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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Tenth annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Sheboygan, Wis., January 11-13, 1882. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays relating to the dairy interests

Curtis, T. D.
Dairying in the northwest,   pp. 100-105 PDF (1.2 MB)

Page 101

In traveling over the northwest, last summer, if I had any doubts 
as to the fitness of this section for dairying, those doubts were all 
dispelled by the facts presented. But I saw nothing, in all my 
travels, superior to the state of Wisconsin -at least, to those por- 
tions that I saw, including the section in which you are assembled, 
and all of the southern portion of your state. You have abun- 
dance of sweet grasses, plenty of good corn, and where you have 
not the water, you can readily obtain it by digging or boring. 'It 
is not worth while, therefore, to spend any time in discussing the 
qtiestion of fitness or capacity. That is already decided in the 
aflnmative by indubitable facts. 
To me, the great desideratum appears to be improved dairy 
Mtoek. You made excellent exhibitions of stock at the fairs last 
fal, and I saw individual herds of superior excellence. But, in 
riding through your state, I discovered that this stock, as is the 
oe in my own state, was exceptional. Your dairymen generally 
am keeping too many poor cows - probably because, at the present 
time, they can get no better. It is poor policy, however, in my es- 
timation, for a man to keep cows on which there is a Ios, or no 
profit, because he can get no others. To do this, is to carry on 
dairying for amusement instead of profit. If profit is the aim, 
every dairyman should be sure of the quality of every cow he 
keeps, and keep none that does not return a net profit, after al 
possible outgoes are deducted. He should relentlessly send all un- 
paying animals to the shambles. 
How TO Grr Imp iovmD STOCK. 
In my judgment, there are only two reliable ways of securing 
satisfactory dairy stock. I might say there is only one way - that 
of breeding and rearing them; for nobody can get them if they 
are not raised - not even my esteemed friend, Hiram Smith. He 
has a fine dairy herd, which he bought of his foolish neighbors. I 
say " foolish," because, if they were not, they would not sell
their best cows, at any price. Besides, I know him to be an expert 
at "pig euchre," which everybody is not. My "nephew"
can tes- 
tify to the truthfulness of what I say. I understand this game 
8-W. D. A. 

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