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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Fortieth annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Beloit, Wis., November, 1911. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays and discussions relating to the dairy interests

Cunningham, L. B.
Address of welcome,   pp. [5]-6 PDF (385.9 KB)

Goodrich, C. P.
Response,   pp. 6-7 PDF (446.1 KB)

Page 6

Fortieth Ann aa Report of the
(The Chairman: We will ask Mr. Goodrich, one of our oldest dairy-
men, to say a word in response to this address of welcome.)
Mr. President, Mr. Mayor, Citizens of Beloit: I have been interested
in the dairy business for a great many years. When I first commenced,
there was just a few dairy cows and a few men who thought they were
dairymen. Dairying has made a- wonderful improvement, and I tell
you the people of Wisconsin do not realize the magnitude of the dairy
business in their state. At the last census we had 1,500,000 dairy cows,
and taking the young cattle, the heifers, etc., it makes 2,000,000 cows,
and they are valued at $100,000,000; dairy products worth $200,000,000
*-              have been shipped out of Wisconsin the past year. Those are
big figures,
but you can't prove they are not true. The dairy business Is bringing
us a whole lot of money; it is giving us enough money so that we can
educate our children. The next generation will have a chance to do a
great deal better than we have done, be more civilized human beings
than we were when we were young.
And that Is not all; that is not the best thing about it by a great deal.
We are building up ana conserving for fertility of the soil, which Is of
the greatest Importance. The generations that follow us will have a
great heritage,-land where they can get a better living than they can
now in many places In many parts of the country, where the soil was
naturally a great deal richer than it was here. Lately I have been
through the state of Iowa, naturally the best agricultural soil In the
country, but I tell you they are wasting their soil a great deal more
than we are. We are producing more than they are now, and they used
to produce much more than we did. The Dairymen's Association has
had a great deal to do with this improvement and the increased wealth
of the country.
Mr. Scribner called to the chair.
The Chairman: Friends, it is a great pleasure to me to take the
chair for a few moments while we have a word from our president. The
dairy interests of the country have changed wonderfully since the good
old days Mr. Goodrich talked about. A good many of us thought we
were dairymen in those days, but In fact were not very good ones. I
remember the first time I heard Mr. Goodrich talk at a meeting. He
told us then that he had cows making 300 pounds of butter in a year,
and I thought that was wonderful. I went home and commenced

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