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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
(1903)

[Milk shipping superseding the cheese factory and creamery],   pp. 72-80 PDF (2.3 MB)


Page 73

 
WiwoAnsi  Ds6rymeas AsocW" io. 
that time Canada exported $4,000,000 worth of cheese. He 
might have told you that now Canada exports $25,000,000 worth 
of chase, and that the exports of the United States have fallen 
to a little over $2,000,000. They have gone up in Canada 
from $4,000,000 to $25,000,000 of exports and we have dropped 
from $10,000,000 to about $2,000,000. The decrease is so 
rapid that if it keeps on in the same ratio in three or four more 
yews the United States will not export a pound of cheese, but 
will be in the anomalous condition of having a greater demand 
for home produced cheese than we have .cheese to fill it, or we 
will have to import cheese from Canada. 
At our Farn*rs' Institutes and other meetings, a few years 
since we told the farmers that the condition of the horse business 
was such at that time that the man who carefully and wisely 
went into the breeding business, was in a safe bpsiness, and we 
have reached already a condition which proves we were right- 
horses are bringing good prices. Tle beef cattle industry has 
been remarkably profitable and many a Wisconsin dairyman was 
carried off his fedt by that fact, unfortunately for him. Wiscon- 
sin is not a beef-producing state. If you will go to some of the 
beef-ranges of the United States I will show you things that will 
shake you through and through. I have seen corn costing 19, 
20 and 22 cents going into steers coming off ranges and being 
fed. What is the use of a Wisconsin farmer trying to compete 
with those men under their conditions. There is no danger of 
those people competing with you in making butter or cheese. 
Now is the time to go into the cheese business in Wisconsin; 
now is the time to get your cows right, to get good cheesemakers, 
to stand by this Association in its dairy worlk and push the 
cheese business as hard and as wisely as it can be pushed. Now 
is the time for som6 of you men with capital to look toward 
Northern Wisconshi and find profitable investment for ar 
money in cheese fatories. Don't get into the wrong end of the 
wave of prosperity. The same applies.to the dairy business. 
Now is the timn with our exports steadily decreasing, to start 
new factories, Wisonsin could start five hundred next year and 
five hundred every year for the next ten years with great ad- 
Vantage to the people, and to the commnwealth as a whole. 
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