Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes / Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes : a hand-book of agriculture. A report of the twelfth annual closing Farmers' Institute held at Janesville, March 8, 9, and 10, 1898
Bulletin No. 12 (1898)
Hill, Chas. L.
Breeding and developing a dairy herd, pp. 142-148 PDF (1.8 MB)
WISCONSIN FARMERS' INSTITUTE. daily weighing will more than pay in keeping track of milkers and of the in- dividuality of each cow. It will pay if you have many cows to have one of the scales made for this purpose, so that it reads zero with the pail on, and shows the net weight of the milk. A twenty-five cent spring balance will answer, however. The middle of each month take a composite sample of each cow's milk never expect to do it again, but I think if a lot of your animals freshen at one season, it will pay to milk three times a day. Mr. Arnold-Judging from your ex- perience in breeding, what proportion of the improvements in dairy quali- ties do you consider is due to the feed- ing, what proportion to training, and what to breeding? Mr. Iill- There is just enough truth GUERNSEY V0V-O NIBIAS II:STA .70;, .; I.JtS. 1:1"1''1L'. fN t MOS.: 25 EditS. S OZ. IN 1 WIEEK. ( :1E(. C. 11ILL & SION, IfIiSENDXALE, NVIS. for from four to eight milkings, and test it with the Babcock test; then at the year's close you will be able to tell just what each cow has done, and weed out your cows intelligently. Finally, brethren, love your business; study every detail of it, and be satis- fied with nothing short of success. DISCt SSION. Question-Do you milk three times a daly? Mr. Hill-No, I never have, with one exception when I made a test, and I in the old saying that we hear from some farmers, that the corn crib is good enough for them, to make it hard to answer such a question. First- rate stock can be ruined any time by feeding or improper handling, while. on the other hand, cattle can be bred up to be real good dairy animals from what are inferior ones, by the right kind of feeding. The training goes right along with the feeding, and I should say that half of It was due to breeding and half to the feeding. Any breed of animals cannot probably be or- 144
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