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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Thirty-first annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Fond du Lac, Wis., February 11, 12 and 13, 1903. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays and discussions relating to the dairy interests

Gurler, H. B.
Annual records of fifty cows in one stable and the lessons they teach,   pp. 92-105 PDF (3.3 MB)

Page 94

94          Tklrqy-first Amwaid Bepr of thX 
$12.50 left. That will pay interest on $200 land and not upr- 
of us are asking $200 an acre for our land. It is hard to put 
a market value on silage, as it is not a nvarketabl~efood, but I 
have given the farm a profit for growing its and I think that is 
Then I charged up for labor $12.50 per ow. That was a 
basis that I figured out ten or twelve years ago when I made. 
milk for the creamery. It may not be strictly accurata Per- 
haps labor is a little higher now, but if you think that is not 
rights you nmust make your own allowance, as you have got to do 
with a great many of these things. No --n can make an ar- 
bitrary role that will fit all of you. 
That left an average profit of $19.98, after paying for the 
feed and $12.50 for labor. Many people do not figure the 
labor in. Of course they would have $32.48 for profit. 
Now, out of those fifty cows I picked out nine. I picked 
out the four poorest cows in the stable, then I picked out a ow 
that would be just about on the dead line, as you might term it; 
she would barely squeeze through and not got me in debt, Then 
I picked out four of the better cows, not the best ones but pretty 
good average. You see what I wanted wias to got an average 
of the whole fifty in that nine, and to show you how near I 
reached that object, the average of the fifty cows was 297.7 
pounds of butter, while the average of the nine that I am going 
to talk about was 295.3 pounds. 

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