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)
[Cement floors not good for cows], pp. 171-174 PDF (893.5 KB)
Wuark D ,ya* A ,ock w 171 production could be easily increased 50 Ils per ow and as there are over one million dairy cows in the state according to the cesusu report, this at au average price of 20 ats. per pound would mean over ten million dollars additional income for the dairymen of the state, and this at very little more expense on the pert of the dairymen. DISUssIOi. EX-Gov. Hoard: You spoke about giving cows a soiling crop, but you said nothing about using ensilage for a soiling crop. What do you think of that ? Mr. Danks: I think I would prefer silage. Probably it would be cheaper than the soiling crop and feeding them in the sumuner. If you have enough silage to feed throuyx the sum- mer, I would advise that, as being more advantageous and cheaper than the system of soiling Ex-Gov. Hoard: Do you use much rootsI Mr. Danks: A few only. We consider that the silage takes the place of roots as a laxative feed. Just after freshening, we prefer to feed them roots for a few days, rather than to put them on silage too quickly, but otherwise we do not think them necessary when we have silage. We always raise some sugar beets and we use those, and when we are running weekly tests or anything of that sort, when we wish to have a cow do spe- cially well, we feed her roots in connection with silage as they. generally will do a little better. But they are more expensive to raise and you can't afford to raise them if you have a silo. A Member: Do you curry your cows ? Mr. Danks: We groom them, yes. Question: What are the floors? Mr. Danks: We have in Madison a cement floor. All the stables have cement floors, but where the cows stand we have a board.loor on top of the cement. We found that even where they were well bedded, the cows would stiffen up in the winter 6LA- AL
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