Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin
Ingalls, G. R.
Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin. Bulletin no. 7: "how to run a cow testing association" PDF (1.1 MB)
MAKING EACH COW PAY BY G. R. INGALLS REPRESENTATIVE FOR EAU CLAIRE COUNTY Denmark has made good in the dairy business. She has been *ucceusful because her citizens have realized the value of working together for their common good, and have adopted a practical way of finding out which cows were profit makers. Experience has proven that the best and most economical way to find out the profit makers to through a Co-operative Cow Testing Association. By means of these associations Denmark, in 15 years, has doubled the average annual butter fat production of each cow. Wisconsin dairymen can do likewise. The testing of one's herd is a straight business proposition, and the Co-opera- tive Cow Testing Association Is the best and most economical way of getting the work done. No successful merchant handles a line of goods on which he does not make a profit; likewise no progressive dairyman wiU milk a cow on which he does not make the greatest profit possible. When a cow owner appreciates this fact he will want to know what each Individual cow Is doing for him; he will welcome the organization of an associa- tion and glady have his herd entered. He winl talk the merits of the cow testing association to his acquaintances, and will be willing to spend a day or more in going with the county or state organizer to acquaint his neighbors with the oppor- tunity for them to find out what their cows are doing. Enthusiasm and a one-way pun together, at the same time by every one who is interested in progressive agriculture gets results that are surprising. The plan for running a cow testing association Is to hire a man who will spend one day each month with each farmer who takes on the work, or in case the herds are small and located reasonably close together, one day with two farmers. The tester comes to the farmer in the afternoon, weighs the milk of each cow night and morning and takes a composite sample from the two milking. for making the test; he also weighs all feed fed. The tester determines the monthly milk production of each cow by usin the one day's weighing as a base or by adding up the milk sheet for the farmer when he weighs every miking which, for several reasons, he in advised to do. After the tests have been run, the per cent of fat and all findings are recorded In a Record Book especially prepared for this work and furnished without charge by the State Dairymen's Association. At the end of the year the owner of a herd can see what each cow has produced, and the amount and cost of feed. Profts are shown and the "think" or "guess" is replaced with definite knowledge regard- Ing each animal in the herd. Successful organization necessitates getting into the Association 400 or more cows comprisIng 26 or more herdn. For several reasons It Is very dellrahle that
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