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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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98          Thirty-first Annual Report of the 
Ex-Gov. Hoard: A good cow will last longer than a poor 
Mr. Gurler: Yes, and the reason is that she has a great big 
Mr. Faville. But you haven't answered my question yet. 
I had a cow that lived to be twenty-two years old, and when she 
was seventeen years old she dropped a calf that weighed 110 
Mr. Everett: What breed of cows have you, Mr. Gurler ? 
Mr. Gurler: Registered Guernseys, registered Jerseys, and 
registered Holsteins; but mbst of my cows are grades,-orosaes. 
I am not going to get into any breed contest. I amn talking 
about the individuality of the cows. 
Mr. Everett: Do you depend on raising your own cows or 
buying them ? 
Mr. Gurler: I raise all the good heifer calves, but I have to 
buy a food many cows besides, and that is what breaks my heart, 
because I can't buy such cows as I want. Why, gentlemen, mv 
two-year old heifers, with their first calves are giving fifteen 
per cent. more milk than the average cow I can go out and buy. 
Prof. Henry: Suppose you have a cow on your farm that 
makes 200 pounds of butter the first year. What do you do 
with such a cow ? Do you summarily dispose of her, or do you 
try her another year? 
Mr. Gurler: It is not under all conditions fair to judge a 
cow from one year's work. You take the record of the Cow's 
work with her general appearance, her make up, and you are 
pretty safe. A man can tell pretty well whether a cow has donei 
her best or not, if he is watching her. 
Ex-Gov. Hoard: If she indicates a capacity that she has not 
used, you are encouraged to hold onto her. 
Mr. Foster: In this matter spoken of by Mr. Goodrich of 
comptliting the amount of labor put onto the cow in the year, I 
think it is not quite fair not to charge up to the cow at least cer- 
tain proportior. of the time that is naturally wasted on the farm 
bv the hired man. If we go into a machine shop, we are 
charged at the rate of fifty cents per hour for the work they do 
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