Bulletin Volume 145-169

Bulletin Volume 145-169

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ... successful farmers are raising 34 per cent more stock than the average farmer. Hogs and poultry are not kept on a commercial scale on these farms; a few hogs are kept mostly for family use, and what poultry can be handled without much care. Generally from 100 to 200 hens are profitable in connection with dairy or general farming; more than this number is somewhat questionable unless the operator has had a wide experience with poultry. An animal unit is a mature cow, bull, steer, horse or mule and us many smaller animals as require the feed of a mature animal, namely, 2 head of younK cattle, 5 hotel, 7 sheep or 100 hens. The intensity of the livestock industry is shown by the following figures: Crop acres per productive animal unit 2.72 Crop acres per cow 3.45 Acres of pasture per productive animal unit..1.07 Acres of pasture per cow 1.36 Not as many cows were kept per crop acre as would be expected from trie large net income received by these farmers. It has been said that the dairyman should keep a cow per crop acre, but when the farm as a whole is considered and the diversified interests which go with dairying to fully utilize the farm labor, it is doubtful if the extreme intensity of stocking is any more profitable than the system followed by these farmers. When these SO farms are divided into two groups according to area, the small dairy farm is more intensive, keeping 5 more dairy cows per 100 crop acres. The larger dairy farm has 13.8 per cent greater area in crops and 17.3 per cent more pasture per animal unit. Silos and Silage Twenty-two of the fifty farms had silos, and these had 37 per cent more land in crops, 10 per cent more stock, and produced 19 per cent greater income per cow than the farms which had no silos. These...show more

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  • Paperback | 174 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 322g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236807766
  • 9781236807762