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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Eleventh annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Elk-horn, Wis., January 31, and February 1 and 2, 1883. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays relating to the dairy interests

Smith, Hiram
How to make good dairy farms worth one hundred dollars per acre,   pp. 49-55 PDF (1.5 MB)

Page 49

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they threatened to bring the legislature to bear against us. 
I told  Ahhe~~i 7t6lgoad   if they thought they could 
hurt us I say t, the farmers that that system, so far as the 
raisng of any more cream is concerned, is worthless. That 
we learned by this experiment. 
The President-Science is crystallized practice, nothing 
more, and I suppose if we live long enough and do the best 
we know, we shall probably crystallize into some sort of 
science up here in Wisconsin; but this I would say to every 
dairyman, if you have a method which is paying you well 
and you are satisfied, you had best stick to it until you find 
a better one. Make close observation and know what you 
we doing; compare your results with other methods, and in 
gat way we shall reach some kind of common sense wisdom 
if it is not scientific wisdom. We have got to -work out 
our own salvation. I cannot tell just the best method. My 
friend, Hiram Smith, says deep settings, and I use shallow 
settings. I compare my results with his, and they are not 
go wide apart. 
Therefore, I say it is better for him to continue his deep 
settings and I my shallow. 
By HoN. Elm" SxrM Sheboygan Falls, Wiconsin. 
The early efforts of the Dairymen of Wisconsin were 
mainly directed to make a salable article. We had strong 
prejudices existing all over the country against western but- 
ter and western cheese. This prejudice was very discourag- 
ingto new beginners. But there was still another, and more 
formidable obstacle to contend with, and that was the fact 
that western dairy products were extremely poor, and to 
change this fact was the all important thing to do. It took 
long years of patient labor, much investigation and at times 
great looes before the fact was changed so as to be known 
and recognised. This great and desirable change in the 
character and commercial value of dairy products in Wis- 
con   has been greatly accelerated. and promoted by the 

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