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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Tenth annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Sheboygan, Wis., January 11-13, 1882. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays relating to the dairy interests

Torrey, R. D.
Response to address of welcome,   pp. 17-18 PDF (424.2 KB)

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Through the energy &ad fresh impetus given to the dairy interests 
through the direct influence of this association, Wisconsin leads at 
the great international dairy fairs of the east and comes back with 
her exhibits covered with blue ribbons; and it is gratifying to 
know that amid the many discouragements of other branches of 
farming, this society has shown clearly that the "milky way" is
way of life, financially at least, to many of our citizens. Conven- 
tions of this character are calculated, planned and carried out for 
the benefit of al. They have for their object the improvement of 
all who attend them, as well as all who are engaged in this in- 
dustry. They provoke rivalry and commendable competition in the 
race after the perfect. They bring out the better thoughts and 
better methods s aids in attaining such perfection. They are not 
exclusive, but are for al. This is so true that if the secretary 
of this society finds any one who is so indifferent to his own in- 
terests as to absent himself from them, he sends him a volume of 
the proceedings that he may be convinced of the error of his ways 
and join the great army of successful dairymen, and one, at least, 
of the thrifty dairymaids of the state. In these conventions Wis- 
consin leads again, for no other state devotes so much time or 
thought to such meetings; in fact, it may truthfully be said the 
Badgers inaugurated them. 
The results are seen everywhere in improved stock and farms 
and more intelligent farming. In increased products and enhanced 
values, in a greater or less degree, as the thoughts and suggestions 
gained here are acted upon. Mr. Mayor, not being a member of 
this society (though of a kindred one), permit me to say you honor 
yourselves when you welcome these representative men of the 
great dairy interests of Wisconsin to your city to hold their annual 
convention; and I will close by saying for them and myself, I thank 
you for the hearty greeting to the Wisconsin Dairymen's Associs- 
tion, and hope you and many of your citizens will avail themselves 
of the opportunity and be present at all of its sessions. 

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