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)
DARYn]SG Ix THE NORTHWzST. WisCOwSI AS AA, DAInY STATE. 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. [MPnovzD DAIRY STOCK. 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 him 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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