Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Thirty-second annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Platteville, Wis., February 10, 11 and 12, 1904. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays and discussions relating to the dairy interests
Hoard, W. D.
Address, pp. 46-51 PDF (1.2 MB)
Thirty-second Annual Report of the sides of it. My neighbor said to me, "W'bat do you put in so many windows for ?" I said in reply, "There is no disinfect- ant in God's world so powerful to cleanse a stable as sunlight, and it does not cost me much." Then I put in the King system of ventilation. It cost me $350 to build the barn and put in this system of ventilation. Now, what is the result I Shut that barn up tight at night and step down into it in the morning with its fifty animals in it, and you can scarcely smell the odor of a cow stable in it. The air is changed in that barn every hour, the thermometer stands steadily at about 55. The cows- their eyes are bright, their coats look nice and good, the air in that stable is just as smcet and clean as though it was in a June pasture. And is there any difficulty about this ? No. But my neigh- bor said, "Why, Hoard, you can't afford to spend $350 for air." "Well," I said to him, "what does a cow live on ? It lives on food and drink and air, and you take away the air and she will die the quickest, won't she You can poison her; if some man comes along and puts arsenic into her food you would prosecute him, wouldn't you? If some man came along and pat strych- nine into her drink, you would prosecute him, wouldn't you ? But you will sit right down and deliberately poison her with foul air." Now, then, a cow needs just as pure air in her stable as you do in your house. Do you know of any rule on earth whereby a cow does not need as pure air as a man ? And it is a simple proposition-this ventilation question. Now, how much did that ventilation cost me? I said I paid $350 extra, and my neighbor said I couldn't afford it, and I took this way of reasoning with him: The interest at 6 per cent is $21. That is what this ventilation cost me virtually, $21 a year. If I didn't have the money myself I could borrow it from a neighbor and $21 would get the money. So that the annual expense of furnishing the pure air to that stable, 142 feet long and 36 feet wide, is $21 a year, and I would say to my neighbors, "Look these cows over. That amounts to but 'little over 40 cents an animal. Now, would you keep cows two hundred or more days in the stable and deny them the use of 48
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