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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

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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ing the butter, because I paid for that at the creamery, and after 
taking out of your figures for making the butter, you are pretty 
nearly on my basis. 
Mr. Goodrich: It comes to $16 per cow and we made 300 
pounds of butter. 
Mr. Gurler: I am much obliged to you for helping me out 
and I am confirmned on my figures because we come out so nearly 
A Member: Wasn't there any loss on the value of the cow 
every year? 
Mr. Gurler: There has been on the average cow, for the last 
three or four years, until the last year. Last spring I was able 
to buy new cows to replace the culls out of my herd, with the 
money the culls brought, but, as a rule, there is a loss in the ex- 
-     change. You can't get so much for a cow for beef as you will 
have to pay for a fresh cow, as a rule, and the better the cow the 
more loss, and that suggests another point. No one can afford 
to feed a dry cow. When you make up your mind you are go- 
ing to dispose of a cow, get a little flesh on her and get rid of her 
as soon as vou can after you have done milking her. 
Mr. Scribner: 1l1at is all right for the milk man, but not 
for the breeder. 
Mr. Gurler: I am not talking for breeders. 
Mr. Faville: Don't your cows ever get old, so they have to 
stop breeding and milking I 
Mr. Gurler: Yes; mv cows wear their teeth all out some- 
times, but I have got a registered cow in my herd now that 
is thirteen years old, and she is doing mighty good work. She 
made 400 pounds of butter for her first year's work as a heifer. 
You may be sure I am not going to dispose of that kind of a 
.eow. I will keep her when her teeth are all gone. 
Ex-Gov. Hoard: I have got such a cow as that, a registered 
Guernsey, sixteen years old. 
Mr. Gurler: These good cows are just as liable to live to a 
good old age, if you take care of them. 
Prof. Emery: I have a cow that at fourteen and one-half 
years gave fifteen and one-half pounds of butter in one week. 
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