The American Farmer; Devoted to Agriculture, Horticulture and Rural Life Volume 4, No. 9

The American Farmer; Devoted to Agriculture, Horticulture and Rural Life Volume 4, No. 9

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ... a Dairy Cow. Col. Geo. E. Waring, Jr., in his prize essay on Jersey cattle, says the primary object in breeding the Jersey cow is, as in the case of all other dairy races, to secure a good cow--that is, a good milk giver; and the first point to be regarded is to see that those characteristics which in all cows indicate large milk-giving capacities are permanently preserved, and those which denote a tendency to the production -f fat in the carcass and the production of beef--that is, the grazing quality--be avoided. It may be taken as an axiom applicable to all cows, especially during the first three or four years of their lives, that a tendency to beefness is objectionable where the highest yield of dairy products is desired. In all works on cattle we And general directions for the selection of milking cows, which do not vary materially, and the leading principles of which should always be borne in mind. The description is given in "Flint's Milch Cows and Dairy Farming" in the main as applicable to Jerseys as to any other race, and the reader is referred to this wellknown work. We may all criticise the description there given, however, in some of its points, not only in considering the Jersey cow, but equally in examining other breeds. Small short-horns are prettier than the long-horns; but in every race many of the best dairy animals have horns which, while not coarse, and while of excellent color, are long and rather wild growing. Among Jerseys, especially, many of the best animals have horns nearly black, and the quality of glistening is generally the result of accidental or intentional friction. That the neck should thicken as it approaches the shoulder is a statement that should be taken with some conditions. All necks do more

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  • United States
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