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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 Dairymen's Association.
animals are doing, because they have a little conscience, and If a man
comes to buy and says, "Here, you are in the Wisconsin cow testing
association, what is the record of that animal over there?" he has to
tell
it. Sometimes it is so poor he can't make the sale. Therefore he drops
out of the association purposely, because he doesn't like to lie about his
cows. We have had men In the association who tried to substitute
cows, and cheat themselves. What they wanted was a big record to
talk about. We have had to drop men on that account. We inaugurated
a method of sketching cows in the contest to prevent substitution.
Mr. Searles spends his whole time trying to make men pull together,
where they seem bound to pull apart. But notwithstanding all this,
we are going forward, each year adding to the number of associations,
until to-day we have as many as one man can look after.
A great deal of responsibility rests upon the shoulders of the tester.
He must not only be capable of weighing and testing milk and making
reports of what the cows have done, but there are many suggestions he
ought to be able to give in regard to feeding, and the management of
cows.
The Chairman: There Is much more in this than just the weighing
and testing of the milk, Indeed that is a small part of it. The cost of
producing milk must be taken into consideration. We did not have
as much need for doing that in years back as at the present time.
When our land was cheap and when our feed was thrown into the river
as waste product to get rid of it, it was different.
Mr. C. H. Everett: I want to say a word on the subject of "Bovine
Tuberculosis" which has been mentioned. We all ought to be interested
in this subject. It can be found everywhere, and as an officer of an
association that has in charge the work of tuberculin testing, I know
something about it. It is a disease that can be eradicated and driven
from the boundrtes of this state but it will require united effort on the
part of our farmers. There have been feelings of antagonism and of bitter-
ness among our farmers because they were compelled to test before they
could sell a cow. That law has been amended and that part eliminated,
but in that law there is a clause which says that after 1913 the state
will not pay farmers for the loss for cattle condemned. I want to urge
upon the farmers the importance of getting together upon that pro-
position and testing their cattle, getting rid of those diseased, and in
that way drive out this disease from our state. After 1913, every am-
mal on your farm that is condemned by the state veterinarian or the
State Live Stock Sanitary Board will be your loss. The total loss will
fall upon your shoulders.
The convention adjourned to meet at 1.30 P. M.
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