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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Thirty-second annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Platteville, Wis., February 10, 11 and 12, 1904. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays and discussions relating to the dairy interests
(1904)

Discussion,   pp. 156-168 PDF (2.8 MB)


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arated en the farm, the skim milk is fed warm and sweet to the 
calves and pigs twice a day, and the creamery paid me within 
a very few cents of $70, call it $70. The cows cost me $30.00 
to keep them. So that at the farm end of this proposition, 
things were so worked that my cows were earning me $40 above 
the cost of their keep. Besides that I made the skim milk 
worth to me from $290 to $25, so that those cows earned me about 
$90 to $95 per cow. Yet when I talked to my neiehbors, some 
of them being men of little faith, not even as much as a mustard 
seed, these men will say to me, "Oh, yes, Hoard, you can do 
this, but I can't." You hear them say, "I can't afford it.."
There is. only one thing such men can afford, and that is pov- 
erty,-poverty not of the pocket alone, but of the brain, poverty 
of the judgment, poverty everywhere. You know if you are 
down at the bottom of a well, you can see the stars in the day- 
time, but what else can you see? You come up a little way 
and you see a little more. You are down in a hollow and your 
horizon is verv limited. Stand up a little higher and you can 
see farther and farther. 
Now, alfalfa is a fine forage plant; in my estimation, the 
most valuable thing that has ever come to Wisconsin, and it has 
come tc stay, I hope. Give me corn ensilage, corn and alfalfa 
and I will solve the problem of successful dairy farming and 
pig raising, and I will beat any man on earth that undertakes 
to do this business without the two. Everything on the farm 
eats it. My six horses I feed only a half ration of grain when 
I feed alfalfa; I cut down from 10 quarts of oats to 8, and they 
hold up in condition and do their work. Let these things make 
together for truth and righteousness on the farm. You know 
I am very fond of quoting the Bible on this proposition, for I 
have discovered that the Bible and I agree a grreat deal better 
when I know more about these things. 
A Member: W-ill alfalfa grow on rich landI 
Ex-Gov. Hoard: The richer the land, the better, but there 
are some things you must look out for. You must not sow it 
where the water table is within fifteen feet of the surface; that 


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