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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)

Goodrich, C. P.
The farmer's cow,   pp. 72-79 PDF (1.6 MB)


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Wiscowin Dairymen's Association. 
may be, naturally, one of the best of cows, but under these 
new conditions with the farmer, she will prove a failure. I 
have, in a few instances, bought such town cows that were 
splendid cows while in town. 'When they were brought to the 
farm, they would not go with the rest of the cows, but would 
go to the side of the pasture nearest to their old home and 
stand there and bellow to get back. This lasted all summer 
and in consequence, they did not pay for the food they ate. 
THE BREEDER'S COW. 
The breeder of thoroughbred cows, has a different stand- 
ard from the farmer. His standard is certain "breed charac- 
teristics," which may, or may not, indicate that she is a profit- 
able producer. These are fads which the farmer wants noth- 
ing to do with, for they will be likely to hinder, rather than 
help, him in building up a profitable herd. 
A few years ago, the Jersey breeders had a "breed charac- 
teristic" that they were all working for; and that was "Solid 
color and black points." While they were working for these, 
they were losing sight, in many cases to my personal know- 
ledge, of the main thing, profitable production, for which a 
farmer keeps cows. But, happily, the danger that was threat- 
ening the Jersey breed, was averted by the World's Fair at 
Chicago, which gave prizes for the most profitable production. 
Some broken colored cows were found to be among the great, 
est producers and, therefore, of the most value, according to 
the farmer's standard. 
The Holstein breeders have a fad just as senseless. Their 
cows must be black and white. If a cow should chance to 
be all black, or all white, or red and white, she is no good as 
a Holstein, no matter how large a producer she may be. 
The breeders of the Dutch-belted cows have a fad. Theirs 
must have a band of pure white around the middle of the cow, 
covering about one third of her surface, while her front third 
and rear third must be pure black. It is not admissible to 
have any white spots mixed with the black, or any black with 
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