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)
There are doubtless one or more of the least profitable kind in nearly every herd. The Cow Testing Association will separate them out. No farmer can afford to spend his own time, pay high priced labor or maintain expensive milking mach- ines to milk cows of this class. The $100.00 kind for me. Second, it determines the value of profitable cows and of the progeny of those cows. A prominent Wisconsin dairyman,)d priced one of his cows to a neighbor at $150.00. but the neighbor refused to paW $150.00, saying that that was too mueh money for a cow. After the cow had bean in the test association for a year and her real value was known, this same neighbor came back and paid $275.00 for the same cow. No longer will 300 or 4U pound cows be sold for common cow prices, or their progeny sold at veal prick, if their true value is known. $125.00 pays for the testing of one's herd for seral years. Third, it helps the farmer to feed so "s to get the greatest returns for every dollar's worth of feed fed. This. is mad# possible by the tester giving to each member of the association the benefit O his experience as a feeder and his knowledge of the different kinds of feed. 4One of our best farmers sent the ration he was feeding his herd to the agricultu4l teacher in the local high schooL By leaving out the barley and mixi- g the renning parts of the ration in a different proportion the ration was nearly balanceA and gave much better results at the pail. The actual saving was 8 cents on thO feed of each cow per day. The farmer was feeding 22 cows. 22Xke=$1.76 saved per day. 30X$1.76=$52.80 saved per month; (enough to pay for testing the herd for nearly two and one-half years) and to tids amount must be added the returns from the increased milk flow. It is not Pnlikely that a competent tester could render as valuable service to a large number of our farmers who might be indueed to take on the woek. Fourth, it raises the standard of pr;duction. Another successful dairyman who has kept a record of his herd for tW past fve years has found that by so doing the average annual butter fat prod =ion of each cow in his herd has been increased nearly 20 pounds for ea yer he had the cows under- test. The average price og hAu tt is SOo. X O4 eabh returned pa- cow per year, for testing. $6.00 multi- plied by tie isamWi aas.sin Vowbwhe atives you the value of having them in the test association. On this bass I yoa)*ve but three cows, you will be making 20 per cent Interest on your lnvestmen ,aroviding you pay $15.00 per year for having the work done. That Is the knf investment for which I am looking. Many instances of an increase in mil Vrduction of 25 to 60 per cent in twe years are en reeord. Fifth, it raises the standard of the ierd and the value of the individual animals because the heifers from high pduclng dams sired by pure bred sire of merit are sure to possess dairy qualit ~'hich guarantees such animals profit makers and top-notehere Then sold. In t c connection the opportunity which the test association offers for proving which d as are capable of transmitting to their offspring dairy quality hn a high degree clot be too strongly emphasized. The very general practice of sending mature t11 bred bulls to the block when just in their prime for breeding purposes is nudimental to our dairy industry and should be stopped. The Cow teing on solves the problem of proving sires. Keep proven sires of merit in see.ee Sixth, it increases one's love for god 0ows interests boys and girls in farm life and Its possibilities, and induces readl*tnd study on the part of its members. Better care, better barns, better equlpment follow. Seventh, the Cow Testing Associated aay be considered Farmers Club which is an organization of the people ii ay locality for the improvement of themselves, their homes, and their commui4t . Regular monthly meetings boneft members socially, educationally and ftnanly. Let as put Wisconsin first in the number of cow testing associations. Let u. make her the unexcelled dairy center of the world, a leader socially and educatinally. Subject for March Dulletinu " Work Hoe in the Spring'
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