Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Second annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association, with a record of the annual meeting held at Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Feb. 17th and 18th, 1874
Does it pay to make cheese for foreign markets, pp. 15-16 PDF (480.6 KB)
15 WCONSIN DATIYMRN'S ASSOCIATION. member that common business sagacity bids us do everything that lays in our power to clear the ground of every objection that can be urged against our product. To make our cheese equal to the best and to grade an easy channel for its export, is our part of the work, and it will be a reflection against that spirit of enterprise we have hitherto shown if we do not ad- dress ourselves sharply to the task. There are strong indications that several New York firms that have hitherto paid no attention to Wisconsin cheese, will next season make a special effort to secure our goods. I also learn that two or three firms in England will send agents to operate in this State. These re favorable indications and are an important part of the result for which we have so zealously labored. In view of these facts I would respelly suggest that next season this Association hold one or two public exhibitions of butter and cheese, in order that a more general and accurate idea of the true standard of uniformity be obtained. It is not enough that a few make a desirable article. If the buyers, especially those from a considerable distance, cannot secure large round lots of uni- form grade, it does not pay them to be at the expense of coming here. I would also suggest that a series of resolutions be prepared and forwarded to the State Agricultural Society, setting forth the rapidly increasing im- portance of the dairy interest in this State and requesting of the Society, that in future State fairs, larger premlums be paid and closer discrinina- tion made upon dairy products. I would also earnestly request that the blanks already forwarded to se dairymen of the State for statistical re- ports, be promptly sent in. Sour Secretary is constantly called upon for information which without your prompt aid he cannot give. I have to thank this Association for the generous confidence which has been extended to me from every member, and I desire on my own part that there should be no relaxation of effort, until the reputation of Wis- consin bufter and cheese is second to none in the Union. The following is a statement of the financial condition of this Associa- tion: Receipts as per report of Treasurer and Secretary, $87.86. Ex- penditures for telegrams, printing and postage, $48.18. The Convention then engaged in a discussion of the first topic on the programme prepared by the Secretary, which was: "DOES IT PAY TO MAKE CHEESE FOR FOREIGN MARKETS." Mr. H. F. Douseman, who was one of the pioneer shippers in this State, of cheese.to Liverpool, stated his experience on this question. He thought that the main direction of our effort should be in the line of foreign markets; the foreign markets must be depended upon to take our surplus stock, and of course that demand must ever control the whole price. Mr.
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