Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin
Bullock, D. S.
Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin. Bulletin 50: the right dairy sire and how to manage him PDF (872.5 KB)
The Right Dairy Sire and How To Manage Him Am Investment That Paid A La Crosse county farmer, in 1889, decided that his herd of just "ordinary" cows was not paying. He decided to purchase the best pure bred sire, of his chosen breed, he could afford, to mate him with his heifers which were of mixed breeding and to keep careful records of the production of their daughters. He found that these heifers gave an average of 212 pounds of butter fat their first year in milk. At the end of nine years his herd averaged 26i pounds a cow. In 1913 none of his herd of 25 milk cows gave less than 400 pounds a year and several produced 600 pounds. Bull calves from his pure bred cows were easily sold for future delivery. The sires he has used have all been of the same breed, pure bred, and bred-for-production. USE. ONLY BR2ED-FOR-PRODUCTION SIRLES When dairymen say an animal is "bred-for-production' they mean that the animal's ancestors were high milk and butter fat producers. His sire and grandsires, for several gen- erations back, have produced offspring that have made good records in milk and butter fat production; his dam and grand- dams have been good producers and good breeders as well. The pedigree should show all these points very plainly. It should also show that some of the ancestors of that particular sire were excellent individuals and were winners in national shows. The Letter the records and the more near relatives with good records the better the pedigree. BUT PEDIGREE IS NOT EVERYTHING Many an animal has a fine pedigree but is a very poor indi vidual. The right dairy sire should be a good individual as well as have a good pedigree. He should be fairly typical of his breed and show capacity, size and quality.
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