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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)

Gurler, H. B.
Annual records of fifty cows in one stable and the lessons they teach,   pp. 92-105 PDF (3.3 MB)


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hint, staking that they wanted me to come and instruct the boys 
in butter-making. I wrote him that I had not enough exoeri- 
ence in tlit line, but a Pecond and a third letter came, saying 
"I have got to have.you." So finally I came and this is another
reason wly I feel so friendly toward the Wisconsin people. 
In the annual records which are smnsmnrized in the following 
table I have put the price of skim milk at twenty cents. Before 
that, I had put it at twenty-five cents per hundred, applying an 
old rule that skim milk is worth half as much per hundred 
pounds as corn is worth per hushel,-so that on these figures I 
have made the price pretty low, and where skim milk is used 
intelligently, it is worth more money than that. You will 
notice that the calf and the manure are not taken into consdera- 
tion. It is an uncertain quantity about what the calf is worth; 
it depends upon what the cow is and what the sire of the calf is, 
and I felt it was wiser to leave the calf out entirely, and let 
*      everybody put his own value; and the sexne with the manure. 
Then coAwn the cost of feed. I fed some gluten meal from 
the gilioee faotory; I fed some food from the distillery at 
Pearia, and.got my protein cheaper in that forni than in any 
other, fwrm, but I struck one carload that had something wrong 
about it; it was not palatable, and I had  sbne sharp correspon- 
-democ about it  The manager thonght I didn't know what I 
was talking about, but he found out that I did. 
That reminds me, I want to talk a moment on the question of 
palatability. It is the first thing to be thought of in feeding. 
Thre is any amount of nitrogen in the atmSphere, and it might 
L ag well remain there as to be in an unpalatable feed as far as the 
cow is concerned. This question is not sufficiently recognized. 
CItanista cannot tell about the palatabilty of food. They know 
*    how to analyze, and that is as far as they can g, but they can't 
make the cow eat it and like it. 
Ifav was eharged at $A per ton and the corn silaes at $1.50 
per ton. For last -year perhaps that price was t little low, but 
even at that I can tell you there is a good profit in growing corn 
- ' for silage, if we prow fifteen tons to the acre, as every one 
should. You see there is a gros income of $22.50 per acre and 
if we allow $10 for interest and the growing of it, you have 
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