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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Tenth annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Sheboygan, Wis., January 11-13, 1882. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays relating to the dairy interests
(1882)

Lawrence, George, Jr.
The advantages of winter over summer dairying,   pp. 25-33 PDF (1.8 MB)


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ADYAxTAGxs or WxIiT1x ovum SuMminR DAiBYING. 
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to January 1st in good condition and good heart. Now, the extra 
food she receives will enable her to continue her flow of milk till 
spring. Beginning on grass, she is in extra good plight, will begin 
once more to renew or increase her flow of milk, and thus continue 
until fly time, when she ought to be near dry. Many arguments 
are advocated that it does not pay to feed cows extra in winter, as 
the milk will not balance the cost. This cow must be wintered, 
and the more cheaply it is done, the more dearly will she cheat her 
owner, and it matters not whether she is dry. The extra food given 
to fall-milked through the winter pays in many ways. Cows are 
machines, and just as we run the machine we will be remunerated. 
You may, for example, look at the herds of cows that are run for 
winter milk, and the herds that are run for summer milk, and you 
invariably find the herd that milks through the winter is in the best 
condition, and they always will be. 
Second. It is better for the man.  In fall and early winter 
farmers' work is completed and there is time to devote to the cows. 
The hurrying of haying and harvesting is past, men and teams are 
idle. The dairyman that has run his herd of cows through summer 
is receiving very little income, if any at all. What does he do? 
Takes a rest and lets expense eat his summer income up. On the 
other hand, the dairyman that runs a winter dairy has not only paid 
expenses through summer, but is now realizing an income and a 
good profit from his investment. 
The demand for fresh-made butter is increasing, people's tastes 
are more fastidious, and we are educated to a higher standard; 
they are willing to pay any price for choice, fresh-made but- 
ter, while streaked, summer-made butter is shaved and a drug in 
the market. The old accustomed practice of making summer but- 
ter and holding for winter use is one of the things of the past. 
The dairyman must accommodate his mode of operations to the 
qualified tastes and interest of the consumer. Until this is done 
the dairy interest of any state will be on the retrograde, non-paying 
plan. Now, if we milk our cows nine months of the year, when is 
the best and most profitable time to have them come in? We an- 
swer, in the late fall or early winter. Milk can be produced as 
cheaply and with much more profit realized by milking in the win- 
ter months than in the summer months. As we stated before, bet- 
ter for the cows, better for the man, by way of saving time and 
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