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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

[Inquiry about Durham cows],   pp. 46-58 PDF (3.2 MB)

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46          lTirty-first AnnuAl Report of the 
in favor of ensilage, then in our case $4.08 out of the $18.52 
gain per cow should be credited to ensilage and $14.44 to "the 
man behind the cow." 
So I hope that none of you here who have had small returns 
per cow will entertain the idea that all you have to do, to get as 
large returns as these men who fed ensilage, is to build a silo 
A silo will no doubt help some, but something else is needed. 
I took the statements of 12 patrons of a cheese factory. This 
factory made cheese the year round, and paid for milk by test 
and these 12 were nearly all that had patronized the factory 
the whole 12 months. 
These patrons had 172 cows. The average eost of feed per 
cow was $29.60; average returns from factory for milk, $34.20; 
average pounds of milk per cow, 3,835; average price of milk 
88.2 cents per 100 pounds; average profit per cow, $4.40. 
There are many persons who wish to know whether it is more 
profitable to patronize a creamery or a cheese factory. It will 
be seen that the average price of milk at the creamery was 85.2 
cents per 100 pounds, while at the cheese factory it was 3 cents 
more. This statement ig a little misleading, for the milk re- 
ceived at the cheese factory did not average so high in test as 
that received at the creamery. Four per cent. milk at the 
creamery averaged 84 cents and at the cheese factory 92 cents. 
Possibly this 8 cents may make up for the difference in value 
between skim milk and whey. At all events you have the facts 
as I found them. 
A Member: I would infer from Mr. Goodrich's paper that 
Durham cows were not much good. 
Mr. Goodrich: You get the facts just as I found them and 
that is all I have to Say. I had no previously conceived notions 
to bolster up. I went out hunting for facts, I  too} the my 

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