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Late Grazing

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In season when the grasa grows too fast for the animáis to keep pace with it, the grazing of meadows is uneven and thero are patches gnawed down bare and others which are practieally nntouched, and animáis rarely do well nnder these circumstances, for they are in the position of having a large supply of food by them, the greater part of which is both nnpalatable and innutritious, because as the grasses become overrnature the soluble feeding ingredients are converted into insoluble and indigestible woody fiber. Tliat there is a greater qnantity of indigestible matter in old grass is shown by the increased size of the droppings late in the season, as compared with those evacuated when the grass is younger and more nutritious, more food having to be taken in when it is old and tough to supply the necessary nutrition. It is a significant fact that no matter how good the grass may be in the later summer months, it is rarely equal in feeding properties to spring grass, and in the event of a very wet period coming, as it sometimes does, the quality of the grass deteriorates in proportion to the rapidity of its growth, and extra food is necessary to produce the improvement in the condition of the animáis which is desired. The most approved form in which to supply the additional food has to be regulated by circumstances, although it is often treated in a very haphazard manner. Linseed cake stands with regard to cattlo much in the same category as dung to huid; it is safe, and unless placed in very inexperienced hands, rarely does injury, and some benefit is visible on almost all occasions; it is, in fact, the food which may be looked upon as the best all round one, but it is quite possible that in particular cases it is not the one which would give the best result. In cases of scour, when animáis are in the yards, the bowela may often be brought to a healthy condition by withdrawing the supply of linseed cake, thus showing that the cake is either the cause or parüal cause of the disturbance. If the linsecj cake affects the animáis in this way when they are in the fattening sheds, it is only reasonable to suppose that it Ehould not be altogether free from the imputation in the ñeld, and ! when the bowels are in too loóse condition from the oversncculence of grass, it is quite conceivable that it would be wiser to give the animáis their concentrated additional food in 6ome other ; form. Cotton cake is known to produce costiveness if given in too large quantities, and it acts as a corrective when the food has been of too laxativo a nature; but it is too nitrogenous in its constitution to be given alone, therefore it should be given in connection with something which supplies more fattening properties. In the early portion of the grazing season, when the grasses contain a considerable quantity of carbonaceous matter, nothing is better than an admixture with an equal quantity of linseed cake; but later in the season, when the starchy matter has become destroyed, or rather con verted into woody fiber, it is better to give additional starchy food, and a misture coinposed of equal parts of linseed cake, cotton cake and grittled maize will be f ound to give the best results.


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