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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Thirty-first annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Fond du Lac, Wis., February 11, 12 and 13, 1903. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays and discussions relating to the dairy interests
(1903)

Jacobs, E. C.
[Remarks],   pp. 132-139 PDF (1.9 MB)


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roally wished to improve the character of his herd ?  Should ;he 
send to the breeder and ask for the cull of the breed? Would 
it be policy for a first-class breeder to send out a cull from his 
herd even to a dairyman's herd ? 
'Mr. Hill: Certuinlv not. I say only that if a cow has a 
record of 500 pounds of butter a year, and a dairyman could 
get one of her sons with that individuality less marked I would 
use it in preference to the son of a cow that would make 350 
pounda of butter with a good shaped udder. 
Mrs. Howie: You would want him strong and with constitu- 
tion and vigor. 
Mr. Hill: Yes, I now am just referring to the udder. 
Mr. Favill: I was out buying cows onces and'I saw a good 
looking cow that had a real bad-shaped udder, and I didn't buy 
her. I went around, but I -didn't find things as I wanted, and 
I went back and got that cow. Well, the result was I attended 
the North-Western l)airymen's Association twenty-three years 
ago this winter, and I reported that I had a cow that I had 
milked nine thousand pounds of milk from in ten months, with- 
out any special feeding. She had a little grain, but she first 
came in and went out onto grass and ran to grass until she 
dried oiff, and she gave nine thousand pounds of milk. They 
didn't believe me in that convention; they told me to my face 
they didn't believe me, but it was a fact just he same. She was 
a cow with a real bad-shaped udder, but she proved a good one. 
Mr. Hill: A breeder likes to get a sire from a cow that has 
a good-shaped udder and a large one if he can have it, but some 
of the very best records are from cows with bad-ehaped udders. 
Take the Jersey cow Eurotas, that had a very bad-shaped 
udder, and still one.of her sons sold for $12,000, and she made 
over 700 pounds of butter in a year. 
Mr. Tripp: I want to ask a question that I think will inter- 
est many of the farmers in Fond du Lac county, and that is, will 
it pay the ordinary dairyman of this county, or any other, to 
purchase and use a thoroughbred Durham bull-not raising the 
heifer calves I 
Mr. Hill: I believe it is a foolish practice. I know it is 
being carried on, but it is foolish fromn the fact that you are 
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