Old Newspaper Articles from Capper’s Farmer October 1929: Famer Doubles Milk Production, Plans for Building a Barn, and an International Trucks Advertisement

Take a look at agriculture news stories from the October 1929 issue of Capper’s Farmer.

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October 1929

E.C. Adams (right) and his father.

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Double Milk Yield in Six Years

By M.N. Beeler

Cow testing records enabled E.C. Adams, Jackson County, Missouri, to double the milk yield of his cows in six years. He joined the cow testing association 11 years ago, just three years after he had entered the dairy business. His 25 cows that first year averaged 5,000 pounds of milk containing 200 pounds of fat. During the last five years, his herd has averaged 10,000 pounds of milk and more than 300 pounds of fat.

There are only 12 herds in the United States that have been on the National Dairy Association honor roll five years. Mr. Adams’s herd is one of them. To get on the honor roll, a herd must have a year dairy herd improvement association average of at least 300 pounds of fat. That the Adams herd is still increasing its production is indicated by the record last year. The 72 cows in milk and on test averaged more than 11,000 pounds of milk, which contained 375 pounds of fat.

Mr. Adams is producing certified milk under the requirements of the Jackson County Medical Association. To qualify for certification, the bacterial count of milk must be below 10,000 bacteria a cubic centimeter. During 10 months last year, his count on 500 quarts of certified milk a day averaged only 1,972 bacteria a cubic centimeter. The overhead cost for certified milk production is rather high, and of course, he receives a special price. The demand is limited. So to increase his income, he produces milk to the capacity of his farm and equipment, and sells the surplus over the demand for certified as ordinary commercial Grade A. His output is 1,200 to 1,300 bottles a day.

“Volume is the important factor in increasing income,” Mr. Adams said. “The overhead would be about the same if I were producing only the certified milk, so I operate to capacity.”

Volume also was the motive in building up the production of his herd. Not only did Mr. Adams double the milk yield of his herd in six years, but he also increased the size. The herd average last year was 120 percent higher than it was 11 years ago, and the size was almost three times what it was then.

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