Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin
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 I o I 11: . j I i ,I0%i I i
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