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Des Moines Iowa State Register and Farmer (Newspaper) - March 6, 1908, Des Moines, Iowa The Iowa State For F arm ESTABLISHED 1856 No. 2755 In discussing the most approved method for stamping out tin's dread disease. Dr. Burton Rogers, of the Kansas Experiment station, issues a bulletin of a sane :md feasible plan for completely eradicating animal tubercu- losis from this country within onj. or. at most, two years without one cent of cost or loss in excess of present iosses. Without stopping to give his ideas about how animals acquire the disease, we will endeavor to give his plan for practically stamping it out. In the pack- ing houses alone in the year 1901, gov- ernment inspection revealed this dis- urians make thorough examinations for tuberculosis of every hog killed. The natural result would be ihat if they knew the farm from every tuberculosis hog they discover came we would, inside of one short year. know practically every farm in this country having dangerous upon them. The results would almost equal the tuber- culin test applied on every farm in this country minus its expense. There is constantly going on, uncon- sciously TO most of you, throughout this country, an actual feeding experiment from which we are not but could be receiving much benefit. We hope can a greater feeling of security. Similar- ly, experts located at the slaughtering centers could inform you if hogs might have worms ,ind what kind, or were getting some kind of a rood or water that was causing her liver or kidney trouble, and might be able to suggest little changes that would he of im- mense profit to you in feeding and so on. Besides, farmers must sooner or later do their part in the ''Golden Rule" of modern business, and guarantee their produce as well as demand it from the manufacturer. Furthermore, in certain districts tabooed and dis- criminated against by the packers, be- cause a guilty less than 0 per cent of eluding the newly dropped calves of the tuberculous cov.s, in separate indoor uuaners. Then the tuberculous ani- mals are disposed of as rapidly as they complete their period of usefulness. Frequent feeding tests should be made of the tuberculous so as to know just exactly how profitable a producer each t ne is, so that at the moment one can dispose of the animal at little loss it can be done immediately. Likewise every unconscious owner of. tuberculous animals today to at least know it. But you may say to yourself or to us, "My hogs are healthy. We would not believe you even though we looked at them quite'careful- WAITING FOR GOOD MARKET CONDITIONS. ease in animals; in 1902. 752; 1903, 81, 179. It will be seen that the disease is rapidly on the in- crease. An extremely good animal husband- man can prepare a hog ready for mar- ket at six months of age, and nearly every hog, except parents, going to market is less than one year of age. Therefore, practically every farm in this country, before one year from to- day, will have sent one or more hogs to market. The beauty of these facts is that the bulk of hogs are slaughtered in pack- ing houses where government veterin- prove to every one that so much good would come from it that every one who hears or reads this, upon reflection, will not only feel he ought but will want to tag his own hogs with his own name and at his own ex- pense, so that if your hogs are tuber- culous the inspectors will inform the Department of Agriculture at Washing- ton so there will be sent to you expert advice and literature telling you how you can most economically eradicate the disease and control conditions that might cause it in your family similarly as it was caused in your hogs. If it is absent, then you could certainly have farmers happened to market the bulk of a traceable carload of hogs, the re- maining 94 per cent of innocent farm- ers in that district must suffer the same punishment. Your district may nor have been discriminated against yet, but it may be tomorrow. The point is. that every farmer who had tuberculosis on his farm seven years ago ought to have at least known it, and if he had been educated con- cerning the Bang system he would be free of tuberculosis today without one cent of loss. The Bang' method con- sists in testing the animals and there- after keeping the healthy animals, in- ly unless you would say only milk they ever received was from cows tested and found free of tuberculosis, and the cat- tle they followed were likewise tested for tuberculosis." Dr. Rogers' plan is a good one and of careful consideration and this is a matter that should be given intelligent consideration instead of ig- norant emotions and sentimentalities. The plan is radically simple, it is rapid, automatic, economical, feasible, and we want to study this plan thoroughly, im- prove upon it where one can and work on remedies for any defects it may oos- sess. Published by the Iowa Fanner Publiihing Co. DCS Moincs. Iowa MARCH 6, 1908
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