Old Newspaper Articles from Capper’s Farmer October 1927: All About Cattle Farming, and Advertisements for Montgomery Ward and the RCA Radiola

Take a look at agriculture news stories and advertisements from the October 1927 issue of Capper’s Farmer.

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  • Oaks, Bush, and Joke returned $323.33 above feed cost last year. That’s $194.68 more than the herd of 17 cows returned three years ago.
    From the Capper's Farmer Archives
  • A Montgomery Ward & Co. advertisement that appeared in the October 1927 issue of Capper's Farmer.
    From the Capper's Farmer Archives
  • Royalton turned a loss of $5.79 three years ago on her feed bill into an excess of $92.77 last year.
    From the Capper's Farmer Archives
  • Foxy lacked $5.45 of paying for her feed three years ago. Last year, in four months of milk, she returned $9.25.
    From the Capper's Farmer Archives
  • John V. Hepler, county agent, and Frank S. Trumbo, manager of the Strong Farm, examine the test association book.
    From the Capper's Farmer Archives
  • An RCA Radiola advertisement that appeared in the October 1927 issue of Capper's Farmer.
    From the Capper's Farmer Archives

Royalton was in the hog pen. She had been quartered there because she was “no good.” At least that is the indictment brought against her by the retiring manager of Strong Holstein-Duroc Farm. The cow testing association record book seemed to bear out the indictment because in 1924, she produced only 2,316 pounds of milk, which contained 70.2 pounds of fat. Furthermore, cost figures checked against the value of her product indicated she had lacked $5.79 of paying for her feed that year.

Frank S. Trumbo, who had come from Illinois to take charge of his uncle’s Washington County, Kansas, farm, noted Royalton on his first round of the farm. She had only three teats and was a sorry specimen of the Holstein fraternity. But she’d be an entirely different cow with a little flesh under hide, Trumbo decided. The retiring manager didn’t agree. If Trumbo took his advice, she’d go to slaughter.

Trumbo didn’t, and during the test association year, which ended April 1, 1927, Royalton produced 8,461 pounds of milk, which contained 336.5 pounds of butterfat. The return above cost of feed was $92.77. Thus, she was worth to her owner $98.56 more last year than she was two years before. What was the difference? It couldn’t have been her age, for she was a mature cow, 8 years old, three years ago. Trumbo credits her performance to better housing, an adequate ration, and all the pasture she required.

The whole herd of 17 cows averaged $13.45 a head above feed cost three years ago. For the last association year, the returns were $72.82 a cow, an increase of 542 percent in the three years. The total return of the herd three years ago was $228.65. The average production of three cows last year was only a little less than that. Two of the best producers in the herd last year were Oaks (10,118 pounds of milk and 361.5 pounds of fat) and Bush (10,978 pounds of milk containing 448.9 pounds of fat). The combined returns of these two cows ($235.17) exceeded the returns for the 17 head three years ago by $6.52. Bush is 4 years old and was not in production when Trumbo first came to the farm. Oaks is 5 years old, and her first lactation record under the old management was 3,595 pounds of milk and 116 pounds of fat.

One of the striking responses to the change in management is exhibited by Foxy. She gave 1,290 pounds of milk containing 50.8 pounds of fat in the testing year 1924-1925 and lacked $5.45 of paying for her feed. As a result, she had been condemned to be sold by the owner.

Trumbo decided to see what she would do under better care and feed. She was so thin that she did not respond readily. The next year, she produced only 2,207 pounds of milk and 80.2 pounds of fat. About 8 months were required to get her in condition. She dropped a calf four months before the last testing year closed, but in that short period of time, she exceeded her production of the previous year. Her milk for the 4 months amounted to 3,860 pounds, with 128.4 pounds of fat. In April, the first month of the present testing year, she produced 37 pounds of fat, and in May 45 pounds.

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