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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Thirty-second annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Platteville, Wis., February 10, 11 and 12, 1904. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays and discussions relating to the dairy interests

[Cement floors not good for cows],   pp. 171-174 PDF (893.5 KB)

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sil. Beets will supply sueulenth feed in the winter when the 
cows are eating dry feed. 
A Member: How many cows will justify a man in building 
a silo fort 
Mr. Denks: I think where there are eighteen to twenty 
cows he is justified in building a silo. He generally has other 
stock beside the cows; in fact, I think fifteen ecws a man would 
be justified in building a silo for, because he gets his feed so 
much cheaper and gets so much more out of it in the winter. 
A Member: Couldn't you build a silo out of something 
cheaper than wood ? 
Mr. Danks: It may be cheaper at first, but not in the long 
run. At Madison we have a wooden silo, boarded inside of the 
studding and outside with boards, Theo it is bricked on the 
inside and plastered with cement It is an expensive silo, but 
it is durable. We have used it six years and it doesn't show a 
crack in the cement and we expect it to stand a long while. 
That silo is eighteen feet in diameter and thirty-five feet high, 
holds about a hundred and fifty-five tons. We feed about forty 
head and generally have silage to last along into June. 
Mr. Everett: I think the concrete silo is the coming silo. 
The two silo built at the Morgan Farm were built of solid con- 
crete. They held five hundred tons of ensilage each. One 
stood on each side of that barn that was burned, and they stand 
intact to-day. Those silos were built of one part Portland 
osment, three parts clean, sharp sand and four parts crushed 
grvel, laid up in plank moulds, held in place by long bolts that 
are loosened as swon as the cement sets, the plank raised up and 
again filled. I don't know just what the thickness of the wails 
of those silos is, The silos are thirty-five feet deep eight feet 
in the ground, and they are practically indestaetible. I be- 
lieve they are going to be the coming sidl 
* A Member: Does silage keep against the wall as wel as in 
the middle ? 
Mr. Everett: It does in any silo where the air does not get 
at it,     house built n that fe I  built myu f and it is of 
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