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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Fortieth annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Beloit, Wis., November, 1911. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays and discussions relating to the dairy interests

Kammer, Wm.
My methods of dairy farming, or another year's experience,   pp. 108-114 PDF (1.4 MB)

Page 110

Fortieth Annual Report of the
Mr. Kammer: It is all right; it makes fine feed, but not enough
of it. I like something that will grow a great big stalk and fill up
the silo.
A Member: What do you get out of your cows, approximately,
your returns per year?
Mr. Kammer: They will average me anyway $90 apiece.
A Member: How much butter fat?
Mr. Kammer: Why, we have three and four hundred pounds from
some of them.
A Member: What do you do with your milk?
Mr. Kammer: I separate it and send the cream to the creamery.
Member: Your herd averages better than three hundred pounds of
fat then.
Mr. Kammer: They average about three hundred and fifty or three
hundred and seventy-five.
A Member: What breed is your herd?
Mr. Kammer: Jerseys. I have two full blood heifers and a full blood
bull. I have some good grade cows.
The Chairman: Then you get eleven or twelve hundred dollars
out of your herd?
Mr. Kammer: Yes, I do. Sixteen hundred dollars from nine cows
year before last.
A Member: Do you have any success growing alfalfa?
Mr. Kammer: Yes, very good.
A Member: How do you prepare the ground and how much seed?
Mr. Kammer: I work it up as good as I can, plow in the fall, good
and deep, eight or ten inches. I have three horses, but one is an old
horse, and I put them all on and I got a little plow and it is all my
horses can do to work that so deep that way. It makes a small furrow
but pretty good work. I fertilize it up in the spring good, both ways,
work it as much as I can, and then sow about twenty to twenty-five
pounds of seed to the acre.
A Member:    When do you sow it?
Mr. Kammer: As early as I can get it on the land. The earlier-the
better. I always had the best luck when I sowed real early. I sow
i' with oats, but I cut them for hay when they are in the milk. I
don't raise any grain at all. I don't like to thrash. If I raise four
or five acres of grain it costs me just as much as if I had a lot, and
1: takes me all summer to change work with my neighbors for that
little bit and I quit that.
Judge Rosa:  How much do you get out of your farm?
Mr. Kammer: Oh, I don't know, Somewhere along nearly three
thopsood dollars, all right,

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