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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)

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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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