Southern Wisconsin Cheesemakers' and Dairymen's Association / Proceedings of the ninth annual meeting of the Southern Wisconsin Cheesemakers' and Dairymen's Association held at Monroe, Wisconsin, Thursday and Friday, March 11 and 12, 1909
Davis, Dalles E.
What the milking machine has done for the dairyman, pp. 61-64 ff. PDF (853.1 KB)
SOUTHERN WIS. CHEESEMAI;ERS' & DAIRYMEN'S ASS'N. 61 WHAT THE MILKING MACHINE HAS DONE FOR THE DAIRYMAN. Dalles E. Davis, Mgr. South Bros. Farm, Monroe, Wis. The milking machine among mechanical devices is a good deal like Mark Twain's dog, as he described him chasing a jack-rabbit. He said of him, "he is in a class very much by himself". This is because of the element of uncertainty and nerveness which goes with the machine and the nature of the work which it is to perform. This work means dollars of profit or loss to the farmer accord- ingly as it is well or badly performed. But let us beginn at the beginning. In the first place I wish every dairyman in my hearing this afternoon to distinctly understand that what I shall say is for the purpose of giving you the facts as I have found them in the dairy which I operate. I am not paid by any company to talk this afternoon and I am not even interested financially in the machine which I operate. When Mr. South, on whose farm I live and whose machine I operate, talked of installing a milking machine I said nothing, because I was doubtful of the outcome; but, when he installed it I determined to do the best possible. Logically the first thing to consider is the cost of the machine. The B. [t. K. machine may be installed for from five to seven hundred dollars, according to the size of your barn, the number of pails you wish to use and the power which you employ. In about twenty months use of the
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