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Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes / Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes : a hand-book of agriculture
Bulletin No. 11 (1897)

Hays, John W.
Baby beef and silage,   pp. 135-141 PDF (1.9 MB)

Page 137

DISC''IION.                          137
We   has   followed enother co   oe for your calves until you put them on
With larger profits. We have always full feed?
made a practice of buying what young  Mr. Hays-We don't feed them very
stock we could at a reasonable price  heavy; we commence  with mmiai ra-
turning them into pasture and feeding tions. There are  more calves hurt
the following winter, selling them at with overfeeding than underfeeding.
two years   of age or less. We now estimate sixteen pounds a day.
have fourteen head that cost us on an  A Member-Do you   consider Stow-
average about $15. They will weigh eirs Evergreen sweet corn good corn
Jy the first of April 1,100 pounds each, for the silo?
which will leave us a good profit upon  Mr. Hays-No, there Is too much
a small expenditure.              sugar in It; it will develop too much
acid. Dent corn is all right.
Question-How is your silo built'
The Silo Necessary for Suces.      Mr. Hays-It is a stone silo, built in
The person who is going to mk a 1882. My barneis a osement barn, a
business of cattle feeding should  fol- ten-foot basement. I dug down in
low It right through, feeding every ground level with the floor and put up
year. We will strike bad years in this We wall the same as if I were going
business, as well as in other lines, put up a building, a two foot wall,
There is plenty of Opportunity to learn and I put a frame on that wall, a
mor eah yar.Thogh  hae 11-Inch frame. I had   eighteen  inches
morabe, echyar.o Thoughb Iursue fol-combinewall  makinsid  of bee! with It
lowed this business for the last fortyfoa wall on     dof krem   and s
years, upon a. somewhat small scal', I continued the walirights to'the top
find that I chaveapot to learnyetndthe silo, twenty feet; then I plastered
fndothatg thave ltsi tok lher ylaeof well wirth  ae   eengo       n
There are very many little details of smoth.   w      goin         and
the work that can  only be learnedst   oh.
through  practical experience, and it  Mr. Hyatt-Nearly every atrmer in
takes time to learn them.    We of Sheboygan county is a dairyman, but
southeastern Wisconsin, where land is a great many of them wouid like to
valuable, cannot profitably pursue the combine the making of beef with it.
methods in use among those living What would you do; keep two sets of
uponthe heapwestrn  lands. T n cows; one to raise heif er for the dairy
mAke ouerbusesspay       mn st Tfcr*o and another set to raise beef?
makeyour business pay wemustprais    The Cfrirglfman-  think we had bet-
tice rigid economy. The great thing ter refer that question to Captain Ar-
to cheap feed, end as to this there Is
nothing that will take the place of nold first.
good ensilage. Nothing will pay bet-  Mr. Arnold-I would say that if Mr.
ter than  P. sell constructed bilo and Hyatt is going to be a dairyman he
goodcornstilae  This mis the cheapesthad better be a dairyman.
feed wonslg.Ti ste chanprase,        Mr. Wyatt-Now we can't get the
fedfor roughage that wcariscows all milked.
and of the very best for makirgd Mo                                ot
beef; in fact, without silage we might gnr.arpol  o    ael   are kind  of
as well abandon this business,       o   r general-Purpose fel Mare You?
better have a general Purpose cow.
DISCUSSION.        The woods are full of that kind of The cow that will do, fairlV
A Member-What kind of corn do well at the milk pail and will produce
you raise for silage?               a good calf that will make a good steer,
Xr. Hay&_-COr that will raise ears; is a profitable animal for that kind
the more ears the better.           farmer, but you cannot make aL good
Question-How much milk and the steer from a good milking breed.
amount of Increase per week have you  Mr. Hyatt--Our butchers say that
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