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Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin
(1913-1919)

Harris, Roy T.
Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin. Bulletin 48: fly time and milk production PDF (910.1 KB)



   Fly Time and Milk Production
   Flies cause heavy losses.-An unbelievable amount of money
is lost each year by the dairymen of Wisconsin because of flies.
   That the keeping of flies along with dairy cows is expensive
can be determined by anyone who cares to investigate.
                                 If a herd will drop in pro-
HOW NOT TO HAVE
         FLIES
.Don't breed them.
Don't feed them.
"Swat" them at every
      opportunity.
duction anywhere from 5 to 20
per cent with the coming of
"fly time", and this at the sea-
son when production should be
most abundant and economical,
it should be apparent to all that
flies collect or cause heavy tax.
I                          i     That we are troubled less by
                                           this pest than in some less
              favored sections is cause for congratulation, but we should
I             not, and need not, be satisfied with conditions as they are.
In
              fact there is still less excuse for our negleet of a matter
which
              ;in many cases means the difference between profit and loss
in
              summer dairying.
                 Protect the dairy cow.-The cow is the most important part
              of the dairy equipment. The more or less expensive buildings
              and fittings we buy on her account are to assist her in the
              production of milk and butter fat, to extend her period of
use-
              fulness and to reduce the labor necessary to her care.
                  In brief, all this outlay of cash is to make the keeping
of
               these cows more profitable. We invest dollars hoping to some
               day see them return accompanied by others of their kind. This
               is all well and good but don't blame the cow if she cannot
give
               milk and fight flies at the same time. The latter is not her
job.
               That is yours if we will persist in breeding the "pesky"
things.
                  Flies are not necessary evils.-Flies are pests no matter
how
               you consider them. The poor esteem in which they are held
               is indicated by the general slogan, "Swat the fly."
It is a
               good one, too, and should be obeyed early and often.
                  We have all seen, however, that flies are less prevalent
on
               some farms than on others. Of course, there must be a reason
               for this. If their presence is due to some cause which can
be
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