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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Thirty-first annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Fond du Lac, Wis., February 11, 12 and 13, 1903. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays and discussions relating to the dairy interests

Aderhold, E. L.
Reports of cheese instructors,   pp. 62-69 PDF (1.9 MB)

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- tle test and its application in making out dividends. Later I 
did the same in factories lying in adjacent territory in order to 
arouse, as mmieb as possible, a sentiment in favor of the test sys- 
Occasionally I made flying trips among these test factories in 
order to compare notes and see whether or not the testing was 
being done right. The result was that, with few exceptions, 
there was very little variation between the different, factories in 
the yield of cheese per pound of fat and farmers came to believe 
that the fat content of milk is a good indication of the cheese 
Very few of those factory-men lost any patrons and such losses 
are considered temporary. 
From the evidence I have been able to gather I ati safe in stat- 
ing that the test system in the above named territory has scored 
a decided victory, that seventy-five per cent. of the farmers who 
patronized these factories will, in the future, oppose any other 
system of making dividends. 
This little band of cheesemnakers by, for once, asserting their 
backbone; by, for once, standing for their rights; by, for once, 
acting like men instead of like boys have won a victory far-reach- 
ing in its effect. 
They have strengthened their position with their patrons; har- 
mony is taking the place of distrust; they look into the future 
with increased confidence and some of them are already planning 
and making improvements such as they had never before dared 
to dream of. 
At one factory in this territory the patrons had refused to ac- 
cept the test system and as they were somewhat wrought up I 
managed to got a fair attendance at a day meeting. The maker 
had on hand composite samples of milk and I undertook to show 
-     his patrons how to test. 
Nearly all of those farmers were ignorant on the question of 
testing and they must have taken me for a Norwegian because, 
while I was taking samples they made such remarks in the Ger- 
1an language as "two samples of the same milk will not test 
alike," ad, "adding water to milk will not lower the per cent.
of fat.' 

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