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Henry, W. A. (William Arnon), 1850-1932 / Central Wisconsin : its possibilities and future
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Rietbrock, Fred.
Northern Wisconsin for dairying,   pp. 9-22 ff. PDF (2.7 MB)


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kind, gentle and accommodating cow which Is to
eat the grains, grasses and clovers and extract
therefrom that element of human- food so
necessary for the growth and comfortable exist-
ence of man.
   Out of the whbole domain of northern Wis-
cousin take 3,00U,000 acres for example; divide
the same into farms of au average size of 120
acres This will give us 25,000 farms. Set apart
forty acres for 4 wood lot: This will amply
supply the needs of the farm in the shape of fire
wood, building material, etc., and give a little
park for the family and shade for the herd, and
at the same time maple sugar for the children.
This will also leave to the country that romantic
and park-like appearance, which does so much
to make it a desirable and attractive place for a
home. Cultivate and pasture eighty acres of the
farm. Upon this there will be no difliculty in
maintaining twenty cows in milk the year
'round and to raise the desirable young stock
for the maintenance and improvement of the
herd. There will also be ample room for the
raising of fifty to sixty pigs to be annually
turned off.
    Twenty cows on 25,000 farms will give us
500,000 cows, and it seems to me. the great
majority of the farmers in northern Wisconsin,
after the example of Mr. Griswold, will grade up
to a perfect dairy herd from the common cows
of the country by the use of pure bred dairy
sires. In doing this they should not mix f~'
breeds. Keep the breeds sbparate, as it were,|
fences "horse high and bull tight." The p
bred bull has dairy heredity; the half blood l
not and is therefore a scrub. The pure bredi
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