Southern Wisconsin Cheesemakers' and Dairymen's Association / Proceedings of the ninth annual meeting of the Southern Wisconsin Cheesemakers' and Dairymen's Association held at Monroe, Wisconsin, Thursday and Friday, March 11 and 12, 1909
Ottis, D. A.
Important factors in the selection of our feeding stuffs, pp. 37-44 PDF (1.4 MB)
42 NINTH ANNUAL CONVENTION. that the cost of feed was $83.00 p r head and the cows produced dairy products worth S24.50 per head, or a loss of s:3.50 per cow. The own;er being confronted with these figures, was induced to sell the herd to the College. At the end of the s.-cond year cow in the herd had produced dlairy products worth $3S.00 per head, The cost of feed amounted to $33.00 per head leaving a profit of $5.00. It will be noticed that the increase of $5 00 in feed made a difference of $13.50 in favor of each cow. Another experience illustrating the value not only of liberal feeding but of judicious feeding is given by Mr. J. II. Grisdale of Canada. Ile took a herd of twenty-five cows and fed them all they would consume for one year, with the result that the herd averaged 5,400 pounds of milk per head. The next year he weeded out two of the poorest animals and started in the feed not a more generous ration but a more suitable one, figured out according to our best knowledge along feeding lines. This year he realized b,500 pounds of milk per cow, or an increase of 1,100 pounds for each animal in the herd. At the same time the cost of food was reduced $2.')0 per head. This illustrates that it is p)ssible to feed an animal liberaLly and yet not judiciously. Some zows w'll eat from 15 to 20 pounds of meal and give no better results than when fed 8 or 9. Possibilities with Home Grown Feeds. In order to realize the largest profits we must raise all the roughage and as much of the grain as possible on the farm. I assume that we realize what the cow needs in the way of digestible nutrients to produce the best results. The question which then confronts us is what feeds will give us the largest amount of nutrients per acre. Of all the nutrients needed by the cow, protein is by far the most important. Our carbohydrates and ether extract are supplied in the ordinary feeds grown on the farm but the greatest conce;n to the dairyman, in order to properly balance his rations, is to get niore protein. The value of somne of our different crops fro:n the protein standpoint is
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