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Southern Wisconsin Cheesemakers' and Dairymen's Association / Proceedings of the tenth annual meeting of the Southern Wisconsin Cheesemakers' and Dairymen's Association held at Monroe, Wisconsin, Thurs. and Fri., January 27 and 28, 1910
(1910)

Davis, Dallas E.
Winter dairying compared with summer dairying,   pp. 63-69 PDF (1.6 MB)


Page 64


NTlNTII ANNUAL CONVENTION
1. Soil Flusbandry", because we must raise the feed from
which the milk in; pro(luce(l.
2. Animai Husblandarv", because we as dairymen must
raise the cows from which the milk is taken.
3. *The Business End", which comprises the keeping of
accuirate aaccounts of all details of the hlllsiness.  This is
where mnatv farmers fail, an(l unless this part is more closely
looked after than it has been in the past by dairyinan the
chiance> for makingr the nlost of the business are gone.
In disclussing this subject all the argument and data
bring us eventually back to the land. How much profit are
we mnakin, out of our farms? So here we are with our
farms and farm equippmnent. Here are our dairy cows wait-
ing to be fed and milked. offering us an opportunity to
establish a market for all our produce without hauling a
potln(l of stuff off the farm and giving us a chance to retain
the maximum amount of fertility on the land.
Shall we sell her feed in the summer for her milk or
sell her feed in the winter largely for her milk?
In grathering data and making inquiries concerning
summln er milking I have found this to be generally true:
Men who milk in the summer alone and dry their cows
with the closing of the local cheese factories in order that
he mav cheaper winter them. Make the millk a side issue
and imlak their money, if anv, some other way.
Intensive summer farming can be made very profitable
only by a well devised soiling system, for at least two acres
of land, on the average farm, is required for each cow for
pasture (luring the months when she can make her living
in the pasture and with only two acres of land something
must be added during the hot, dry months which usually
occur in southern Wisconsin.
Thruout this section of the County where land is high
men have adopted a partial soiling system with very good
results. Cows freshening in the spring usually attain their
highest flow during the month of June, on good pasture,
but from that time they have a tendency to decrease in their
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