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
Rosa, Charles D.
American cow registry, pp. 35-44 PDF (2.2 MB)
Fortieth Annail Report of the dairy products is done at a profit or loss, and any sane, legitimate scheme for increasing the profits or reducing the losses of this process ought to have thoughtful consideration at our hands. I think it is generally believed that the average Wisconsin cow just about pays for the food she cats. All the figures obtainable seem to indicate that such a belief is correct. All that the owner gets for his labor of caring for this average cow is what she returns to the soil. I would not belittle this item, and, if no other conditions were possible, I would think that it would pay the Wisconsin farmer to continue to milk cows on that basis alone, since I believe most thor- oughly that all enduring agriculture must rest, generally, on live stock husbandry of some kind. But if the average cow is just paying her way-no more-what about the cow that is below the average? We all know that there are many cows above the average and that these cows are returning to their owners a profit each year. Professor Woll told us of some of these yesterday. Hence there must be many cows below the average, and the owner of these cows must be operating them at a loss. I believe there is no more important problem facing Wisconsin dairymen to-day than how to eliminate the unprofitable cow and replace her with the profitable cow. Thanks to the Babcock test and the brainy, farsighted men who conceived of and are pushing local cow testing associations, we have an excellent and comparatively inexpensive method of locating and eliminating the unprofitable cow. I cannot advocate too strongly the forming of such associations. The number now in our state ought to be increased until every dairyman within the state is a member of one. If such conditions obtained, in five years' time the re- sults would be nothing short of marvelous. But the equally brainy and equally farsighted and efficient men who conceived of and have been carrying through the Iowa and Wisconsin Dairy Cow Competition also deserve our thanks. They have been powerful factors in opening man's eyes as to the possibilities of dairy eows when well bred and properly handled and nothing that has happened, in recent times in the dairy world, in my opinion has been mcre important in showing us what good breeding is. It has been equally potent in showing us the possibilities that lie within the grade cow and how, with proper methods in breeding and grading, cows that are profitable and even phenomenal producers can be obtained. It needs no argument to convince the thoughtful dairyman of the state that Madge and Bessie and Molly and Jersey V. are not accidents not mutants, but the results of the right kind of breeding and the is 'V A, -44 I - 4.- : t 1 i-5 f ! .. '.'' II ; . 36
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