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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Fortieth annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Beloit, Wis., November, 1911. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays and discussions relating to the dairy interests
(1912)

Norgord, C. F.
Silage,   pp. 12-19 PDF (1.8 MB)


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loss of leaves from breaking off from the stalks. This loss is reduced
to a minimum when the corn is put into the silo immediately after the
frost.
The possibility of using frozen corn for silage is a great boon to
the dairy sections of upper Wisconsin. It makes corn practically a
sure crop In this section. Upper Wisconsin with its splendid produc-
tion of clovers, grains and grasses can, therefore, together with the
rest of our great agricultural state, make sure of that wonderful boon
to dairying "corn silage," the dairy feed that makes possible delicious,
succulent, milk-producing feed for the dairy cow every month in the
year.
DiscussIoN.
Mr. Everett: The Professor made a remark on the over-abundance
of water. Many of our farmers are anxious to know the difference in
feeding value between dry corn fodder run through the cutter and
silage. Why do you think silage is better than dry fodder, and what
is the water in the silage worth?
Prof. Norgord: A large number of experiments have been conducted
comparing the feeding value of dry corn stalks,-that is, corn stover
including the grain,-with silage including the grain, and every ex-
periment showed that silage gives the largest production of milk. Per-
haps I would be right in saying that the average difference in milk
production in favor of silage over and against corn would be some-
thing like 10 to 12 or 15%/c. I have one experiment in mind where some
2800 pounds of corn were cut and put into the silo, and an equal
amount was cut and shocked and made into corn stover with the
grain. The corn stover with the grain was fed to cows, as was also
the silage, and an equal amount of grain fed with both. In that case
the milk produced on the silage, over and above that produced on
the stover, was just 11%lo and the per cent of fat produced with the
silage over and above that with the stover was 7%%. That experi-
ment was made with corn stover well cured and taken in right after
it was dried and in good shape. Does the average farmer to-day have
as good corn stover as that used in that experiment? Not by any
means. Look at your corn stover to-day, standing out in the shock.
I venture to say that in many cases two-thirds, yes, three-quarters of
the feeding value is gone. I would not be far out of the way in say-
ing that nearly every year one-half of the feeding value of the corn-
stalk is gone before it is ever fed to the cows. So you see when you
make an actual experiment, the silage proves 10 to 15% better, and then
when you take into consideration the average loss that comes to corn
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