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Southern Wisconsin Cheesemakers' and Dairymen's Association / Proceedings of the twelfth annual meeting of the Southern Wisconsin Cheesemakers' and Diarymen's Association held at Monroe, Wisconsin, Thursday and Friday, February 1 and 2, 1912

Emery, J. Q.
Calf paths,   pp. 90-102 PDF (2.8 MB)

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Southern Wis. Cheesemaker's & Dairymen's Ass'n
thrive, himself must either hold or drive. It is just
as true today that, he who by agriculture would
thrive, must acquaint himself with the teachingg.of
modern science and guide his practices in accordarce
with the laws which those sciences teach. , The
farmer who thinks that he can successfully conduct
his business out of harmony with or in opposition to
the laws of nature, which the Almighty has estab-
fished, will sooner or later find that he is "following
the zigzag calf about."
I have referred in terms of contrast to the time
when a few Swiss people settled in New  Glarup in
1845 as the nucleus from which this great Swiss
cheese industry of the present day has grown,, and
to the present when it has grown to such vast pro-
portions. I have referred to the fact that those
Swiss farmers after a number of years struggle,; in
making their industry profitable, resolved upow a
change of method and adopted the cooperative plan
which they have since followed.  That beginning
was 70. years ago. What is to be the future of this
great industry pn which hang the hopes and the
quality of finished products and consequent busing.s
fertunes of those who are now  carrying on, this
industry?  Is there to be in the next, 70.years an
improvement in all the elements in this industry
which go to make success commensurate with: the
improvements of the past 70 years?    Remember
this we can, never stand still in any industry: or
undertaking. It is inevitalbe that we either make
progress or recede.
Forty years ago the men who were producing the
raw material for the manufacturing of Swiss cheese
learned that they must become self-reliant; that they
must form and execute plans for their own benefit
and their own advancement. Such a course of pro-
itedure was no less imperative in those days than at
.the present. They thought. out what was the gret
hindrance to their prosperity and success and they

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