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A Curious Industry (Sep, 1936)

I like that in the same paragraph they write “it is so completely impossible to grasp the basis for the weird ideas and beliefs” they also write “Religion is practiced as it was, originally, thousands and thousands of years ago.”. It implies that Hindu beliefs are weird, yet the second sentence would bring howls of dirision from Young Earth Creationists, who’s ideas are of course perfectly normal.

A Curious Industry

Buffalo chips once served as fuel in this country. Cow dung has many uses — besides that of a fertilizer — in the Far East.

SOME of the most peculiar customs in the world originate in India, where beliefs and religions have flourished from ancient times, without any change from contact with the civilization of the rest of the world. To the average traveller, India presents a glamorous and fascinating study, inasmuch as it is so completely impossible to grasp the basis for the weird ideas and beliefs which are firmly fastened in the Oriental mind.


I found the 1922 preliminary report on the process along with the 1926 study done on the composition, digestibility and feeding value of the hydrolyzed sawdust.

From the 1926 article: “The method of treatment consists in cooking the sawdust under 120 pounds pressure with dilute sulphuric acid, which converts
a portion of the cellulose and allied substances into sugar. The liquor resulting from the digestion together with the washings from the undigested sawdust residue is neutralized with lime and evaporated to a thick syrup, which is mixed with the dried residue. The product is then ready for feeding. It is a dark brown somewhat powdery meal with a slightly sweet woody odor and a woody flavor.”

Before anyone tries to draw comparisons with “Fresh Horizons” bread from the 70’s, that high fiber bread contained wood pulp and NOT sawdust. And it was banned in Canada.


Making cows eat sawdust, and like it. is the feat of the Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, Wisconsin. A process has developed that converts the fiber of the woody pulp into food for cattle by treatment with heat and chemicals. Its immediate application is seen in utilizing the sawdust that was formerly a useless by-product of lumber camps. Tests indicate that cows and other livestock thrive on the sawdust diet.

Milking Cows From a Swivel Chair (Oct, 1954)

Milking Cows From a Swivel Chair

You can just sit back and let the cows do most of the work in this modern unit.

THE dream of farming by push-button came a whole lot closer to reality this year when the Hervey Research Development Corp. of Geneva, Ill., put on the market its amazingly efficient pre-packaged dairy plant which enables one person to wash, milk and feed 30 cows an hour without even stirring from a comfortable foam-rubber-cushioned swivel chair.

Sitting at ease in the center of the milking room, the operator pulls a cord to open the barn door, twists a crank to measure out feed for each cow, then tugs at another cord to let Bossy go back to pasture. Automatic milkers pipe the Grade A to a stainless steel cooling tank.

Radio Increases Milk Yield of Cows With Musical Ear (Dec, 1931)

Radio Increases Milk Yield of Cows With Musical Ear

THAT cows will give more milk to the strains of music was proven when Ben Scott, in charge of the cattle at the Fred-mar Farms near Oakville, Mo., installed a radio loudspeaker for the benefit of the restless bovines.

They immediately showed signs of musical appreciation and stood still while they were milked. Some even cocked a musical ear while the soothing strains of a classical waltz came from the radio.

As an almost conclusive proof to the new idea, the cow pictured boasts of an official record for 3-year-olds with 840.98 pounds butter and 17,864 of milk.

Cows Wear Pants (Oct, 1937)

Cows Wear Pants As Aid In War on Insects

Scientists now are dressing cows in pants. Strapped onto the hind quarters of a cow, as shown in the photograph at the right, the odd cattle trousers are used to collect specimens of ticks and other insects. These are sent to laboratories where extensive research is being made into the best methods for combating the unsanitary and annoying insect pests.

Bizarre Animal Headgear (Feb, 1947)

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Bifocals Blackout Bulls. Farmers know a bull won’t charge when he can’t see. The Masbruch halter above, produced by the Russell Mfg. Co., Platteville, Wis., lets a bull walk and graze, but when he lowers his head to charge, his vision is blocked.

Horse Specs. Now come goggles to protect the eyes of race horses from mud clots and dust kicked up by their running mates. The specs are made by setting two Plexiglas bubbles into a regular set of blinkers. Showing off a pair, above, is Royal Hustle, first thoroughbred to wear them.

Kindly Weaner. Consisting of metal tabs that close over a calf’s mouth when it raises its head to nurse, the Shur-Way weaner, left, prevents injury to the mother cow and breaks the calf of its habit without punishment. Yet in no other way does it curb the calf’s freedom or keep it from feeding.

Rump Strap for Dairy Cow Stops Switching of Tail (Dec, 1950)

Rump Strap for Dairy Cow Stops Switching of Tail
Even though the barn is thoroughly sprayed twice daily to eliminate flies, dairy cows accustomed to switching their tails during the day in order to keep off the pests frequently continue this habit during milking. To prevent it, one dairyman attaches a loop of rope or webbing to the milking-machine strap and places the loop in the position pictured to keep “Bossy’s” switching tail under control.