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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

Goodrich, C. P.
The farmer's cow,   pp. 72-79 PDF (1.6 MB)

Page 72

Thirty-second Anmnal Report of the 
Convention met at 2 P. M. 
The President in the'chair. 
Q P. Goodrich, Ft. Atkinson. 
The farmer wants the cow that will retiurn to him the great- 
est value of product for a given value of food and labor ex- 
pended on her. The returns may be in milk, a calf or beef, 
all combined, or in one or two of these products, to the exclu- 
sion of the others. Sentiment finds no place in the farmer's 
mind in connection with keeping cows. It is profit he is after, 
and nothing else. 
In tihis, the farmer's cow differs, somewhat, from the fam- 
ily cow. The family cow is a single onme owned by some one 
living in a small town. Besides furnishing rich milk and 
cream nearly the whole year round, she is the pot of the fam- 
ilv. The wife and girls, and even the boys, have an affection 
for her and pet her. She is fed from the hand dainty morsels 
consisting of crusts of bread, and the girls will even slyly slip 
off with a piece of cake for "Bossie." This cow may not be 
a very profitable one, but the family all love her and value her 
highly. s 
The farmer, if he is wise, will not buy a cow that has been 
a family cow in town for any considerable length of time. 
When the farmer gets her to his farm, she will be homesick, 
vill miss the petting and dainty morsels and mourn for months 
for the "family' from which she has been separated. She 

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