On Ensilage of Green Forage Crops in Silos; Experience with Ensilage at Echo Dale Farm, Also the Practical Experience of Twenty-Five Practical Farmers
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. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...pressure, say a foot and a half of stones. Ques.--When you first began to feed your stock with ensilage, did your cattle like it? Did they eat it as though they were hungry for it? Ans.--My man said they acted like a hungry boy eating pie. They will eat this in preference to hay. Ques.--Did your milch cows, when you first fed them with ensilage, eat it as well as young cattle? Ans.--It makes no difference what kind of stock, --cows or young cattle. Ques.--What quantity of ensilage do you consider will keep a cow six months, or through the season for feeding? Ans.--I should say, five or six tons of corn-fodder, but two less of rowen or early-cut grass. Ques.--What is the general appearance of cattle fed upon ensilage? Ans.--Cattle look healthy and sleek. My cows have roots, and a full pint dish of cotton-seed meal. They seem more contented, and look better than usual. Ques.--In regard to the success of ensilage, or the preserving of our green crops for fodder for our stock, in what way is it going to be of great benefit, profit, or saving, to our farmers? Ans.--In the first place, he can soon double his stock, and, in the second place, employ less help, --making a double profit. Suggestions.--I would not let corn-fodder wilt. Should prefer a dry day; but should, after I began, work any day that was fitting for man to work. If my field-corn fodder was a little dry, should mix it with my fodder corn. Almost any land will grow winter rye: ensilage this, and put the manure on the fodder com. Any ground will raise a good crop of fodder-corn. The manure made from this, put on the next crop of rye. It will increase that crop, and leave the ground in a condition to grow a good crop of fodder-corn without any more manure. A farmer can put in his.
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