The Old Time Farm Magazines: Feeding Calves, Hogs, and Reusing Old Shirts

Read articles from old farm magazines that give advice on feeding calves, feeding hogs, and reusing old shirts.

| May/June 1978

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These old-farm magazines give plenty of tips on how to raise livestock and how to homestead.


Reprinted by permission from Successful Farming , copyright 1924, Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

Feeding Calves

Alfalfa hay, shelled corn and skimmilk is the ration George Kibby of Audubon county, Iowa feeds his young calves. He gets forty calves a year from his herd of grade dairy cows.

For the first four days the calves are allowed to run with their dams. Then they are put on whole milk to which a little skimmilk has been added. The amount of skimmilk is gradually increased until at the end of two weeks no more whole milk is fed. Kibby gets them started on shelled corn by throwing a handful of it in the pail of milk. When they have finished the milk, they start in very readily with the corn. Alfalfa hay is kept before them all the time. In spring and summer, when old enough, they get the run of the pasture.

Kibby raises only the heifer calves. During the summer he can get from three to four dollars for bull calves, but he gives them away in winter because there is no market for them at that time. "It does not pay to fatten them for veal," says Kibby "During the six weeks or two months that it takes to fatten them, they should have at least ten quarts of whole milk a day and fifteen quarts would be better. When milk brings me ten cent's a quart, you can see at once that it wouldn't pay me. They could be fed skimmilk, but they will not fatten on that."—W. C. M., Iowa.

Feeding Hogs with Corn

With a good stand of soybeans in the cornfield, is tankage required for most economical gains on hogs? Last year the Iowa experiment station ran fourteen shotes weighing around 143 pounds each for thirty-five days on corn in which there was a good stand of Manchu soybeans. A similar group was fed the same way except for the addition of tankage self-fed.

When corn grain in the field was figured at 61 cents a bushel, soybeans in the corn at 75 cents per acre, and tankage at $65 a ton, it was found that the more economical gains were made by the tankage-fed pigs and the gains per bushel of corn were likewise greater.

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