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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Thirty-second annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Platteville, Wis., February 10, 11 and 12, 1904. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays and discussions relating to the dairy interests

Hardin, L. S.
[Remarks],   pp. 123-130 PDF (1.6 MB)

Page 123

Wiscorn Dairymen'8 Awociaiiom 
consin, estimated I believe at thirty dollars, and too niany of 
our patrons are only getting from thirty to thirty-five dollars 
per cow. 
It is the duty of every creamery and every patron to do some- 
ihing for the support. of the National Dairy Union, that has 
done, and is doing, so much to keep oleomargarine from coming 
into competition with butler. 
Just because we have a law to compel oleomargarine to be 
sold for what it is, is no sign that we have no further need of an 
*:)rganizatior like the National Dairy Union, because the stat- 
utes will not execute themselves, and unless we are ready at all 
times to take the offensive, the oleo dealers with their great 
wealth may do us an injury that would be hard to recover from. 
In this case, as in everything else, eternal vigilance is not only 
the price of liberty, but the price we must pay if we succeed. 
Mr. L S. Hardin: I heard down in Chicago, two or three 
years ago, that the finest grades of butter have become smaller 
in quantity in proportion to the other grales. They said then 
it had got down to ten per cenbt: now, I believe they measure it 
about eight per cent. Supposing that is true, will Mr. Moore 
tell us what he thinks is the cause of it? 
Mr. Moore: One of the reasons is that the standard for but- 
ter is becoming higher all the time, and there are so many but- 
ter makers who rely on what they think they know and don't 
care to learn any more. They don't read dairy .papers or any 
papers devoted to their particular line of business; they don't 
go to the dairy school, they don't belong to an association like 
this as they ought to do, and come in contact with other makers 
and keep track of the improvements that are going on. They 
lie beck and the business is getting ahead of them. If we do 
not move ahead, we retrograde; there is no such thing as stand- 

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