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The Feeding of Dairy Cattle

Nature volume 110, page 695 (25 November 1922) | Download Citation



In no branch of the art of feeding live-stock does practice tend to follow more closely the advance of nutritional knowledge than in the feeding of the milch-cow. The ease with which output can be measured, and the consequent facility of assessment of food requirements and economic returns, have rendered feasible a systematisation of this branch of feeding practice which is so far ahead of present possibilities in dealing with other classes of live-stock as to justify a specialised literature. The American student of agriculture has been well catered for in this respect in recent years, and the volume under review represents the latest addition to a list already long enough to warrant a critical attitude towards further additions. The justification of its issue does not rest on any appreciable novelty of material or method of presentation, but on the skilful manner in which the author has succeeded in giving in so few pages a thoroughly practical, lucid, and trustworthy survey of the subject, which cannot fail to be most useful to the practical man and practically minded agricultural student, for whom it is intended. The book is divided into five sections, the earlier sections being essentially scientific and leading up to the more detailed exposition of feeding practice, to which the last, and largest, section is devoted. The most recent developments in the science of nutrition receive adequate notice, and their possible bearing upon practice is treated with commendable judgment and restraint. The book worthily fulfils the purpose for which it was intended, and may be cordially commended to progressive dairy-farmers and students in “farm institutes.”

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