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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

Andreassen, S. K.
Bloomer and Eagle Point Cow Testing Association,   pp. 84-85 PDF (379.3 KB)

Page 84

Fortieth Annual Report of the
and say, "By Jinks, it Is no good at all. You are throwing away your
Mr. Dougan: It should be impressed upon the farmers for whom
these young men are testing cows that it Is to the Interest of the
farmers to keep these books, these data, accurately, and that the
young men are to do their part accurately and secretly. If the farmer
does not report properly and know the importance of doing so, he does
not know anything about the principles of a cow testing association.
The young men want to impress upon the farmer, "This is your test,
these are your cows, you want to get just as accurate a record as you
can, and if you vary one way or the other from the facts, at the end
of the year your record does not mean anything at all, and you have
wasted your money in having it made." I would specially urge upon
the testers absolute secrecy, and upon the farmers absolute honesty.
The Chairman: It is all right to have the tester do all he can,
but the farmer must do a lot of personal work. He must look out for
the health and the feeding of the cows; he must be back of every one
of his cows if he is going to get the best results. We have other
testers here and we will hear from them.
This association is now in its third year of existence. Most of the
members that were with the association when it was organized are
still members of It.
The methods I use to Increase the profits in dairying are as follows:
(1) By keeping only dairy cows and not trying to make a beef cOd
do the work of a dairy cow.
(2) I try to impress on each herdsman the need of studying his
cattle so he can tell me some new thing about his herd every timle I
set there.
(3) When they get a bull to head their herds get a good one and
pay a good price for him rather than to get an Inferior one at a low

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