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Northern Wisconsin Agricultural and Mechanical Association / Transactions of the Northern Wisconsin Agricultural and Mechanical Association, including a full report of the industrial convention held at Neenah, Wisconsin, February, 1886. Together with proceedings of the Association for 1884, to January 1, '86
Vol. XI (1886)

Henry, W. A.
Cornstalks compared with mixed hay and clover hay, for producing milk and butter,   pp. 245-262 PDF (3.3 MB)

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than to feed imperfectly. Other things being equal it does
not pay to cook the food, neither for the food or the labor.
Some of the chemical experiments show that food is actu-
ally lost by cooking for the animal, that it is less digestible.
Mr. Gillingham-How would it be for beef?
Prof. Henry - If you were feeding a grown animal where
you did not have to make muscle and bone, if you were fat-
ting, simply putting on fat, you would feed cornstalks or hay,
feed a good deal of corn meal and also bran, because we do
not care about making lean meat, but the cow must put a
certain amount of cheese with the fat and sugar, so she
needs proteirie.
Question -How would it be to take ground oats in place
of the bran?
Prof. Henry -There is a principle in oats that is hardly
weighable that excites the milk secretion. The oat is the
finest grain for producing milk that there is, yet the ques-
tion of expense must come in. It is a very expensive food.
A hundred pounds of oats has no more proteine in it only by
very little than a hundred pounds of corn meal. On account
of the husks there are less carbohydrates, so the amount of
proteine to the amount of carb-hydrates is in excess. The
grain of corn is filled up with the starch. It has a larger
husk to the hundred pounds and has only a little more pro-
teine in it than corn meal, so the per cent. in oats is higher,
but the total is not. You must take into account the ex-
Mr. Huntley - I saw a statement I think in the Rural New
Yorker, that a feed of corn fodder was placed at ninety-one
instead of sixty or sixty-one. I presume that is corn. Do
Xou know about that, whether that relative value was cor-
rect or about correct?
Prof. Henry -I do not.
Mr. Huntley - I saw it was quoted at ninety-one, hay be-
ing a hundred.
Prof. Henry - I don't like these newspaper statements.
IMr. Huntley - It was taken from a German chemist.
Prof. Henry -Yes, sir. A man might say a plow was a
hundred in farming and a horse was ninety, or a horse a

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