Wisconsin Cheese Makers' Association / Ninth annual meeting of the Wisconsin Cheese Makers' Association held in the Convention Room, State Capitol Building, Madison, Wisconsin, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, Jan. 23, 24, 25, 1901
Ruddick, J. A.
Dairying in New Zealand, pp. 36-46 PDF (2.3 MB)
NINTH ANNUAL XKTING. 37 expressions, and where even the newspaper comment is as com- plimentary as anything which has been published on British ter- ritory. I believe this event which we all deplore will do very much towards uniting these two great English-speaking races and tend to build up that friendly feeling which we are glad to aee growing during the past few years. I am to talk to you tonight something about that far-off por- tion of the British empire lying under the Southern Cross, known as New Zealand. New Zealand, probably, for its size and population, today attracts more attention than any other part of the globe. Perhaps it has attracted much attention on account of the socialistic tendency of its legislation, but that is not a mat- ter in which I am much interested, nor well posted. I want to say something about farming in general, and of dairying in par- ticular, in that part of the world. Perhaps what I say may not be particularly instructive but may be of general interest. You know- that New Zealand consists of three main islands lying between latitudes 340 and 360 south, and the total area of these three islands amounts to 104,471 square miles, or a little less than twice the size of the state of Wisconsin. The greater part of the country is very hilly and part of it very mountainous, covered with perpetual snows. In this part of the world that hilly land would appear to be almost useless, but much of it has been utilized for agricultural purposes. The scenery of New Zealand is unique, and the bush scenery with its evergreen foli- age and magnificent tree ferns, as well as other- varieties of ferns, have been the admiration and envy of other countries for many years. One of the unique feature of New Zealand is its remarkable climate. It has the reputation of being a very fine climate, and for a temporary stay it is almost ideal, but those of us who are accustomed to the crisp, dry atmosphere of this part of North America, are somewhat disappointed, and, indeed, I found I suffered quite as much from cold in New Zealand as I ever have done in this country. At Wellington, the capital of the islands, the range of the thermometer was last year from 310 to 780 Fahrenheit. It very seldom freezes in any part of tbe country except the extreme south, and never enough to freeze 1o i s S r ~~~. '~ ~ ~ Y'I
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