Southern Wisconsin Cheesemakers' and Dairymen's Association / Proceedings of the eleventh annual meeting of the Southern Wisconsin Cheesemakers' and Dairymen's Association held at Monroe, Wisconsin, Friday and Saturday, January 20 and 21, 1911
Stauffacher, S. J.
Annual address, pp. 30-39
36 ElEhVENTII ANNUAL CONVENTION. becoming true of the cheese industry. Unless the cheese- dealers of Southern Wisconsin who are prilliarily at fault in this matter will desist ill running all over this country like hungry wolves devouring almost anything and every- thing regardless of qualitv for about same price - our swiss cheese industr y must suffer in fact it has already (lone s5. We have sacrificed quality for (Iuatntitv an(l inl mallN cases for the mere sake of getting the cheese. On this account when cheese prices soar as high as thev (lid the past year until they reached in a few instances 18 cents per poun(l f. o. b. factory. Ab price which never was the market it simply a price made by- the clheese dealers. The was no more call for 181 cent swiss cheese the past year than there was for chicken teeth. It was simply a wild move onl the part of the dea lers in Southern Wisconsin to out (1o one another. In this mad(l rush for cheese quality wits sacrificed. Consequently the cheese markets of this country turned our cheese down and the imnportedl cheese took its place. I know of one New York firm that importe(l 150)1 tubs. What has beer. true of this firm has been true to a greater or less degree of a great many other firms in this country Our swiss cheese was stored away because of high price and the imported( cheese filled the market. Because John Jones received 18 cents for his cheese after Mr. Jones telephoned to all the available dealers and thru hard work was stuccessful in getting meagre five cents raise per hundred pounds from some dealer is no reason why his neighbor Peter Baker should receive the same price. If Peter Baker has a better grade of cheese he should receive more, if he has a poorer grade he should receive less, for all cheese should be bought according to quality and at market prices. Because of these conditions, I beleive for the good of the cheese industry, if possible, we should establish a cheese board somewhere in this vicinity where farmers and dealers can meet, where cheese will be bought at market according to quality and not according to the whims of dealers who carried away by the excitement of ringing
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