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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)

Dombrak, Walter
Why a farmer should have his cows tested,   pp. 82-84 PDF (563.5 KB)


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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association.
great many of the farmers don't take care of their cows and feed them
the way they should. I have averaged up two herds of about the same
size and same breed, only one had good care and a good balanced ration,
and the other poor care and judgment in feeding.
Twenty-three cows in a six months' test:
Number pounds of milk .......      ................ 94,804.00
Number pounds of butter fat .......   .............  3,303.51
Value of butter fat ............................... $ 836.40
Cost of roughage ............. ...................  209.09
Cost of grain ................. ..................  101.23
Total cost of feed ..........   ...................  310.32
Net profit .......................................  526.08
Feed used; sllage, 39 lbs.; clover hay, 5 lbs.; ground oats, 6.5 lbs.
Twenty-five cows:
Number pounds of milk ............     ......   100,567.00
Number pounds of butter fat ...................   3,359.38
Value of butter fat ......      .............      $852.24
Cost of roughage .......        ............        288.51
Cost of grain .........                             211.03
Total cost of feed ............ ...................  499.54
Net profit .......................................  352.70
Feed Given: Silage, 35 lbs.; clover hay, 4 lbs.; corn stover, 9 lbs.;
COrn and oats, 4 lbs.; corncob meal, 7 lbs.
Difference in profit $173.38. The dairy farmer with 23 cows and
the better system of breeding made the most profit.
Mr. Dombrak: There are few difficulties that I experience in going
ong the farmers in doing this testing work. Some of them do not
ve the right number of pounds of feed given to their cows a day.
ey think it sounds better to show that their cows are not fed so
high, that it shows a better profit at the end of the month. Then
ain, some of them milk later in the morning and at night, so as
get more milk, making the average pounds of milk more for the
00th. In some cases their reports have not corresponded with the
tory reports, and I have found one of these things Is the reason
hy We have found in organizing these associations, that if men
care very much about going in, it is better not to take them in
all, because after they are in they don't take any real interest in
w Work, and they are the kind that will go around to their neighbors
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