Holstein Cattle and Modern Dairy Barns, Wisconsin

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The extent of the dairy industry in Wisconsin is suggested by this scene. Barn after barn has been built on the countless dairy farms to house the growing herds of cows. Wisconsin stands first of all the states in the United states in its dairy products. New York ranks second. The yearly value of the dairy products of Wisconsin is almost $100,000,000. Ten years ago it was only half this amount. The center of the dairying industry is in the southeastern part of the state. Creameries, condenseries, and cheese factories are counted by the hundreds. There are more than 3,000 cheese factories in the state. Wisconsin gave us the well known Babcock test. It was originated by Professor Babcock of the University of Wisconsin. By it one can tell the exact amount of butter fat in a given amount of milk. Creameries now buy milk on the "butter fat" basis. A dairyman by this test can tell which cows are most profitable. Some pay good returns; others do not give enough milk to pay for feed and care. All the dairy breeds of cattle are common in Wisconsin. The Holstein-Friesians, such as are shown here, are favored by many dairymen for several reasons. They are a strong, thrifty cattle. Even though the milk of the Holstein is not rich in butter fat, the quantity each cow produces more than makes up for such a loss. Besides, the cattle are good feeders. They are, therefore, a valuable beef cattle as well as dairy cattle. You can note the markings of the breed. They are black and white bodied, and usually have white legs. Observe the variety of coloring on their bodies. Contrast this breed of cattle with Jerseys. Keystone ID: 16709 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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