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Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin

Fuller, J. G.
Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin. Bulletin no. 8: the work horse in spring PDF (743.0 KB)

                     BY J. G. FULLER
           College of Agriculture, University of Wisconsin.
   The work horse is the Wisconsin farmer's best pulling power
and he is a most important factor in the spring work of the farm.
With a good system of crop rotation and his field operations well
planned, the farmer should know just about how much horse work
he has to do and early provide himself with horses sufficient for
his tasks.
   He should select a type of horse suited to his work. If he
has a farm of heavy soil and is producing cultivated crops, large
                  and strong draft horses will be most efficient.
Heavy Horses     On a small dairy farm where much produce
for Heavy Work. and feed has to be hauled to and from the
                  farm, a smaller, more active type of horse
will be most useful.
   Whatever the type of horse or work to be done, do not put
him into hard work without preparation. Work horses after
               being kept over winter on a maintenance ration
Horses "Soft" of suitable feed, such as corn stover, hay, straw
in Spring.     and a limited amount of grain, should gradually
               be placed upon a ration of energy producing
feeds. It takes at least three weeks to get in shape for steady
field work a horse that has been more or less idle during the winter.
During this time he should be more liberally fed and by thorough
grooming be induced to shed as much as possible of his winter
coat of hair.

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