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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)

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Wisconsin Dairymens Association.
A Member: Didn't you have trouble curing it?
Mr. Kammer: Yes, awful, but I had hay caps. I set it up in
pretty good piles and throwed them over, and it snowed and rained on it
and everything else, but it never affected it any. It was quite green
when I hauled it in. I stored it in the barn and fed it off all right.
A Member. Do you save your hay under hay caps?
Mr. Kammer: All my alfalfa. You wouldn't think that a little
piece of cloth would save a pile of hay that way. Mine are a little
too small.
A Member: Don't the rain go through them?
Mr. Kammer: No. The last crop of alfalfa I made, we had an
awfully heavy rain and it came out perfectly dry and nice. Some
of it that didn't have any caps came out pretty well soaked.
A Member: How did you leave it lying under those caps?
Mr. Kammer: It is according to the weather. It it is good weather
three or four days is enough. Just turn it over and haul in.
A Member: After you turn it over you don't need the hay caps again?
Mr. Kammer: No, I haul it in as fast as I turn it over. If the sun
dries It off too much the leaves fall off. I like to get it when it is a
little moist, soft, like. You can cure alfalfa hay a great deal easier
than you can clover, I always think.
A Member: Did you ever have any trouble keeping your silage in
the summer?
Mr. Kammer: No, never had any trouble.
Mr. Glover: We have the young men who were fortunate enough
to win in the Cow Judging Contest. We are all well pleased with
the way the boys took hold of this work and we would like to have
these young men step forward so this crowd can see them, and we
shall be glad to remember them in a more substantial way when our
treasurer gets home. I wish on behalf of the Wisconsin Dairymen's
Association to congratulate you all.
A Member: Are these practical farm boys?
Mr. Glover: The boy that won first is a farm boy.
Now, we want the men in the aged judging contest to come forward.
Mr. Nelson is first and we would like a speech from him.
Mr. Nelson:  I just put the cows down, that was all. I couldn't
make a speech.
Mr. Scribner: What were your reasons for placing the first cow
first? Why did you think she was a better cow than any other cow
in that ring?
Mr. Nelson: Because her physical development showed her strong
constitution. She had a large barrel to hold and assimilate her feed
and she had a good head, good countenance, broad muzzle, bright eye,

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