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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

Danks, J. R.
Feed and care of the dairy cow,   pp. 168-171 PDF (872.4 KB)

Page 170

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in a warm stable would have been transformed into milk and 
In order to succeed as a dairyman a person must be in sym- 
ptly with his cattle. He must be a keen obervr and thoguh. 
with his work even to the smallest detail, and have a love for his 
stock that will cause him to work from early in the morning un- 
til late at night, if need be, in ministering to the wants of his 
cattle, so that they may be comfortable and contented. 
During the winter they should be kept in comfortable stalls 
in a warm well ventilated stable and let out for a short time on 
pleasant days for exercise. If it is necessary to turn them out 
for water, a tank heater should be used to keep the ice from 
gathering on the trough and. the cows should be wot back into 
the stable as soon as possible when the weather is severe or 
During the summer months when the heat and Ries annoy the 
animals it is usually advisable to keep the cows in a darkened 
stable during the day and feed them soiling crops such as sorg- 
hum, green corn, oats and peas, etc. They may be turned out 
to pasture at night as the flies will bother them but little while 
it is dark. This is the system followed at Madison with the 
Station herd and it has been found very satisfactory. 
At the time of calving the dairy cow will need special attan- 
tion. Prior to freshening she should have been put in a box 
stall, fed a light grain ration, which should be slightly laxative, 
such as bran and oil meal,-the amount depending on the cmn- 
dition of the cow. 
It is usually advisable to feed the cow a light ration only for 
a few days after calving, taking about a week or ten days time 
to bring her up to a full feed. Any water which is given the 
cow to drink, for the first four or five days after freshening, 
should have been slightly warmed, and pains should always be 
taken to keep her from draughts or a sudden change of temper- 
ature as this is quite likely to bring on milk fever. 
If the dairy cows in Wisconsin were given the care and Atten- 
tion which they doubtless deserv, the average yearly butter 

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