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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 139

Mr. Evert--Do   ot you think that   Question-HOW do YOU    cover Yauw
gei        o Is  as profit to feed to be et silo?c
Cattle  as  to  dairy  cattle?       Mr. Hays-we   cover ou rs ith itb oard
Mr. Hsy'__YeS, more  profitable. You  We  feit  vr  full  then  lthe   it
wol have seen the sher riff around over night. Then - coer ie Wite
there long ago iw' i hadn't been for boards and weight it With stones. We
lae loug can inot    make baby beef could probably cover with straw, but
steme 900 pounds, a little less than a l we have  not room enough.
year old, On dry feed.                 A Member-I have been usingh  s lo
A Member-Isn't it best to make beef for nearly ten years, and I have ex-
And finish them when they are about perimented With several different wa
two y       ears a nd three months old, and of covering my silo; the best
on       the average farm make as much I have ever had was to put on about
moneh    s to feed them early?      three inches of very fine straw and
Mr. Hays-probably it will pay bet- paper, and weight it down thoroughly.
ter for some men but not for me. You I hv hav  it so that we  have only
see our land is worth $n  an acre.   had a half an inch of spoiled ensilage.
The Meber-urs is worth   $100.   The Chairman-Mr. Hays, you speak
Mr. Thor-Msr. Hays, do you feed of a stone silo, built, I suppose, with
lambs ensilage, and If so, is it profit- an air space.  Does that give you
able?                            good satisfaction  as a wooden  silo
lr. Hays-Yes, I don't think you would?
could feed lambs without it unless  Mr. Hays-I had a wooden one and
you  had roots.                    it has been a constant expense to me.
Question-Is it best to feed more I had to keep repairing it, and I finally
than three times  ; day?          got it lathed and plastered. We were
Mr. Hays-If I could have just my troubled with that because our fork
own way I would prefer to feed them would go right through it when we
twice a day and bed them good, and I were throwing out the silage.
don't want a  man  to go in the stable  The Chairman-Is this stone wail
or to look at them; let them just go strong enough to hold your silage?
and lie down, and not take much exer-  Mr. Haysh, there is a frame
cise. I don't want them out roaming around  it. My silo was built on the
around through the fields, if they are outside of the barn, a separate build-
to get a good growth.               ing entirely. I built up a frame on the
t r. Thorp-Can't you get calves to stone wall foundation, the same as
eat a good deal more skim milk  by you would for a building. It is boarded
feeding them three times a day than on the inside next to the wall with
two?                              rough boards, and then this wall  s
r. H ys-I thcontinued right up. Now, in building a
Mr. Thorp-I find there are a great silo that way, let me caution you. You
nn in the state who are prejudiced take a three-eighths   rod and make a
against feeding ensilage to lambs or hook, fastening it every six or eight
sheep, and I know that Mr. Hays has feet I know of a silo that was built
been successful with them, as well as this season, built very high and rather
with cattle.                        a light wall, and  they did not tie It
Mr. Hays-I will tell you one thing together well at the top, so the whole
about Hlage. You don't want to get thing has spread out. You must have
it too dry for sheep. I would cut it a good frame and a good foundation.
a little bit greener for sheep than cat- The Chairman-YOur stone  silo is
tie, and cut it pretty fine. It wouldn'tpractically a   perfect cistern?
hurt if it got a little sour, if you will  Mr. Hays-Yes, plumb from top to
feed dry food with It. I would not bottom, and it will last as long a you
feed ensilage  together, nywant to keep a roof over it. It has
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