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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Thirty-first annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Fond du Lac, Wis., February 11, 12 and 13, 1903. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays and discussions relating to the dairy interests
(1903)

Goodrich, C. P.
A Fond du Lac County cow census and its lessons,   pp. 33-46 PDF (3.4 MB)


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44           Thary-rste   A    Report of X46 
ling value of skim milk makes profit $9per ow. Ration: 
Weft eared shock corn, 1Y2 monthi; then timothy hay ane 
clover hay and 8 pounds ground oats and corn. In summerJ 
pasture, and in fall, fodder corn. 
Here is another herd fed expensively aid almost without 
profit. The mistakes here made are almost identical with the 
mistakes No. 36 made. 
THE WLaATION OF IEED TO PROFIT. 
The 12 months through which these records run moke 4& 
unusually trying year for the dairyman. The widely extende-! 
drouth of the summer of 1901 had made all kindsoimi very 
high and when winter cam  some dairymen were puiaz   whet 
to do. Some decided to feed grain as usual, no matter wsat-che 
cost. Others said, "I will not buy high priced feed to mak.sa 
balanced ration, the cows will never pay for it" :Those of " 
second cla  whose cows were fresh in the fall made a sorrylmis; 
thke, as the notes which I have presented show. 
There was still another class who iad caws that would not 
freshen till spring. Some of them said: "We will give our 
cows cheap feed during winter-corn stover and stra*-and 
not try to produce much milk in -winter. They will be mh-*' 
in spring and give milk on paatUre which ischeap. LWen isy' 
not get as much money per cow but we will make mor weal . 
profit than you fellows who pay out all you get for milk for. 
feed." 
These arguments are quite plausible and we will see.what 
these facts I have gathered show. 
Let us take the ;thre: highest feeders. No. 1 fed *42 got:. 
back $57.89, made a profit of $15.89. No. 25 fed $40, got- 
back $67.79, made a profit of $27.79. No.28 fed $0, got back 
$45.39, made a profit of $5.39. 
Now take the three cheapest feeders, and their cow were all 
fresh in spring. No. 13, fed $22; got back $29.78, made a" 
profit of $7.78. No. 19, fed $22, got beck $32.95, m-de- a 
profit of $10.95. No. 43, fed $20, got back $28.6, made.ra 
profit of $8.66.                                    -* 
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