Holstein Cattle and Dairy Barns, Minnesota

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This shows one of the developments of modern farming. A dairy barn such as this is a thing of the last quarter of a century. In the Middle Ages such a building would have served as a castle. Today in the United States it is a cattle barn. But it is an unusually fine one, even for our country. The two round buildings at the end of the barn are silos. Here is stored the silage for winter feeding. In addition to the silage, dairy owners these days feed their cows other foods such as meal made from cotton seeds after the oil has been pressed out. The outer covering of wheat grains, removed in making flour and known as bran, is also much used in feeding dairy cattle. Where such foods are used the manure from the dairy barns is very rich and when applied to the land makes it fertile and productive. The potato harvesting scene No. 166-was made on this farm. The cows are a fit breed for such a fine establishment. They are Holstein-Friesians. Their ancestors came from the eastern shores of the North Sea, where dairying has been carried or for centuries. They were introduced into our country about 50 years ago. The breed is a good general purpose type of cattle. The cows produce a great quantity of milk, which, however, is not so rich in butter fat as the milk of Jerseys. They are a good beef cattle as well as good milkers. They thrive best in level countries to which they have always been accustomed. In color they are mottled or striped with black and white. They are strong, healthy cattle, and are especially liked in the great dairying districts northwest of Chicago. Which states lead in the dairying business? For what are the Holstein-Friesians Keystone ID: 16708 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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