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Southern Wisconsin Cheesemakers' and Dairymen's Association / Proceedings of the tenth annual meeting of the Southern Wisconsin Cheesemakers' and Dairymen's Association held at Monroe, Wisconsin, Thurs. and Fri., January 27 and 28, 1910

Luchsinger, John
Remarks by Hon. John Luchsinger,   pp. 93-96 ff. PDF (891.6 KB)

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Barley                     170()
Hav                        120()
Bran, Shorts andi other ground feeds  31,8(00
Total                  58,601)
The previous 'year, a much greater amount was paidi
for such feed because of the short crop of corn, oats and
ha!, for the cow, to be of protit, must have just as much
good food when it it dear as when it is cheap. Madam
Cow does not pay dividlendls to a stingy owner.
But, there are quite a large number who    say that
the outlay for extra food is too great. That there is no
need of buying so much, ask them for a       reason  'or
their  belief  and  their  Alfafa.     They    are  not
mere theorists, then are practical dairymen  who   have
made a careful studv of the value of foods, they have
found out what a    balanced ration means, they believc
not only in good rational feeding but also that thev call
and should produce all the food on the farm.
It is long1 past arglument, that it pays well to cut all
the corn, and to shred the fodder, it has been a rare sight
to see a field of uncut ripe corn in the dairy section. Ten
years ago Alfalfa wats but little known or grown in south-
western Wisconsin, longer ago, it had gotten great repluta-
tion for great yields on the nearly rainiless plaiis of the
West and Southwest. Also un(ler the name of Lucerne it
has been grown for many centuries with great sucess in
Europe, especially in Spain anud France and Italy, countries
that have hot dry summers, as Wisconsin frequently has,
move(l by the reports of the marvellous productiveness of
alfalfa under conditions of drought, some of our progres-
sive milk farmers began in a small way to experiment with
it, they met with great success, theyv became convinced
that our soil, climate, and other conditions, were perfectly
a(lal)tedl to its growth, this knowledge has spread and is
spreading. It is no longer a question  whether our condi-
tions are favorable, it is an accepted fact that there are
but few places in southern Wisconsin where it cannot be

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