Proceedings of the Annual Convention Volume 16

Proceedings of the Annual Convention Volume 16

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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. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...for cows. Good number one upland hay out before harvest, cured properly, not necessarily over cured, we believe is just about equal to timothy, though we have no figures to show on this point as yet. As a third to two-thirds of the roughestpart of the ration for cows in full milk, this hay is the cheapest material in very many parts of the state. The dairy cow as well as a man likes variety to her food and when feeding such a fodder as prairie hay or timothy because cheap, it pays to mix in a little millet, clover, corn fodder, or even straw is relished as a part of the ration once a day at times. But it is a mistake to make prairie hay stand as nearly the whole ration. I observe that good blood in some Red River Valley and Dakota herds is whipped by a poor ration made up mainly by this food. Dairymen reason that they can clear more margins of profit between the product and cost of this poor feed than can be realized by giving more grain so as to flush the system of the cow with a better ration. This reason may hold true for a week or even for a month. Barely possible it will hold true for cows of medium individual or native capacity which have had their milk speed developedwhen young. But for the year, and certainly for the generations of cows bred and reared on a dairy farm this light feeding is a mistake. The young cow needs to have her udder pushed to strong activity by a flush of rich feed thrown into her blood during her first and second periods of lactation. If she reaches maturity with her udder only partly developed her permanent gait, her milk giving size, is established at a lower plane than if she had been pushed from the start. The cows of the 'younger generations which had been raised on the farms mentioned above...show more

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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236741285
  • 9781236741288