Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin
Fuller, J. G.
Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin. Bulletin no. 8: the work horse in spring PDF (743.0 KB)
THE WORK HORSE IN SPRING BY J. G. FULLER SECRETARY, WISCONSIN HORSE BREEDERS ASSOCIATION 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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