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Calf feeding experiments

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The state of Iowa has within a few years developed dairying in many counties to such an extent that great interest attaches to methods of feeding calves during the first four months of their lives, and until they have reached the age when grains, grasses and fodders will carry them on through the rearing period. Our farmers adopt various methods in calf raising. Special beef producers permit the calf to follow the dam until it is five or six months old, others yard the calves, and admit the cows twice a day. Those who want milk as a feature of profit resort to various methods. Some farmers require one cow to suckle two calves, while they milk the other cow. Others milk the cows, and after the calf has reached a certain age, varying with varying opinions of the proper time to stop feeding new milk, they raise the calf on skim milk, with different grains added. Still others, feed skim milk from the beginning, caring little for the calf, and relying for profit on the milk. What is most economical has not been demonstrated. The state has such great abundance of corn and other grains, such fine grasses and fodders that, the production of beef will always be a leading industry. It is also well settled that, the average farmer can not afford to give all of a cow’s milk for a year, to the raising of her calf, and cows that suckle seldom give milk long after the calf is removed. Our farmers who desire to make milk a profitable feature of the farm are leaning more and more to the belief that the calf must be raised by hand.

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