Schoenman, Adolph / Milk testing : instructions for testing milk and dividing money for creameries, cheese factories and dairymen
Part I. Application of the test, p.  PDF (148.1 KB)
PART I. APPLICATION OF THE TEST. i. Reasons why Dairymen Should Apply the Babcock Test to Their Cows. Farmer Jones is the owner of three cows; his favorite cow is Bess, a fine large cow which gives a large yield of milk. While Bell is a puny look- ing animal with only a moderate milk yield. "Daisy," he says, "will have to be sold. She gives only about three fourths as much milk as Bess and eats just as much food." He had formed an opinion of each cow, judging only from quantity (as most dairymen do), while quality was not considered. The cheese maker (who owned a test), had on sev- eral occasions heard of Farmer Jones'Bess and her large milk yields. So, one fine day, he went down to test her, and also the other two, and obtained the follow- ing result: Butter Fat. Bess - Daily yield, 32 pounds milk. Test, 2.8% = .896 pounds. Bell- " " 25 ' " 4.°X= 1.00 Daisy- " 22 " 4.6%= 1.012 Farmer Jones: Here is the result of the test of your three cows. Daisy is your best cow, yielding 1.012 pounds of butter fat per day. Bell comes next, with a record of one pound of but- ter fat, while Bess, your brag cow, brings up the rear with a record of .896 pounds of butter fat.
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