Northern Wisconsin Agricultural and Mechanical Association / Transactions of the Northern Wisconsin Agricultural and Mechanical Association, including a full report of the industrial convention held at Neenah, Wisconsin, February, 1886. Together with proceedings of the Association for 1884, to January 1, '86
Vol. XI (1886)
Bright, C. M.
Taxation, pp. 273-306 PDF (6.8 MB)
AGRICULTURAL AND MECHANICAL ASSOCIATION. 303 wants to look at is to get a good selection of cows. It will not pay to keep poor cows. In these times of low prices it will not do to keep an ordinary cow. It takes first-class cows. You must do it by selection. You always have some cows that are getting old or failing; turn them off for beef. I have been more successful in raising stock from some of the best cows than in buying. If a man observes the laws of breeding he will get up a better dairy in that way in a few years, than in picking up cows through the country. My advice would be to breed for certain points. If you want dairy cows, breed for that. If you want a dairy for cheese and carrying the milk to the factory, select your dairy for that. If you have a market for milk, select them. for that purpose. If you have a market for butter, select them for that purpose. I think there is a great advantage in breeding from pure blooded stock. In all events select your males from the best milking families. Breed in that direction and continue to breed so. In raising heifers from your best stock, if you make a wise selection you will choose four-fifths heifers, and the heifers will make first class cows. They will not all make first class cows. If you raise heifers from indifferent stock without any regard to the breeding from pure stock on the male side, the chances are you will not get one in four first class. The value of pure stock to breed from lies in that direction; like begets like. Breed from a pure male whatever your stock is, horses, cattle, sheep or swine. I claim no farmer can afford to breed from grade stock on the male side. If one man cannot afford to buy a good animal, club together and get the best. It will pay you fifty per cent. over and above what the majority of farmers in our country do breed from. As I commenced running a cheese dairy I got the Ayrshire stock. I have had some experience with the Holsteins the last four or five years. For a cheese dairy, I would prefer the Ayrshires. Whatever breed you select be careful in making the selec- tion. If you want to make butter I think the Jerseys would be a good breed to cross with. You get a pure male animal from a milking family and the grade heifers and cows will
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