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
Goodrich, C. P.
The farmer's cow, pp. 72-79 PDF (1.6 MB)
Wiwcoein Dairpm s Association. 77 which it comes is too high-then we who have insisted that the special purpose dairy cow was the most profitable cow for the farmer who produces milk, are all wrong. We are old fogies. Now I don't propose to go with that crowd and trail along at the tail end of the procession. I mean to be as near to the front as I can get. I am going to accept the teachings of these men, for the time being, who tell us a cow can do two different things, and that improving her ability to do one of the two things, does not detract from her capacity for doing the other thing. I THB FUTURE FARWIER'S cow. I propose to go further, and say that the farmer's cow of the future, will be one that can do profitably more than two things In addition to making meat and milk, the cow might be a work animal. In fact, there are some countries where cows are worked in the yoke the same as oxen are. I am acquainted with a man wlho came from some place in Austria. He says that in the district where he lived, it was the common practice to do farm work with cows. He says his father owned a smal1 farm, and all the team he had was a pair of large, fine cows. In 'fact, they were the only (ows he had. He says these cowe were great milkers, their calves excellent for making meat, aud besides they could draw a plough or wagon at a good rate. He used to haul his garden truck to the city market with these !ows, and sometimes some of the smnall children would go along. A bundle of hay would be put on top of the load with which to feed the cows at noon, and when the children were hungry, suffieiept milk was drawn from the team to appease their hunger. [t needs no argument to prove that such cows, which we Will call tri-purpose cows, must be far more profitable for the farmer, than single purpose or dual purpose cows, as long as we are assured that the ability to do one thing does not necessarily interfere with the ability to do other things. 0 k. I.
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