Annual report, 1939: St. Croix Co. Agricultural Agent
Dairy cattle improvement, pp. 7-8 PDF (879.7 KB)
iIR- CTT)LE- UD"POEME Our three active cow testing associations have been providing ,curate information to eighty herd-owners in the county. Keeping i active record of butterfat production of each cow is the only iy of determining profitable cows to keep in the herd. It is i the strength of these known productions that we have been able ) provide farmers from time to time as to the type of herd sire buy so that his herd might be improved above his present pro- iction. During the past few years we have been gradually lower- 'Lg the quality of our herds in the county in general. We have t every opportunity tried to bring this to the attention of our armers and to encourage them as individuals and as groups to take ac necessary steps to re-establish some of the fine herds we once l d. Because of the delay of our State Legislature to make the lcessary appropriations for Bangs Eradication work, we have not 3en fit to push the Bang's Eradication in St. Croix County this ast year. We have - at the present time - no assurance as to when ur county can be area tested providing 75 % of the herd owners a the county so desire. We hope that sufficient funds will be ade available in the very near future so that St. Croix County, s well as other counties that desire the test, may do so. At the resent time, there are about a dozen counties in the state that ave already been Bang's tested and are enjoying the benefits that o with an area test. As a result of a lot of hard work put in by one of our testers, dolph Hornig, two cooperative Bull Rings have been formed this ast year. One is a ring consisting of four farmers who own Jersey erds - Jenson Bros., River Falls; Bill Jonsin, River Falls; alter Karnos, Spring Valley; and Vim. Heebink, Baldwin. They have rganized a cooperative bull ring and have purchased four young ulls to be.used in the~se four herds. Each farmer will use a bull or one year and then the bull will be switched to another herd nd rotated once each year. The four Guernsey breeders - Bernard asaw, Hudson; Enmmet Jensen, River Falls; Newton Pearson, River alls; and Ralph Katner, Hudson have organized and have already urchased two of their bulls. As a result of this type of herd ire service - combined with a sound testing program - these farmers ill be able to find out which of the herd sires are satisfactory nd can use them in building the fine herds that they wish. Because there has been a considerable kick-back from the 'esults farmers are getting from using bulls loaned to farmers by ome truckers and others, the Baldwin Bull Association was formed. 'his Association has been sponsored by the Farmers Cooperative roduce Association of Baldwin, the Baldwin Cooperative Creamery, he First National Bank of Baldwin, and the Security State Bank f Baldwin. They have pooled money for buying young bulls from ows of known production. This Bull Association is well under way nd the bulls have proved a boon to those farmers who have already aken advantage of 1t, 7.
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