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)
REAL VALUE PROVEN BY DAUGHTERS The real value of a dairy sire to any herd is told when his daughters freshen. Then we are able to tell whether or not he is improving the herd. If the daughters are better producers than their dams were at the same age we are on the right track. A sire which does not improve the herd and whose daughters are not better than their dams should be sold at once. The sire which does improve a herd should either be kept in the herd or sold to someone who can use him as a breeder. Many good Wisconsin sires have been sold to butchers before their real value became known. SHOULD PRODUCE GOOD OFFSPRING The bull's value is determined by the production of his daughters. These five daughters of a pure bred sire each produced more than 408 pounds of butter fat In a year THE DAIRY SRE NEEDS GOOD CARE The dairy sire should be grown well from the day of his birth and not be allowed to become stunted-size is one of the important qualities in a dairy sire. In winter silage or roots should be fed but only in small quantities. A growing bull should not receive more than five pounds of silage a day and when full-grown not more than 10-15 pounds. Too much silage may cause him to become an uncertain breeder. A good ration is-silage 8-15 pounds, hay 10-12 pounds and from 2-4 pounds of a grain mixture consisting of three parts of oats and one cf bran.
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