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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)

Hoard, W. D.
Address,   pp. 46-51 PDF (1.2 MB)


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40 cents to furnish pure air to them I" Now, I get back, in my 
estimation, my friends, ten times forty cents, in increasing the 
efficiency of those cows. I don't think that I ever made an in- 
vestment on-my farm that paid a higher interest than that ven- 
tilation system. All this winter long, the stable held steadily, 
never has dropped below 50, from that to 55. We can't go to 
the expense of artificially warming our stables; we must keep 
them heated by the animals' bodies, but in the King system you 
retain the heat that is thrown off and you introduce fresh air 
constantly and take out the foul air. The fresh air is pouring 
in all the time, the foul air is pouring out all the time, and your 
stable is kept at an equable temperature and your cows are 
healthy and happy. 
Mr. Everett: The Grant county farmer doesn't need to 
spend $350 to ventilate his barn as well as yours, does he? 
Ex-Gov. Hoard. No, I think not. There are few barns 
142 by 36, but what I want to get into the minds of these, my 
friends, is that there is a cash value to this proposition. The 
farmers about me have scoldled me for putting in that ventila- 
tion system, but there is nothing about my premises that I think 
is making more money for me than just that. I step into my 
barn nearly every day and I lcok these cattle over and see how 
contented and happy they are, and I say to myself, and to the 
cows, "Oh, I wish your sister cows over this state could have 
an opportunity to enjoy such a condition of things as you 
have ;" and if the dairymen * f hYs state would get down to the 
bed rock of this proposition and think and study on the economic 
value of good air, as well as good food, how much it would 
help us. 
Now, on this proposition of feeding. A neighbor was buying 
bran and paving $15 a ton. He could buy gluten meal for 
$23; the bran contained 16 per cent protein; the gluten meal 
contained 27 per cent. Now, which of the two would have been 
the cheaper? In the one case he paid $1.25 for his protein, 
and in the other he paid less than a dollar for his protein per 
one hundred pounds. Then I saw him grinding up oats, oats 
worth 35 cents a bushel, over $20 a ton, and oats only about 8 or 


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