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)
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. DISCUSSION. 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- 0 123
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