There seems to be a general impression that it is only during comparatively recent times that records have! been kept of the producing powers of cows, or that cows with a very high butterfat yeilci have been bred. It is, however an erroneous belief, for many old books dealing with farming give records of extraordinary productiveness. And the yields in these case appear, enormous when we remember that the separator had not been then invented and the wasteful method ol allowing tlie cream to rise in pans had to be followed.
In 1841 the record of one cow, the correctness of thq returns being fully certified, was published. The animal belonged to Mr Cramp, of Lewes, in Sussex. Her breed is not stated, but in all probability she was a milking shorthorn. She was housed throughout the whole period over which the record runs, and fed upon clover, rye-grass, lucerne and carrots, with a ration of brewers grain at midday. She was allowed as much food as she would eat up cleanly. The lady began well by producing twin calves These were sol.d at nine weeks old for £l2 12s, a sum equivalent to over £2O to-day. Presumably these were given most of her milk, for it was nine weeks after her calving that the record begins. During the 48 weeks her yield was tested, it went steadily down from 24 quarts a day to five quarts, the average working out at' 14 quarts. In the 4S weeks she gave 5360 quarts, which yielded 5941bs of butter.
Anothe# cow, also boused throughout, gave her owner an “actual profit” of £331 6s during eight years. Part of this was earned by a credit of orie penny per quart being credited to her account for all the skim milk fed to pigs. This is stated an under rather than ail over-estimate of its value, as it could be sold for a penny halfpenny in the neighbouring town.
- It would he interesting to know how much these two remarkable cows would have produced *if a separator had been used.
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Franklin Times, Volume XVIII, Issue 98, 27 August 1928, Page 5
PRODUCTIVE COWS. Franklin Times, Volume XVIII, Issue 98, 27 August 1928
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