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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Fortieth annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Beloit, Wis., November, 1911. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays and discussions relating to the dairy interests
(1912)

Halverson, Theo.
Impressions of a cow tester,   pp. 85-86 PDF (401.1 KB)


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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association.
I will relate a little incident of two of the farmers on the route last
winter. They both had fairly good dairy cows. One was feeding grain
and the other was not. I asked the latter why he did not feed grain.
Ile answered, "It costs too much to feed grain."
Now I will show you as I showed him the figures for these two herds
for the month of February. ThI former was feeding ensilage, timothy
hay and one pound of grain to every three pounds of average testing
milk. The latter was feeding ensilage, timothy hay and no grain. It
cost the former 60.6 cents to produce one hundred pounds of milk
and 12 cents to produce one pound of butter fat, while it cost the latter
91 cents to produce 100 pounds of milk, and 29 cents per pound butter
fat. In addition to this the man's cows that were getting grain were
in fairly good condition and were holding a good flow of milk, while
those that were not getting the grain were losing in both milk and
in flesh. They gave as good a flow of milk as long as the excess body
tissues would supply them, but when those began to give way, the
milk decreased and very fast.  The man who was not feeding grain
thought that when he had a silo he did not need to feed any grain.
Some of the most progressive dairymen on my route are putting
water into their barns so that their cows do not have to be exposed to
the cold even to get their water, which is an essential thing if the
cattle are going to give the best returns for the money invested and
the feed given them.
The worst trouble I find Is to get the men to feed a balanced ration.
They want to get the balanced ration, but don't want to use them.
One man last year used the balanced ration who had not used it the
year before, and he increased the butter fat from his herd sixty pounds
per head with the same herd with the addition of a few heifers.
IMPRESSIONS OF A COW TESTER.
THEO. HALVERSON, 0MR, *WaS.
Fellow Testers:-As I have been in this work only a few months it
will hardly be right for me to contrast the best herd with the poorest
as we had planned. It will be enough to state that the only man; who
has had the testing work done before, has the best producing herd so
far. I do not think I have anything new to say but some of the things
have been brought home clearly to me. One of the things is this: I
believe pasture is profitable, on high priced lands in small tracts only.
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