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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Fortieth annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Beloit, Wis., November, 1911. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays and discussions relating to the dairy interests

Scribner, E. H.
Address to young men taking part in the boys' judging contest,   pp. 28-35 PDF (1.8 MB)

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Fortietrh Annual Report of the
of the body; every cow has two milk veins. Sometimes one opening is
not sufficient to let the blood pass into the body and back to the heart
and there is found two and sometimes three or even four on a single
side. I never saw a good cow without these indications and I never
saw a real poor cow, with them. So, when you are judging cows,
pass your hand on the under side and see how soft and pliable these
veins are and follow them up to where they enter the body. You
will find they vary very much. Some are quite short; some are long.
You will also find little extension veins running nearly to the leg and
into the body.
Not a great while ago, I saw a man loading a well bred cow into
a car. She was a little stubborn about going, and what do you suppose
this man did? Well, I expect some of you think he kicked her, and
that is just what he did; he kicked her under the abdomen where all
that wonderful network of blood veins is and in less than fifteen
minutes it was swelled up there as big as my two hands, showing it
injured a part of the cow's machinery.
If I should take out my watch and throw it down on the floor and
step on it you would think I was a very foolish man, but the machinery
of that cow is just as delicate as that in my watch and when that
man kicked that cow, he was kicking some of the most delicate machin-
ery to be found in nature. I think the dairy cow is the most sensitive
animal we have, because of her nervous disposition. I don't mean
nervous in the sense of fidgety, lacking nerve, or anything of that
kind, but the making of milk is a nerve process and so we must handle
dairy cows with a great deal of care and kindness. I tell you boys,
we can catch more flies with molasses than we can with vinegar. We
can do more by treating our animals kindly than by abusing them,
and there -s no animal that responds better to good care than the
dairy cow. Be kind to her; don't even swear at her, any more than
you would at your best girl.
I think the ability of the cow is measured a good deal by her skin
and hair. You say what has the skin and hair to do with such a
piece of machinery? The outward appearance is merely an indication
of the inner machinery. If a cow's digestion is wrong, out of order,
her outward appearance shows it; her hair will be rough and her hide
hard and tight to her body. Perhaps you have noticed how tight the
skin will be no an old horse. That is always an indication that the
horse is out of condition, and it is the same with a cow. If she is
out of condition you will find her hide getting tight and hard. Now,
when a cow looks glossy and neat, her hair stays down nicely and the
skin is soft; it shows she is in a healthy condition, that the inside
machinery is working perfectly.
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