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)
304 TRANSACTIONS OF THE NORTHERN WISCONSIN be as good for all intents and purposes on the farm for milk as the pure bloods. I think they are hardier and give as good a flow of milk. If you raise beef, breed in the line for beef. The idea of a common purpose cow, good for all purposes, beef and milk, I think is going out of date, as much as the horse for a race horse, carriage horse and cart horse. You have got to breed in some line for some special purpose if you ever succeed. I am not here to advocate any particular breed, but with the experience I have had in my dairy I do like to say this much on breeds of dairy stock. We have had advocates of the different breeds in our country that are breeding for sale. If you buy an animal you better know what they are breeding. It is not a sufficient guar- anty to any of you to take a male animal, whether a pure blood Jersey, whether a pure blood Ayrshire, whether a pure blood Holstein, to know the breed. Are the families good milkers. I have noticed pure blooded stock brought into the country for the purpose of speculation. Look out you do not get deceived in them. Know what you are buying for the purpose. They can tell just as good a tale about a poor animal as a good one. Get as good an animal as you can. Some of those who sell pure blooded stock get as much as they can for them and they will take all they can get of you. That has been my experience and observation at least. Know what you are buying. With the low prices as I stated before of our dairy products we have got to do something to make our dairy pay, and the first thing is to improve the quality of our cows. A poor cow will not pay for good feed. A good cow well cared for ever at the pres- ent prices of cheese, the lowest it has been for twenty-five years, if judiciously managed will pay expenses and a little something for the capital invested. We had a little discussion on the horse question yester- day. I want to express an opinion on it. It is all proper enough to bring out the discussion. The farmers who raise colts for sale are most of them aware that the grade Nor- man or grade Clyde horses are about the best breed that we can raise for the general farmer. You can find a ready mar- ket for them. Half bloods make good horses. They find a
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