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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
(1904)

Hoard, W. D.
Address,   pp. 46-51 PDF (1.2 MB)


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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 
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