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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Thirty-first annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Fond du Lac, Wis., February 11, 12 and 13, 1903. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays and discussions relating to the dairy interests
(1903)

Howie, D. W., Jr.
The daily routine on Sunny Peak dairy farm,   pp. 81-88 PDF (2.1 MB)


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As the grain ration comes in sUch close proximity to the milk- 
ing, it moay not be out of place to make a few rHmarks upon this 
subject. A cow is not a waste basket, as some manufacturers 
seem to think. Farmers, as a rule, are easy meney for such 
men, believing all the claims they make for their by-products. 
Thfese goods are not wha they are cradied-up to be, Stidc to 
your own produce for the most part for cow feed. Ground oats 
I believe to be the best single feed. If you have pea-meal, corn- 
meal or anything else in that line to mix with the oats, so much 
the better. I have fed boiled rye and got the same results as I 
did from ground oats and pmas, in spite of the fact thbat I have 
never heard of rye, in any form, being a good feed. 
Wheat bran, although comparatively high in prioe, is greatly 
over-estimated. We have been unable for some years to get 
satisfactory branL  The mannfacturere of this one-timie staple 
cow feed are retting altogether too greedy, and I think the dairy- 
man would do well to BaS it up entiredl until the price comes 
down within, reason. It is not the scarcity of this article that 
keeps the price above its real value, 'but simply a manipulation 
of the market. 
* I am not a Grict advocate of scient-fiic feeding, for the reason 
that the chemical analysis of some of our feeds is misleading. 
For instance, take the common navy bean: Nuthing on the farm 
will eat thew in any share, although they prove by analysis that 
they are one of our richest foods. If cows are fed what thev 
like they will give better results. A feed thai hias to be mixed 
with something more palatable in order to coax the aows to eat 
it, is not in my opinion- worth feeding. 
Next on the progrsm is the separation of the milM and feed- 
ing of the calves.. You all know about the centrifugal sepa- 
rator, so it will be useless to dwell unon this. The princinal 
thing to remember is to have your milk about 85 degrees to in- 
sure against any lowS of butter fat in the skim milk. We run 
the skim milk from the separator into ten gallon cans. When 
the can is full we allow it to stand a few minutes so that all of 
the foam comes to the top before feeding the milk to the calves. 
The reason for this is that the foam or skim milk is one of the 
most prolific causes of scours. 
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