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
Griswold, H. D.
President's annual address, pp. 7-11 PDF (1.2 MB)
Fortieth Annual Report of the him how to clean his stables. I know there are a great many iniquities connected with the milk companies as a whole, and sometimes they are a dire enemy of the farmer, but they do a whole lot of good in some ways. I think down in this country, and between here and Chicago, the Borden Milk Company and the local milk companies in the cities have done a great deal toward compelling farmers who are not open to reason or to any enlightening suggestion at all, to produce more sanitary milk. I am glad indeed to say a word at this meeting of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association. This getting together of a few men interested in these problems Is a great thing for the state. I certainly am one of those who appreciate what this association has done for the dairymen of this state. And I think that the work they are at present engaged in, that of forming cow testing associations, is an exceedingly important one, particularly on the financial side of the business. I believe that it the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association never did any other thing than to institute and carry on the formation of these cow testing associa- tions, that it would have well justified its existence. I thank you. A. J. Glover: Mr. Chairman and Gentlemen: As secretary of this association I am perplexed constantly as to what course should be pur- sued by this association to be of the greater benefit to the state. When I was made secretary, some three or four years ago, a number of cow test- ing associations were being organized and run upon what we termed the fifty-cent plan. This plan was worked as follows: The farmer did his own weighing and sampling of milk, taking sam- ples of milk to the creamery where they were tested by the butter maker. When we began to study this, however, we found that at times, many of the farmers were indifferent to this work. The season when they were rushed with work would come on and it would be neglected, con- sequently we changed the system to the present one, which we term the dollar-plan. It is not necessary for me to say what that system is, but I will say that we have over five thousand cows at the present time under test and twelve active cow testing associations in our state. Now, you might think that when we go into a place and demonstrate ~~~~~~~ _ _ _ - - - _- - - _ - - _ - _ - - _-__- -_- -__- -_- -__ wte individual udiferences ox cows, anu snow now greait EhOse luferences are, that men would not only be interested, but anxious, for their own sakes, to continue the work, but too often they grow indifferent, and it is only through the efforts of the cow tester, and Mr. Searles, who looks directly after these associations, that they are kept up to the mark and the record of the cows secured. We have had men drop out daying they did not want to know any more about their cows; they were so poor they could not afford to spend any more on them. A good many things creep in, but there 18 one particular thing I will speak of: A Aood Many breeders of pure bred cattle do not wish to knqw whAt their l - 10 i 4 I I t I I ki i 4 Ij f! i I t I II I I I
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