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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)

Gurler, H. B.
Annual records of fifty cows in one stable and the lessons they teach,   pp. 92-105 PDF (3.3 MB)


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100         Thirty-first Awmal Report of the 
protein to five and a half of carbo-hydrates and fat reduced to 
carbo-ydrates. I don't think I better touch that feeding ques- 
tion any further. I dislike always to preach when there is some 
fellow looking on that I know can do it better. I want to men- 
tion here again that question of palatability, for there is no ques- 
tion of greater importance. We may have a feed that will an- 
alyze all right, but if it is damaged in any way, or for any~ rea- 
son the cows don't like it, don't want more of it, don't eat it with 
a good relish, they won't dotheir best. You are at fault, not the 
Cow. 
A Member: I eat a whole lot of things I didn't used to 
before I was married. 
Mr. Gurler: And probably you are better for it my friend; 
very likely your wife has got four times the sense you have, al- 
though you are a Jersey man and have probably got lots of sense. 
Now, here is another point: There is a -question in my mind, 
whether skim milk is not really entitled to all the inbresse that 
you can get from feeding grain feeds with it, over what you get 
feeding the grain feeds alone. Just go home and think about 
that. I don't want to deceive myself, nor you, but it is hard to 
get a feed that will take the place of skim milk. 
A Member: I believe the gentleman's figures of the value of 
skim milk are substantially correct, and that skim milk is worth 
more fed to pigs than anything else. I believe his figures as to 
labor are also substantialy correct. 
Mrs. Lehman: Supposing you fed that skim milk to the calf, 
would it be worth as much as you say ? 
Mr. Gurler: The calf does not show up here at all; but if 
fed to the calf it would be worth more. To a calf fed intelli- 
gently, skim milk is certainly worth 25 cents a hundred. 
Mrs. Lehman: It makes a difference what kind of a calf. 
Mr. Gurler: Yes, and it makes a difference what kind of a 
man. I told you that there is more difference in the men that 
feed the calves than there is in the calves. 
Question: What amount of grain do you feed your cattle on 
the average. 
Mr. Gurler: The average cow has been getting this winter 
a ration of ten quarts per day, composed of one part gluten meal 


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