Southern Wisconsin Cheesemakers' and Dairymen's Association / Proceedings of the eleventh annual meeting of the Southern Wisconsin Cheesemakers' and Dairymen's Association held at Monroe, Wisconsin, Friday and Saturday, January 20 and 21, 1911
Searles, H. C.
Advantages of a cow testing association, pp. 40-42
SOUTHERN WIS. CHESEMAKE:RS' & DAIRYMEN'S ASS'N. 41 for the dairvymian, in which lie ctll learn all of the essential points necessary in canri ving on anl1 b)uil(ling up a more productive dairy. Thesc associations have been in operation in Wisconsin for the past two e'ears and among several herd I will mention one coiitamining tell cows that have raised their net profit per cow Si .0'I or ill other words the dairyman for his second years work received SI10.0lo more for net earnings of tun cows than lie di(l for tile first year. I also note in several instances an increase of six to nine dolhars per cow in twenty an(l thirty cow herds for the same length of time. For several s\ears Denmark has carriell on cow testing associations adl(l at present time has about 470. In the year 1084 the cows in Denmark averaged about 8o pounds of butter a year; in 1887 116 pounids: in 19O?8 22(l poun(ls; in 1908 there were 207.00o cows in control societies or cow testing associations which was 18 per cent of the total number of cows in l)enmnark. The average pro(luct of 40,000 cows from which figures were available was 28S pounds of butter wlhile the averaige of the best her(ls was 330 pounds. The figures obtained from four vwars work in one associa- tion in Michigan shows an increase production of butter fat from 21.5 pounds to 264.4 pounds a gail of 49 I)oun(ls. The average milk pro(luction increased from 5336 to 0170) pouil(ls or 834 pounds gain. In a Swedish cow testing association containing ab)out 600 cows for ten veats work showed an increase prodluction from 6890 pounds of milk to 1 0004 pounds per cow, again of A174 poun(ls and butter from 230 pouilds to 3145 poun(ls or a gain of 101') poutll(l. I notice particularly that wherever vou find a main select- ing breeding and caring for his herd intelligently You will find a hed(1 returning a good profit and on the other hand, when you find a man that is indifferent regarding these things, vou will tiind a herd that returns a very small profit.
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