Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Thirty-second annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Platteville, Wis., February 10, 11 and 12, 1904. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays and discussions relating to the dairy interests
Hall, Charles L.
Cheap feeds for our cows, pp. 151-156 PDF (1.2 MB)
Wiucoin Da4rnet's Asociaiom5 We aR ought to prepare for a drought by having on hand plenty of soiling crops to supplement the pasture. For this purpose, nothing is as cheap as corn silage, but even with this, a succession of other soiling erops will pay well. Rye, clover, peas and oats, sorghum and corn make a good succession. Prof. Shaw, in an address on soiling crops, at Madison last week, spoke very highly of rape; and said they were much pleased with it at the Minnesota Station, and by feeding it after milking, were unable to detect any taste in the milk. On our farm, if the pasture is good, we find little use for any other rough feed except corn silage. Our own farm is cut up by a stream, so that it is necessary for us to have a permanent pasture, that is largely blue grass and white clover; and to get the best results from such a pasture, we find it wise to top dress it with coarse manure every two or three years. If our farm was all tillable land, we would then use a piece of land only one or two years for pasture, sowinip timothy and orchard grass with our clover, cutting one vear for hay, and pasturing the next year. . Of those grain feeds grown on the farms those mtst often fed to cow% are oats, peas, corn and barley. * (rn is so cheaply provided for cow feed in corn silage or corn fodder that it will never pay to husk, shell, and grind it. Barley is often raised for feed, but unless the price is low, or the grain dark in color, or light in weight, the cows seldom see any of it. I have often tried feeding oats as part of my ration, but never find it pays, unless they are worth less ton for ton than bran. In those sections of the state where peas grow weU, they will be found a very profitable feed, unless the price is unusu- ally- high. We find it more profitable to sell our grain, wheat and omb, and bay Sou of the feed tha are br-produnts of th mini 155
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