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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)

Page 36

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
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