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
Curtis, T. D.
Dairying in the northwest, pp. 100-105 PDF (1.2 MB)
Wsomox DA1RYXW'S Assocuiow. derives its name from the initial letters p. i g. (" perfectly inno. OMS game," or "perfectly independent game," whichever yen Shoo e), implying that the winner has it all in his own hand, or his own way. But even Mr. Smith could not buy these good cows, if some one did not raise them and then ocmsent to let him derive all the profit from them. Bz=DDING DAIxz STOCK. There re two ways of securing superior dairy stock by breeding. Both require careful selection and good judgment. The first is by selecting the best pure-blood males that can be got, and using them on your best cows; then selecting the very best of the progeny and breeding from these, continuing always to use none but the very best pure-blood males. This is not very costly, even though a good round price is paid for the male, since only one animal has to be bought in order to completely transform the herd in a few year It has been truly, s well as forcibly aid, that the male is half of the herd; and be will give you half-blooded grades the second year after his intro- duction to the herd. If YOU breed from these half-bloods using always a fall-blood male of the right kind of family and pedigree, you get three-quarter bloods; then eighths, and next sixteenths, which are counted pure bloods Besides, where the herds are not large, the expense of a pure blood male may be borne by several dairymen in the same neighborhood, thus proportionately reducing the oast to each. This introduction and use of pure-blood ales will oon double the butter and cheese producing capacity of moat herds of cows, and increase the profits-in a still greater ratio -as not only the quantity will be increased and the quality improved, but all this will come without extra expense for room and keep, the doubling pf the production being from the same number of cows that was kept before. I say nothing about breeds, for the reason that all breeders are sensitive - unnecesarily so, I think,- and I do not want to show any preference for or prejudice against any breed. But I would suggest that great oare be taken to seleot a male, and breed for the special line of dairying in which you are engaged, whether it be butter or cheese. You cannot profitably devote a cheese cow to 102
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