Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin
Oosterhuis, A. C.
Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin. Bulletin no. 15: how to get milk and money makers PDF (1006.7 KB)
How to Get Milk and Money Makers. By A. C. Ooaterhuis Every cow which is kept upon a Wisconsin farm should be a profit producer. She should repay her owner for every pound of feed, every hour of labor and also interest on his investment A Good Cow Is Practically every herd has its star boarder, the cow a Money Maker that does not pay for her feed. Keeping such cowa is a bad business proposition. Know your cows in- dividually by the use of the scales and the Babcock test. Cows should be checked up to see that they are paying market prices or better for the feed they consume. With a record of the milk and butterfat production of each cow and the approximate price paid for the feeds, the selection of stock for the future herd is less difficult and advancement is more certain. With good founda- tion stock, intelligent care, breeding and feeding, suc- cess in dairying will be in- sured. The Wisconsin farmer should grow his herd; of necessity some cows will h av e Buy the Best and to be Breed Them Better bought for a foundation. In buying, get the best producers avaniaDLe, and remember that the poor- LOOK FOR LARGE NOSTRILS. eat are most conspicuous on the market. After the herd To be healthy any auimual nust have the capacity is established, weed out by for taking in large quantities of fresh air means of the Babcock test which is used in purifying the blood. and milk scales the unprofit- able producers and only keep those which are paying for their feed and care. Mate these cows with a properly selected sire and raise well the heifer calves which you get from them. A very ordinary herd can soon be cheaply developed into high producers by following this method. The sire is half, some say three-fourths of the herd. He must be pure-bred, and registered, and represent well the dairy breed which you prefer. His heifers should produce more milk and What a Dairy perhaps higher testing milk than their dams. Select- Sire Should Be ing just a registered bull will not do this. Find out the sire's qualifications by knowing the test and pro- duction records of his dam and grand-dams. These records should be better than those of your best cows if you are to increase the pro- ductiop of your herd. Be sure, too, that the constitution and breeding vitaiity of his dam was such as you wish established in your herd. Size and constitution can be obtained together with quality and
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