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)
AGRICULTURAL AND MECHANICAL ASSOCIATION. 257 better for the farmer to sell part of his corn and buy bran and make a perfect ration. Prof. Henry-By all means. The manure from your feed is valuable almost in the ratio of proteine. There are phosphates in the husks of the bran, but generally the higher price your food the more proteine, and the more pro- teine, the more valuable. You talk of hen manure being valuable. If you fed her on oat straw it would not be so valuable. It is not the chicken that makes the manure rich; it is the kind of food she eats that makes it rich. Suppose you go out and buy bran; you get manure with the elements of that food in it. The animal does not take out but a small part of what is in the food. The most of it goes out in the solid excrement. Mr. Gillingham - Bran, clover hay and corn meal makes better hay than the straw stack. Prof. Henry - Yes, sir. If the manure from a ton of straw is worth $1.60 to you, then the manure from a ton of bran is worth $10. You can see the difference. Mr. Huntley - Prof. Arnold says it would pay to buy the bran for manrre. Prof. Henry -You can run that bran through the cow and get eighty to ninet per cent. of its value and have the milk and butter besides. You take the horse and feed him a bushel of oats. All of those oats pass in the manure. Every bit of the animal that is worn out by mental or physical exertion is in the liquid part. You say you feed a hundred bushels of oats and drive the horse on the road. All that, is taken in the body and disappears; when the muscle is worn out through the liquid, and not the solid part. Mr. Huntley -Do you keep the manure covered? Prof. Henry -We either haul it out to a large pile where we can rot it, or draw it right upon the field, in the southern part of the state. Mr. Huntley - Do they spread it? Prof. Henry-Yes, sir. Mr. Hiram Smith don't spread it. Mr. Huntley -Don't that waste when the snow comes on top of it? 17-N. A.
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