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A Lunch For The Cow

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Ihat tbü growing ot suuinier lodder tor cnttle will bocome a general practice iuuong our farmers we have an unwavering l'üitb. But we would not wish to seo thoiu cominence on a large scalo, even if ttiey could be induced to do so ; but those who owu a cow or two, with o, littlo land, ia farining neighborhoods, in villages, and in tho suburbs of cities, will derive much satisfaotion for theinselves, and more espeoially for the farnily cow, by sowiug n small portion of thcir garden with corn for gummer foddor. They will be astonished at the enorinous aiuount of this luscious food that a sinall piece of land will produce, and it will be even a greater and more agreeable surprise to the cows when, during the long season of failing pastures, each has a good armful of sweet, juicy cornstalks tbrown to her, instead of being turned off to piek up a living where the ground bas boen thoroughly prospectod. Those who are subjected to the task of " going after the cow " at milking timo, will goon find the cow coming regularly and promptly after them if they will adopt the niethod here advised, thu saving the wear and tar of patience as well as of shoe leather. On the scale here recomráended broadcast sowing would perhaps be advisable. Ouly a slight preparatiou of the soil is requisito, and after the seed ia smvn no further labor is needed until it is ready to bo served to the cow. When we have been able to obtain the seed of sorghum, we have given it tbe preference over corn for sunimer fodder. It retains its freshuess later in the season, and the "butt" of the stalks, after being cut, will sprout fresh and luxuriously (when receiving proper encourageinent trom the soil aud atmosphere), and the owner will find that when ho has arrived at the end of his fodder patch, the portion first cut is sending forth h vigorou st-cond growth. Those who judge corn-fodder by thojr experience in feeding the stalks of matuved, ripened corn, do the matter injustice ; for these become glazed, hard and dry during the ripening process, and cattle will only eat the lea ves and tho tops of the stalks ; while that which ig grown more densely produce stalks that are mores slender, and which the cattle oat auite


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Michigan Argus