Annual report: County Agricultural Committee, Winnebago County: November 1, 1939 to October 31, 1940
Dairy program, pp. 5-9 PDF (1.4 MB)
5. ... GR AM - - - J ,Q,,A.,.,l,.,R..,,!.. S .Q G R. . ..........A.......... Winnebago County is basically a dairy county. From dairy cattle and dairy products our farmers receive approximately one-half of their farm income. This fact challenges us to develop as complete and well-balanced a dairy program as possible. Winnebago County is one of the dairy counties that has made outstanding progress in building toward sound dairy improvement. Winnebago's dairy program can be divided into several phases, each to be discussed separately. Age aidh ma' _ ' ~~~~~~~/ -An r.| DAIRY HERD IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION WORK 1940 marked a new era for 17innebago County in the field of Dairy Herd Improvement. With the organization of the Winnebago County Dairy Herd Improvement Cooperative Testing Association, state and national attention has been focused upon its new testing program. Over a year and a half ago, county dairymen began discussing a new plan of testing cavs that would accomplish more than had ever been realized before. A special committee was appointed in January, 1939, and working with Dr. E. E. Heizer, head of the dairy husbandry department of the College of Agriculture, an, the county agentprogressed steadily with their plan for a new and better plan of testing cows for Winnebago County cattle owners. This special planning committee held many meetings and considered various plans of testing. From all these meetings came suggestions that finally took shape and worked into the development of the Winnebago County Dairy Herd Improvement Cooperative Testing Association. Winnebago County claims the distinction of actually putting into operation, the first testing association of its kind in W"isconsin and the United States. Under this new plan of testing, three objectives wore kept in mind. First and foremost was to give dairymen that were testing more and better service; second, to test more finnebago County cows; and, third, to make available to dairymen a plan of testing that was best suited to his needs. These objectives, it is believed, have been realized in the cooperative testing association set up started in Winnebago County, Purpose - This new Dairy Herd Improvement program is designed to meet the needs of all dairymen within the county from the standpoint of service and cost. Organization - This is a non-stock cooperative incorporated under state=w. Its policies are determined by the members, a board of six directors and the county agent. The association maintain, a central laboratory and office for testing all milk samples and calculating of all herd records.
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