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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

Sherman, H. D.
The progress and reputation of western butter,   pp. 34-38 PDF (1.0 MB)

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to raise our hogs. We are paying $1.30 a hundred for the privilege 
of taking off the cream, and then returning it. The milk returns to 
them this season of the year sweet. We hold it thirty odd hours, 
until there is no more cream oomes upon it for butter, and then we 
return it. The progress in the manufacturing of butter, in its qual- 
ity, has been very marked in the last eight years, as I have bought 
many carloads of butter in Iowa at from six to ten cents a pound, 
and now we are selling at forty cents. During last summer we sold 
no butter at less than twenty-eight cents a pound. Of course this 
shows that by establishing the factory system we have succeeded. 
4bur average price to our farmers during the summer for the cream, 
returning the milk, as we did for the year 1881, was ninety cents 
and $1.00 per one hundred pounds. Of course we are paying $1.30 
now, but in the summer we cannot pay tbat amount. 
To show you the advance in the manufacture of butter in our 
vicinity, fifty years ago in our town I handled all the butter that 
came to our town, nights and Saturdays. Last year we handled 
ten million seven hundred and seventy-five thousand pounds of 
milk. This shows something of the progress of the factory system 
in eight years since we commenced manufacturing by the creamery 
system. It would seem to me very great folly for me to undertake 
to tell you how we make butter, because I know you all know how 
to make it a gret deal better thanwe can. As I told you, I in- 
vited Mr. Smith to come ovpr from your state, and he has very 
kindly done so, and I have availed myself of this opportunity of 
coming to your state to get some points myself. There is another 
point it may be well to speak of. Supposing that every dairyman 
in Wisconsin the same as in Iowa is seeking to get the most possi- 
be out of his cows. I will say here that my observation is that it 
requires of the dairyman a careful examination and knowledge of 
every cow they milk. In other tords, the cream test should be in 
the dairy, used by every dairyman in the land, if he would make the 
dairy a success. Some of our people say, "It don't make much 
difference to us whether we deliver to the factory rich milk or poor 
milk;" but it is not so; it must makes difference. No factory man 
will run a factory any geat ength of time at a loss; he cannot do 
it Consequently if he gets thin milk he must pay thin prices; if 
he gets rich milk he can pay a rich prioe; and here at the beginning 
it seems to me that all of our dairymen should look well to the 
4-W. D. A. 

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