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Southern Wisconsin Cheesemakers' and Dairymen's Association / Proceedings of the ninth annual meeting of the Southern Wisconsin Cheesemakers' and Dairymen's Association held at Monroe, Wisconsin, Thursday and Friday, March 11 and 12, 1909

Tschudy, Fred
Difference in cost in rearing a full-blooded dairy cow compared with that of a common cow,   pp. 58-60 PDF (470.2 KB)

Page 59

many who look more on color than anything else.   We
should see to it that the sires we wish to use in our herds
are from cows that are large producers of milk and butter.
To do this we must get full bloods of some dairy breed.
All dairy breeds are good.   Each breeder knows the
particularly strong qualities of his own breed and will
naturally sing the praises of that breed.
I dont want to be understood that a young man starting
out must buy all pure bred cattle for to do that would be
too expensive. Buy the best common in graded cows you
can for your money. Decide what dairy breed you like
best, then buy the very best sire possible for your herd.
Being careful in selections of sires and raising the heifer
calves from the best cows you will have a herd of cows
which in time can be made to pay almost as well as
full bloods.
If you have a good sire dont be in a hurrv to change, for
if his offspring proves good keep him as long as possible.
I have known sires to be kept in a herd for 8 years. This
all can be done by careful selection and breeding. A full
blood dairy cow that drops a good calf I value from $25.00
to S50.00 and the milk she gives after I have fed the calf
5 to 6 weeks is worth from $35.00 to 050.00 while the
common cow that has no breeding her calf at 4 weeks old
is worth $6.00 to $8.00 and the milk frotp $20.00 to $30.00.
We can see at our public sales what good breeding does.
Cows that show good breeding sell from $15.00 to $20.00
more than the ones that show no breeding.  Seeing the
cost of raising the full blooded cow and the common cow
can be made alike and the difference in the profits obtained
from th'e former is that much more than from the latter
that we farmers and dairymen cannot afford to raise the
common cattle. We must invest a little more in purchasing
a good sire, must spend a little more time in feeding when
young with good hay and a little grain.
The cost in raising, I repeat, is so little different that
on our high priced land we cannot afford to spend our time

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