Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes / Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes : a hand-book of agriculture
Bulletin No. 11 (1897)
Hays, John W.
Baby beef and silage, pp. 135-141 PDF (1.9 MB)
1n DISCUSSON. Mr. Evert--Do ot you think that Question-HOW do YOU cover Yauw gei o Is as profit to feed to be et silo?c Cattle as to dairy cattle? Mr. Hays-we cover ou rs ith itb oard Mr. Hsy'__YeS, more profitable. You We feit vr full then lthe it mittle wol have seen the sher riff around over night. Then - coer ie Wite there long ago iw' i hadn't been for boards and weight it With stones. We lae loug can inot make baby beef could probably cover with straw, but steme 900 pounds, a little less than a l we have not room enough. year old, On dry feed. A Member-I have been usingh s lo A Member-Isn't it best to make beef for nearly ten years, and I have ex- And finish them when they are about perimented With several different wa ys two y ears a nd three months old, and of covering my silo; the best success on the average farm make as much I have ever had was to put on about moneh s to feed them early? three inches of very fine straw and Mr. Hays-probably it will pay bet- paper, and weight it down thoroughly. ter for some men but not for me. You I hv hav it so that we have only see our land is worth $n an acre. had a half an inch of spoiled ensilage. The Meber-urs is worth $100. The Chairman-Mr. Hays, you speak Mr. Thor-Msr. Hays, do you feed of a stone silo, built, I suppose, with lambs ensilage, and If so, is it profit- an air space. Does that give you as able? good satisfaction as a wooden silo lr. Hays-Yes, I don't think you would? could feed lambs without it unless Mr. Hays-I had a wooden one and you had roots. it has been a constant expense to me. Question-Is it best to feed more I had to keep repairing it, and I finally than three times ; day? got it lathed and plastered. We were Mr. Hays-If I could have just my troubled with that because our fork own way I would prefer to feed them would go right through it when we twice a day and bed them good, and I were throwing out the silage. don't want a man to go in the stable The Chairman-Is this stone wail or to look at them; let them just go strong enough to hold your silage? and lie down, and not take much exer- Mr. Haysh, there is a frame cise. I don't want them out roaming around it. My silo was built on the around through the fields, if they are outside of the barn, a separate build- to get a good growth. ing entirely. I built up a frame on the t r. Thorp-Can't you get calves to stone wall foundation, the same as eat a good deal more skim milk by you would for a building. It is boarded feeding them three times a day than on the inside next to the wall with two? rough boards, and then this wall s r. H ys-I thcontinued right up. Now, in building a Mr. Thorp-I find there are a great silo that way, let me caution you. You nn in the state who are prejudiced take a three-eighths rod and make a against feeding ensilage to lambs or hook, fastening it every six or eight sheep, and I know that Mr. Hays has feet I know of a silo that was built been successful with them, as well as this season, built very high and rather with cattle. a light wall, and they did not tie It Mr. Hays-I will tell you one thing together well at the top, so the whole about Hlage. You don't want to get thing has spread out. You must have it too dry for sheep. I would cut it a good frame and a good foundation. a little bit greener for sheep than cat- The Chairman-YOur stone silo is tie, and cut it pretty fine. It wouldn'tpractically a perfect cistern? hurt if it got a little sour, if you will Mr. Hays-Yes, plumb from top to feed dry food with It. I would not bottom, and it will last as long a you feed ensilage together, nywant to keep a roof over it. It has I I1 - - -; -I,, , I q!PjjqqWW- " -' - . I - V -,-, ML - .- -4, - --
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