Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Fortieth annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Beloit, Wis., November, 1911. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays and discussions relating to the dairy interests
Woll, F. W.
The Wisconsin Cow Competition, pp. 19-26 PDF (1.8 MB)
Wisconsin Dairymen's Association. following, (1) the amount of labor required to keep daily records of the cows entered for yearly records, (2) the expense connected with the monthly testing of the cows, (3) the fear that the production of their cows would not show up favorably in comparison with the many cows with exceptional production entered in the competition, and fi- nally, we fear, a lack of appreciation among the rank and file of our farmers of the wide variations in the value of different cows and of the Importance of keeping an account of the production of individual cows In order to ascertain which of them produce milk at a profit and which, if any, do so at a loss. The fact that there is an appreciable proportion of the cows on the dairy farms in this and other states that do not produce enough milk to pay for the feed they eat and the labor spent on them, has not yet been sufficiently impressed on the minds of many farmers to make them test their cows. This work of cow testing, as you may know, is carried on In this state under the auspices of your association in the cow testing associations and is being conducted very successfully, but on a much too limited scale. Instead of a dozen cow testing associations within our state, we ought to have hundreds of them and would have them too, if our farmers in general appreciated the importance of this work and its value to them, to a similar extent as do European dairy farmers. The first yearly records in the competition were completed In October, 1910, and since then a bunch of cows have finished yearly records every month, until we now have 275 records of production of milk, milk solids and fat, by 271 different cows. By the time the results for the production of the cows during the last month are in, this number will have swelled to over 400. Of the yearly records now completed 113 are of Guernsey cows, 58 of Jersey, and 100 of Holstein cows. The average production of these 271 cows for the year was as follows: 10687 pounds of milk, 1387 pounds of solids and 445.9 pounds of butter fat. The highest record was that of the Holstein cow, Caroline Paul Parthenea, 77784, bred by Henry Schaefer and owned by R. J. Schaefer, Appleton, Wis., viz., 888.2 pounds of butter fat from nearly 22000 pounds of milk containing 2800 pounds of milk solids, for the year ending September 19,1911. This cow is now seven years old, she dropped a calf September 26, 1910, and again October 16, 1911, about one week too early, two dead twin bull calves. She freshened twice, therefore, within about a year and still made the.remarkable production of milk solids and fat stated. The feed of the cow eaten during the year was as follows, according to the statements furnished by the breeder each month: 2083 pounds wheat bran, 2084 pounds Ajax flakes, 1878 pounds gluten feed, 850 pounds hominy feed, 248 pounds ground barley, 367 pounds corn meal, 10726 pounds silage, 1200 pounds green corn, 600 .1 l 4 21
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