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Description: Silos Pay Alabama Dairymen Big Profits - Mrs. F. J. Hagan, L. C. YoungDate: May 8 1919
Newspaper published in: Guntersville, AL
Source: Madison Co. Library, Huntsville, AL
Page/Column: Page 3, Column 4
SILOS PAY ALABAMA DAIRYMEN BIG PROFITS
By J. P. Quinerly, Dairy Specialist
Prepared by Extension Services, Auburn, Ala.
No dairyman can afford to be without a silo, according to reports from men using them in all parts of Alabama. The silo supplies succulent roughage in cheap abundance throughout the winter and at other seasons when pastures are short. When dairy cows are fed silage they produce as though they were on pasture and keep in the same healthy, thrifty condition characteristic of grazing animals.
“After feeding silage three winters, I feel that I would not attempt to keep cattle without a silo. The first cost of a silo is nothing compared with the subsequent saving of other rough feed. . . . I am planning to build another concrete silo this fall. With the help of my present silo I am making my 211 acre carry 105 head of Jerseys—something impossible, otherwise. Like you, I want to see a silo on every farm where cattle are kept in Alabama.
MRS. FRANCIS J. HAGAN, Montgomery, Ala.”
“I am using my concrete silo the second year and am more pleased with results. I not only think silage the greatest winter feed, but there are times in summer when it is needed just as much as in winter. I prefer a light feed during the summer until silage comes again.
L. C. YOUNG, Montgomery, Ala.”
The home-made wood-hoop silo is easily and cheaply built and is recommended in most cases unless concrete is preferred. Concrete silos are more expensive, but last longer that other types of silos.
In most cases Texas Seeded Ribbon cane should be used to fill the silos because it gives much more tonnage than corn. On land that will yield 40 to 50 or more bushels of corn per acre, corn is preferable.
If you are milking cows and haven’t a silo, talk the matter over with your county agent or write the Extension Service. We believe you need one, and are in position to intelligently advise you about silos and silage.