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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)


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cale of that the butter factories came into our territory for lo- 
cation. Perhaps another and stronger reason is that it is easier 
to get ten good butter makers than to get one good cheese maker- 
mind you that word "good" is very emphatic in that statement. 
Another reason is this, and I suppose if I was the owner of a 
factory handling milk it would weigh considerable with me- 
that after the plant is first put in, the cost of running a cheese 
factory and a butter factory is pretty nearly the same, while the 
results to the owner of the factory making butter are from 30 
to 40 per cent mk*re than in making cheese, and at a factory get- 
ting from 16,000 to 18,000 of milk a day, I think I would 
make butter if I could get 30 or 40 per cent. more for it, than 
to make cheese, wouldn't you t 
There is another great thing with this industry, that our 
cheese makers are not paid enough for the skill and labor and 
good sense that they put into their work. Our farmers ought 
to see that our cheese makers are paid more money for their work 
and then there would be less temptation to make a change. 
Ex-Gov. Hoard: One other fact Our cheese mnaking in- 
dustry is not econonically organized, and the farmer feels that. 
It doesn't take very long for a farmer to see that his cows could 
easily give milk ten months, and the factories, as a rule, do not 
run over six or seven. How many months do they run in your 
district, Mr. Clark I 
Mr. Clark: We have quite a number that run twelve months 
in the year. As a rule, about eight months. 
Ex-Gov. Hoard: You see the creamery is continuously at 
work through the year. Nows in Canada and .particularly in 
the eastern townships of Quebec, where I expect to be next 
month, they are organizing rapidly to combine cheese and butter 
factories to accommodate the cowsthat come fresh in the fall. 
A cow coning fresh in the fall will, as a rule, give you from 
1,000 to 1,500 pounds more milk than she will if she comnse fresh 
in the spring,-if she is properly fed, of course,-because after 
the cow comes fresh in the spring, at the end of six months she 
strikes a shrinking period, cold weather and dry feed. Buts if 
the cow oomm fresh in the fall, at the end of six months she 
strikes au enlarged field, warm weather and fresh feed. 
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