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