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
Hoard, W. D.
Address, pp. 46-51 PDF (1.2 MB)
49 Wisconsin Dairymen's Associati 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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