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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Fortieth annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Beloit, Wis., November, 1911. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays and discussions relating to the dairy interests
(1912)

Griswold, H. D.
President's annual address,   pp. 7-11 PDF (1.2 MB)


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Forticth Annual Report of the
Such were the conditions when this association was formed by a little
band of men: W. D. Hoard, Stephen Favill, W. S. Green, Chester Hazen,
H. F. Dousman, A. D. DeLand and H. C. Drake. These men met at
Nsa.ertown on the 15th of February, 1872, and organized the Wiscon-
sini Dairymen's Association.
They set to work at once to open a market and to promote the dairy
interest in Wisconsin. The object of the association has ever been to
help the dairymen of the state and encourage them in better methods
thereby producing a better article at a better price. The meetings have
been held in different parts of the state to give as much benefit as
possible to all interested.
The association has done a great work in the suppression of frauds,
such as filled cheese and oleomargarine sales, and many other things of
vital interest to the dairymen. The last few years have been devoted
largely to the establishing of testing associations, believing that this
work would conduce to greater good than any other method.
To W. D. Hoard especially, the dairymen of Wisconsin owe a debt of
gratitude which they can never repay. Through all these years he has
been untiring in his efforts to promote the best interests of the dairymen
and we are glad that he has lived to see the splendid results of his
labors. The first improvement in handling milk was the cold setting or
the shotgun cans set in cold water. That was good in its day. Then
came the creamery and the cream separator.
The separator, thanks to the enterprising agent, spurred on by large
profits, has come to almost every farm, and the creamery and cheese
factory to almost every community in the state till we have more than
any other state in the union. Better stock has come into use and to-day
no state or country can make a better showing all along the line than
Wisconsin. This is plainly shown at all the large fairs, and the state
contest that has been going on for the last two years shows more hiFh
producing cows than any like contest that has ever been made. Fine,
large comfortable barns and stables are found on most farms. And
silos are going up thick and fast.
Prof. Babcock has given us the Babcock test whereby any one of
average intelligence can test milk and cream for himself and know what
he is producing. Our agricultural schools and colleges are sending out
trained men to take up this work of right breeding, right feeding and
care. They are sending out to the farmer the results of years of care-
ful experiments so that the dairymen of to-day have no excuse for ig-
norance; he can know the truth if he will.
Instead of the uncertain markets of the past we have good markets
and good prices, the world is open to us. Our cities are growing fast
and the consumption of milk and cream Is astonishing. Our large
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