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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Eleventh annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Elk-horn, Wis., January 31, and February 1 and 2, 1883. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays relating to the dairy interests

Curtis, T. D.
Undetermined points in butter-making,   pp. 41-49 PDF (2.0 MB)

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so much poor butter goes into market, or that imitation but- 
ter can be substituted for the neutral kind? 
Mr. W. D. Hoard-What shall we do to reduce butter- 
malking to a determinate position? 
Mr. T. D. Curtis-I will tell you what we are thinking of 
doing in our state. We have got an experimental station 
and we calculate on having these experiments gone through 
to determine these questions-determined as much as we 
can. Until we have some kind of scientific basis for what 
we do-scientific directions by which to make our butter-I 
don't see how we are going to come to any conclusion. 
Mr. Hoard-Under these circumstances would you not 
take this body of butter-makers, represented by this conven- 
tion, and use it as a sledge-hammer to pound into the con- 
sciences of the people that something should be done with 
the intelligence and money of these people of Wisconsin. 
Ole Bull relates a story about going through a fair at 
Donnybrook and seeing an Irishman sitting on a barrel, fid- 
dling for dear life. He was working desperately hard. He 
says: "Do you play by ear?" "Divil an ear." "Do
play by note? " "Divil a note." " Well, how do you play?"
"By main strength, be jabers." 
Now, that seems to be the general state of butter making 
in Wisconsin. There is wide and diversified judgment, and 
no butter man has cornered all the facts, but he has cor- 
nered all the conceit. He believes his theory is the best, and 
the other one believes his is best, and the result is you can 
not say he has had no experience. The farmers of Wiscon- 
sin pay seven-tenths of all the taxes in the state, represent- 
ing the great bulk of property in the state, and on these 
matters they ask and expect so little from their money and 
the organized forces of the state. 
I believe before we are through with this convention that 
we ought to pass a resolution asking the legislature of Wis- 
consin, at its present session, to devote some intelligence to 
the discoverr of the system or systems whereby the agricul- 

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