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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
(1912)

Rosa, Charles D.
American cow registry,   pp. 35-44 PDF (2.2 MB)


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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association.
proper kind of care and may be duplicated by any man who is willing
to travel the same tortuous, almost untraveled way.
Thoroughly as I believe in the local pow testing association and
important as I consider its work, I still believe that work is incom-
plete. There are still two things that need to be done if its most excel-
lent work is to count for the most for the dairy world. 1st. The re-
cords of the cows tested by it-at least the cows of merit-ought to be
authenticated in such a manner that they will be accepted by the
public without question. And 2nd. They should be preserved in
some permanent form and be given the widest possible publicity. In
no other way will it be possible for them to become in the fullest
possible measure, and as they should be entitled to become, the pro-
genitors of a race of dairy cows whose claim to distinction is not
based upon the color of their hair or the length of their tail or the size
and shape of their teats, but upon the amount of profit they can
annually pour into the milk pail.
The American Dairy Cow Registry Association was organized to
meet this need and perfect this work of the local association. It is
a corporation that was organized under the laws of the State of Wis-
consin on the 25th day of March, 1911, by Edwin L. Rasey, Charles
F. Lathers, Wesson J. Dougan, and myself, of Beliot, and E. C. Updike,
of Madison. The purpose of the association is to perfect and publish
a Registry of Dairy Cows based on merit. Briefly the plan of the
registration is as follows:
SYSTEM A DOUBLE REGISTRY.
It will publish a registry-in fact a dual registry of dairy cows. Its
work will not be limited to full bloods-in fact it is intended primarily
for grades-but it will take in all cows that can produce the goods.
It will refuse registry to any cow that fails to meet its requirements
regardless of her breeding or the record of her ancestry. In it every
tub-perhaps we had better say milk pail-will stand on its own
bottom.
THEsE WILL BE A BLUE REGIsTER AND A RED REGISTER.
In the Blue Register, which is the primary register of merit, there
may be recorded any cow with a yearly record of production above
a certain established minimum and whose record has been properly
authenticated either by some agricultural experiment station or by
a testor under the supervision of the registry association. In securing
this authenticated record, the registry association aims to work hand
in hand with the local cow testing association. In fact it aims to
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