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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

Rosa, Charles D.
American cow registry,   pp. 35-44 PDF (2.2 MB)

Page 35

Wisconsin Dairymen's Association.
The business of a dairy cow is a great deal more than most of us
think of; her work is tremendous; she not only works in the day-
time, but at night. She works every day In the week. She is work-
ing 365 days in the year and from ten to fifteen years of her life,
so we are asking a great deal of a dairy cow, more than any other
animal on the farm, and she must be well taken care of. In our
northern country, where we have long severe winters, we must keep
her comfortable. As I go through the country, it seems as though
men delighted in making it impossible for their cows to do real,
honest work for them because of the conditions surrounding them.
They don't furnish water sufficient or of the right temperature; they
don't furnish barns having the necessary sunlight, warmth and venti-
lation. When we have plenty of good air in the cow barn, it makes
our cows feel good; it makes them enjoy their meals. All living
things enjoy God's pure air. When you boys go back to the farms
see that the old barns are made happy homes for the cows, because
they can't do honest work unless they have happy homes.
Pretty soon you boys will judge cattle.
(Instructions were then given in scoring and marking of papers.)
At 10 o'clock the main meeting convened.
President Griswold in the chair.
We have met here as an Association of Dairymen of a great state
to discuss the problems of our business and to speak the word that
shall be mutually helpful. There is no need in a body such as this
one to make the statement that the dairy cow is one of our nation's
greatest assets. It is one of the truisms of our business. Neither
is it necessary to prove that Wisconsin is a great dairy state, for it
is well known that in Wisconsin alone there are nearly one and one-
half millions of dairy cows. On the back of the pamphlet that con-
tains our program, it is stated that the value of the dairy products
of Wisconsin is now annually eighty millions of dollars. If this be
true, and I have no doubt of the substantial accuracy of the state-
ment, then those million and a half of dairy cows must annually have
turned nearly their own value in grass and grain and roughage into
some of the bset articles of human food.
I take It that this body  can discuss no more important subject
than whether this transforming of the rough produce of our farms into
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