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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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Wisconsin Dairymeit's Association.
cities reach out over a wide territory for their supplies. The ice cream
trade Is also growing fast and is no small item. But while all this has
been going on the scientist has been busy along other lines and he has
found that barnyard manure mixed with milk is not good food,
especially for babies. Also that cows effected with tuberculosis do not
furnish healthy milk, and that cows kept in dark, unventilated stables
are not healthy. So the city man is demanding clean milk and laws
and regulations are being passed requiring the dairymen to clean up,
but the old fellows are stubborn and the work goes slow.
With all the improvements we have there is still a great work to
be done and I venture to say that if I should go out five miles from any
city In Wisconsin I could find just as poor scrub cows and just as poor
dairymen as we had forty years ago. I can take you to localities in this
state where no attention Is paid to breeding, where no milk is produced
in the winter months and where the cows are out all day in the coldest
weather.
I think I am safe in saying that nine men in ten, taking the state
through, are using scrub bulls in their dairy herds. We need first of all,
better cows and to that end more attention paid to breeding. We need
better feeders for our cows and more attention paid to cleanliness. We
need to watch out for tuberculosis, that it is not in our herds, and we
need to watch the manufacturers of oleomargarine and other frauds
that they do not ruin our business.
In the little country of Denmark they are doing the most progressive
work In dairying to-day of any country in the world, and how are they
doing it? Simply by working together.
We farmers and dairymen must work together in cooperative breed-
ing, In test associations, in selling and buying. We do not trust each
other enough. If we will stand together, shoulder to shoulder and
work for the things we want, and if need be fight for them, we will
get them."
The Chairman: In view of this admirable paper I think it would be
wise to have some comments. I will call upon some of our friends here.
Judge Rosa: Mr. Chairman, Members of the Association: I anm
very much interested in the progress being made in dairying in this
state, but I sometimes wonder how we are ever going to get the mass of
dairymen to "move on." Just a couple of weeks ago I was out on
my
farm-at milking time and a neighbor of mine came along and in the
course of our conversation he told me he had quit one of the milk com-
panies here In Beloit, because they wanted him to sign a contract giving
them, among other things, the right to come out to his place and see
how he cleaned his stables, and he wouldn't stand for anybody telling
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