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("N.Z. Herald.") A great deal of interest was taken m the month of December last m the construction of an ensilage stack by Mr F Lnwry, M. 8.R.. on the property of Mr James Dil worth, fituated near the fiemuera saleyards. A great deal of speculation was indu'ged ia as to what would be the result of a matter looked upon as being of an experimental oharaoter. Of course, the whole principle of successfully making ensilage has gone far beyond the stage of experiment, but it haa never been tried on a large scale m tha neighborhood of Auokland. The grass for the ensilage stack now under consideration grew on an old paddock whioh . has been over thirty years m grass. Tha . herbage waa mostly ryegrass and white clover, and was a very heavy crop. The I area cut for the purpose was about 12 acres. This was put m a stack about 20 ' by 14, and when pressed stood about 10 feet high from the ground to the eaves. One of B unt's patent preesaƟ was used, and during the time th 9 6tack waa being made the press was applied at regular intervals, although at one time sufficient weights were not suspended from the levers, and the temperature rose about 10 degre s too high, or J45 instead of 135 Fahr. vvhm tie stuck was- completed, and i he press adjusted to i s full pressing copsciiy, ihe a' aek waa roifed with hay and thatched m the usual manner. Last week the stack was opened, and at firat the result was somewhat disappointing, as the ensilage next the roof waa quite " black, aud m some places resembled a mass of llquorioe ; but when the outside cut was taken down about half-way, it assumed a brownish green, almost the color of green tea, and emitted an aroma very similar to finely cured tobacoo, At first the dairy cows to whioh it waa given would not touch it, but they are beginning to like it, and some are -eating it raven* ously. Mr Lawry brought a sample of it to our office, having previously shown it to Mr Henry Reynolds, late manager of the Walkato Laud Association, who pronounced it to be beyond comparison the best he has Been made from meadow grass. Mr fiobert Bent and others were equally i satisfied with it. 3 here has not been sufficient time to ascertain what its effect will be m produoing miik, but a fair test will be made, and we have no doubt Mr Lawry will furnish us with the result for , publication. A sample of the ensilage ii to be found at our publishing office, where it can be inspected by those who take an interest m what will Boon become an important factor m dairy operations ia this colony,

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ENSILAGE IN AUCKLAND., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2117, 24 April 1889

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ENSILAGE IN AUCKLAND. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2117, 24 April 1889