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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Thirty-second annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Platteville, Wis., February 10, 11 and 12, 1904. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays and discussions relating to the dairy interests
(1904)

[Nitrogen, amount voided by cow in one year],   pp. 41-45 PDF (1000.8 KB)


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Wiscomwin Dairymen's Association3 
amounting to over $5,000,000; with land selling last year, 
every acre that was sold, on an average of about $100 an acre. 
Prof. Henry: And it is not as good land as this down here? 
Ex-Gov. Hoard: No, it doesn't begin to be. This is out of 
the glacial drift, and a large portion of the land in Jefferson 
county is sandy and gravely. Grant county land is a king to 
it, but the Grant county men have been for years and years con- 
fining their thought and their judgment to beef and pork, and 
I tell you when a man acts from the standpoint of beef and 
pork, he is going to constantly study to do just as little work 
as he possibly can. But when a man comes abreast of the prop- 
osition, when he associates with the cow, the cow is a great deal 
like the wife, she will hook him out or scold him out or get him 
out some way, and the man can't be half as lazy with a cow and 
a wife as he would without either. I wish I could take the 
Grant county farmers to the right about bodily, and set them 
down in Jefferson county and see them figure out the proposi- 
tion of dollars per acre. I want to get this thing down where 
it will stick, if I can-it doesn't make a bit of difference if you 
get ever so mad at me, because I have borne the wrath of this 
state once and I can stand anything. I want to get it down 
where it will prod. Think of a cow throwing off $13 worth of 
nitrogen in two hundred days-and in that particular I want 
to say to you that my own Jefferson county people, many of 
tiem, are only beginning to wake up to that, are just as remiss 
as they are anywhere else. 
Now, I buy land plaster and pay $9 a ton for it, and I 
sprinkle those gutters twice a day with land plaster for the pur- 
pose of absorbing, taking up, that nitrogen and holding it till 
it goes out every day onto the field. Men say to me, "Hoard, 
can you afford to do it, can you afford to pay $9 a ton ?" Well, 
it will amount to $18 or $20 a ton when I have saved up the 
fertilizer. We cannot afford to farm any longer in this country 
with this total indifference as to where our interests are. That 
same indifference has taken fifteen hundred million dollars out 
of New York state in the price of her farming land. That is 
what careless farming has done for New York. The other day 
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