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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
(1882)

Hazen, Chester
My mistakes as a dairyman,   pp. 94-97 PDF (842.6 KB)


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WISCONSIN D YicaNyr's ASsOATION. 
dairymen to embark in speculation in even their own products. 
But while I may have made many mistakes that apply to our dairy 
interest, I never have regarded it a mistake that I assisted some 
others in organizing the Wisoonsia Dairymen's Association. W4 
organized in 1872, and the dairy interest has been on the increase; 
from that time till this. Our meetings have been well attended, 
with only a few exceptions, increasing in interest and in numbers 
in attendance every season. Last winter was a very cold, stormy. 
winter, and the attendance was not so good as some seasons before. 
At the age of ten years the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association ap- 
pears to have assumed a proportion which enables her to produce 
a golden calf, or in other words, $10,000,000 for dairy products. 
Allowing the calf to be worth $10,000,000 we have faith to b.- 
lieve this cow in the next decade will increase her products to v*t 
less than four times that amount. 
Tho progress of the dairy interests of this state are beyond aU 
our expectations of ten years ago. With the present advantages 
and the facilities that are being put forth, our standard of geods 
will be elevated. Sheboygan is the dairy oounty of the state. 
Fifteen, sixteen or seventeen years ago I started a chede factory 
in Fond du Lac county. I think, fourteen years ago, I manufac-P 
tured there ajone half as much cheese as Sheboygan county prow 
dueed. Farmers in our county were not willing to Ireep cows and 
attend to the dairy business, many of them. We had a set of 
Y ankee farmers there that wanted to cultivate large farms. Since 
that time Sheboygan has been divided up into *mallerfarms. The 
farmers have put cows upon them, and. they continued to increase 
in dairy products, beyond any oalculations that might have been 
made at that timo. There is yet plenty of room for an increase of 
the dairy interests of this state. The demand seems to increase as 
fast as the supply. If we have to quit the dairy business, it will 
be after eastern dairymen have quit. Transportation is cheap. We 
can transport our goods from here to New York city as cheap as. 
they can from the western part of New York state. We have all 
the advantage of them on cheap lands, the production of corn, and 
as good a country as they have. There is  reason why we cannot 
compete with them and make money out of it, when they will have 
to quit it. If our western dairymen could go back to New York 
state, they would be somewhat surprised to see how saving they 
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