The American Farmer; Devoted to Agriculture, Horticulture and Rural Life Volume 5, No. 4

The American Farmer; Devoted to Agriculture, Horticulture and Rural Life Volume 5, No. 4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ...at a very slight additional expense. In order to save all the liquid as well as solid droppings, concrete bottom under the cows may be made at a small expense. Boards may be laid lengthwise. of the stable on this concrete for the cows to stand upon. These boards will last until they wear out. and are easily replaced. In ten years it would cost more to replace rotten sills than it would to build a concrete wall. It is more convenient that the cow's head should be turned to the feeding floor. A basement may easily be put under a barn already built. The barn may be raised to the desired height, and blocked up level, then take 3x4 scantlings, set them perpendicularly under the centre of the sill, and build the concrete around them. It is an entirely air-tight wall which any farmer can build for himself, if he knows how to make mortar. He spoke decidedly in favor of the octagon form of barn, as it admitted a self-supporting roof, of the strongest form conceivable. The interior purlin posts are dispensed with. Only two floor beams are necessary, for the purpose of sustaining a scaffold so as to fill the space over the floi-r. It requires much less lumber to build this sort of barn. Many of the beams are dispensed with. The roof is as expensive as that of any other barn. All the hay being put in one bay, it is not necessary to change the location of the horse fork during the season. There is much saving in labor. It is adapted to every farmer's wants, because it can be built any size desired, adapting itself to any sized farm, requiring only 35 feet timber for a barn 80 feet in diameter. The practice of watering cows in the stable is more economical than any other. When watered at a common trough, the stronger drive away the weaker, and there is...show more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236533372
  • 9781236533371