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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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W-con-in Daiymen'. Awciation.            45 
Now, fellow dairymen, these are the facts: The cheap 
feeders did very well when their cows mm in in the spring, 
and they madea pretty fair profit; but the good feeders did 
better. There may never again come a time when the cheap 
feeder with summer cows will have such an advantage. The 
<winter of high priced feeds was followed by a summer of luxu- 
*      meant pasture, such as has never before been seen in this country.
3 WSILAGI A FACTOR IN PiOFITABLE DAIRYING. 
There are five creamery patrons who fed ensilage: No. 4 
who made on butter $29.18 profit per cow, No. 7 who made on 
butter $14.05 profit per cow, No. 17 who made on 'butter 
12.69 profit per cow, No. 21, with $20.17 profit per 
cow, and No. 25, with $27.79 profit per cow. One cheese fac- 
.tory patron fed ensilage, No. 4, whose profit on milk delivered 
was $22.23. Theme six silo men averaged $21.02 profit per 
cow, while the average profit of creamery patrons was only 
$5.94 per cow. The gross returns for the silo men averaged 
$52.52 per cow, while those who did not feed ensilage received 
an average of but $34 per cow, a difference of $18.52 in favor 
of the ensilage men. 
-  aOM any one doubt, in face of these facts, that it will pay 
to build a silo t Is it possible that all this gain in gross receipts 
and profits is because these men feed ensilageI Or, is it, in 
part, becaise thee men are more pmogressive, up-to-date farm- 
; <*  ers, have better dairy cows, tudy to feed a balanced ration, and,
.  short, have less of old fogyism than many of those who do 
not have silos?  These are questions for you to ponder on and 
answer. 
T 4t.       a1wi, I think    T man is maki@ n 
noWI  IujJIfl  vie an14  Ad  Ad~  .  m u  .. . Ad. 
a great mistake who keeps a herd of dairy cows without having 
a silo, the feeding of ensilage did not and could not, of itself, 
make this astonishing difference of over 54 per cent. in grow re- 
ceipts and more than 500 per cent. in net profit. 
Professor Voorhees, Director of the New Jersey Experiment 
Station, found that ensilage increased the amount of milk 12 
per cent over dry feed of the same kind, when everything else 
was equaL. Takins that statement as being the real difference 


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