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
Beach, Charles R.
Opening address, pp. 19-23 PDF (994.8 KB)
OPUNNG ADDRSS. OPENING ADDRESS. by CAXLU IL BRAc WhItewater, President of the Association. N.,sbere of Me Wisconsin -Dairymen'e Association, Ladies and Gentlemen: - Permit me on this tenth annual meeting of this aociation to congratulate you upon the favorable circumstances under which we have met, and at the same time to congratulate not only you, but the whole body of Wisconsin dairymen, upon the rapid development and growth of this great industry, its pres- ent prosperous condition and the favorable outlook for its perma- noence and continued prosperity. The most sanguine of those of yoU who ten years ago met to organize this association could not have antieipated the growth of to-day. To-day, Wisconsin butter and cheese are known and their merits recognized wherever, throughout the world, American products find a market; Ten years ago, the products of the dairy of this state amounted to about twenty four million pounds of butter, consumed mostly at home, and not far from sixteen million pounds of cheese. The products of the current year will not fall much below seventy million pounds of butter and thirty million pounds of cheese; and the quality has improved in a ratio almost if not equal to the increase of the pro- duction. Our Vefm of cold storage, our improved methods of transportation byrefrigerating cars and ice compartments on steam- ships, are entirely the growth of the last ten years, so that we are to-day enabled to place our produots in almost every market of the world as sweet and as fresh as when sent from the dairy or factory. Perhaps there is no single branch of industry that has within the past ten years brought so much direct wealth to the state as dairy- ing. But valuable as is the wealth the dairy has produced, the direct and indirect influence which is exerted in stimulating and elevating all the branches of farm industry, together with its tend- ency to call out &ad give full play to all the higher intellectual qualities of those engaged in production, are of still greater value. The success which has thus far attended dairying in Wisconsin may be attributed in part to our favorable location. Our cheap lands and cheap corn have given us an advantage over the dairy- men of the older states. But, beyond us, toward the setting sun, vast states with boundless capacity for production will soon be to 19
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