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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

Goodrich, C. P.
The farmer's cow,   pp. 72-79 PDF (1.6 MB)

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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 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. 
k. I. 

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