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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)

Woll, F. W.
The Wisconsin Cow Competition,   pp. 19-26 PDF (1.8 MB)


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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association.
along strictly dairy lines that results are obtained like those of Caro-
line Paul Parthenea.
The best you can do if you are a dairy farmer is to take advantage
of the possibilities for a large dairy production that have been bred
into individuals of the great families of dairy cows and buy the best
bull you can afford. You will get ahead faster in the dairy business
that way, whether you are a dairy farmer or a breeder of dairy cattle,
than by any other practical method. Only by taking advantage of what
others have built up In the direction of capacity for dairy production,
and by breeding to the best and then giving the cows the best care
and feeding them liberally can success be reached in the management
of the dairy herd.
I have spoken at some length of Caroline Paul Parthenea's record
of production in the Wisconsin Dairy Cow Competition, but "there
are others," as the saying goes. Of the 275 yearly records now com-
pleted, only 20 came below 300 pounds of butter fat, 77 came between
300 and 400 pounds, 101 between 400 and 500 pounds, 50 between 500
and 600 pounds, 16 between 600 and 700 pounds, 5 between 700 and
800 pounds and one over 800 pounds, the average production of butter
fat being, as already stated, nearly 450 pounds, equivalent to over 520
pounds of commercial butter, or about 1% pounds for every day in
the year.
The next to the largest credit for production of butter fat for the
year, so far obtained, is that of the grade Guernsey Bessie, owned by
R. W. Rowlands of Waukesha. Her production was as follows: 12195
pounds of milk, 1755 pounds of milk solids and 659.3 pounds of butter
fat.  As a junior three-year-old she is allowed a handicap of 18%
under the rules governing the competition and she therefore received
credit for a production of 777.9 pounds of butter fat, equivalent to over
900 pounds of ordinary butter. The feed eaten by the cow during the
year was as follows: 1521 pounds wheat bran, 380 pounds Ajax flakes,
201 pounds gluten feed, 479 pounds middlings, 21) pounds ground oats;
229 pounds corn meal, 205 pounds oil meal, 118 pounds Victor feed,
7723 pounds silage, 310 pounds green corn, 1398 pounds alfalfa hay
and 661 pounds clover hay, all of which is worth, according to average
market prices, $75.32. Her production of butter fat, on the other hand,
was worth $184.60, and the skim milk available for feeding of young
stock, $19.51, or a total of $204.11, leaving a net return of $128.79, if
we figure that the manure paid for the care of the cow. Here again,
as with the Holstein record cow, we note that the heavy producing
cow was also a most economical producer, contrary to the opinion of
pome farmers who do not take the trouble to look carefully into the
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