Proceedings of the Annual Convention of the Minnesota State Dairyman's Association

Proceedings of the Annual Convention of the Minnesota State Dairyman's Association

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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: ... 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 asa 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 abetter 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 developed when 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 showed less of udder activity, smaller sized udders, than did _ the older cows which had come from districts where rough feeds had been less plentiful and not so nearly without cost or price. The best way sometimes to make money out of a combination of dairy cows and cheap hay' stacks is to allow part of the hay to rot and give more grain. MILLET is...
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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236977688
  • 9781236977687