rule in good condition. Now the change is more gradual as the winter approaches The cow drops her calf any time from November 1st _J 26
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