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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
(1904)

[Cement floors not good for cows],   pp. 171-174 PDF (893.5 KB)


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in their joints and so we put the boards over the Sement and it 
is warmer, not so slippery. We keep our am   indoor a lure 
part of the time. 
A Momber: Do you prefer the Or beet to the m    o     I 
Mr. Danks: The cows relish then a little better. 
Ile Member: Would not a dirt floor be better in front of 
the cow and boards behind I 
Mr. Danks: A dirt floor is a good floor, but it is not so san- 
itary, not so easily kept clean, which you cannot do with a board 
floor and much less with a dirt floor. It doesn't cost much to 
put a layer of boards over the cement and the boards can be 
taken up and the place scraped out. The boards are made of 
ineh pine flooring and they are matched. The whole thing 
slopes towards the gutter and we do not find it necessary to take 
up those boards from fall to spring In the spring we take 
them up and serape them and keep them off till fall again. 
A Member: How many beets do you consider a good feed 
for a common cow ? 
Mr. Danks: If we didn't have silage, perhaps thirty or 
forty pounds. On our weekly testv we have fed as high as 
a hundred pounds, merely to see what we could make them do; 
of course this is with ordinary roughage. Beets contain lots 
of sugar but not much protein, and of course they ae rather ex- 
pensive, and we prefer silage as being cheaper and fully answer- 
ing the purpose. We figure beets at about twice what silage 
cost. We have found that our sugar beets contain about 14 per 
cent of sugar and you have to feed more protein in the grain. 
The principal virtue of sugar beets lies in the fact that cows 
relish them, and they will eat them all up, and if you want to 
make them eat a lot to make a record on, they are good thing.. 
But for ordinary work- I don't think the suour beets are worth 
as much more according to their cost in comparison with si- 
lage. Perhaps for a nian who has only three or four come, it 
would pay to raise beets rather than put up a silo, unless he had 
some other stock to feed. If he has any large number of cattle 
or steers, or anything to eat the silage, it will pay to put up the 
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