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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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-mind you, that is not gluten feed, it is gluten meal, analyzing 
33 per cent. protein. The gluten feed has the bran ground 
with it. My ration this winter has been 10 quarts per day, com- 
posed of one part gluten meal, one part wheat bran, three parts 
corn meal, with what corn silage and hay they would eat. This 
hay has been some of the time alfalfa; some of the time oat hay, 
and clover and timothy hay. This combination of grain weighs 
just about a pound to the quart. The wheat bran weighed 17 
pounds per bushel; the corn meal, 50 pounds per bushel; the 
gluten jmeal, 631 pounds per bushel. 
Mr. Goodrich: Then that would make more than a pound 
to the quart 
V-       Mr. Gurler: It was not equal parts, you would have to take 
a lead pencil for that. 
A Member: Wasn't that feeding a good deal of corn? 
Mr. Gurler: It figured out a balanced ration, one to five and 
a half, and that is what I was aiming for. With this they were 
fed about forty pounds of silage. 
Mr. Clark: Was the silage well eared ? 
Mr. Gurler: I don't know what you would call well eared. 
Thera was just about twice the amount of seed planted that you 
would put in for a grain crop. 
Mr. Cobb: I amu feeding the cheapest grain ration this win- 
ter that I ever fed. We are feeding six pounds of corn meal, 
three pounds of cotton meal, mixed, and a half a pound of cotton 
seed meal on the ensilage at noon, and it costs about three quar- 
ters of a cent a pound. 
Mr. Gurler: What does your daily ration cost you! 
Mr. Cobb: Three quarters of a cent a pound for eleven 
pounds; That is for cows that are giving 35 and 40 pounds of 
milk-besides roughage, of course 
Ex-Gov. Hoard:  1 am feeding 35 pounds of good corn en- 
silage, costing 4 3-8 cents; 10 pounds alfalfa hay, .05; 3 pounds 
of bran, at 2 3-8, making a ration costing 11 5-8 cents, for which 
I am getting over a pound of butter fat a day, which I estimate 
to be worth at present prices, about 30 cents. 
Mr. Cobb: That is an ideal ration. Whenever we can get 
alfalfa in the dairy belt of this country, our fortune are made. 
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