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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Thirty-first annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Fond du Lac, Wis., February 11, 12 and 13, 1903. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays and discussions relating to the dairy interests

Aderhold, E. L.
Reports of cheese instructors,   pp. 62-69 PDF (1.9 MB)

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Tre were twenty composite samples and when I had taken 
A sample from the last jar, after inviting their particular atten- 
tion, I added four small doses of water to the jar and toolk a sam 
pie between each dose. The finished test showed them a reduced 
per cent of fat for each dose of water added and they were con- 
vinced that the Babcoek test does show how rich the milk is. 
Then I talked to them in their own language for an hour, after 
which they were satisfied that paying bay test is the right w&.y, 
providing the testing is correctly done, and they voted to awevt 
pay on the fat basis. 
The basis of opposition to the test systehl is ignorance, and one 
day spent in making demonstrations in correct testing will disnel 
more foolish notions that a year's talking will. 
Farmers, like other people, are afraid of doing business under 
a method with which they are unacquainted and it is certainly a 
fact that a large majority of the cheesemakers do not possess the 
ability to so demonstrate and explain milk testing as to mike the 
farmers feel sufficiently acquainted with the test system. 
As it is not practicable to make these demonstrations by lamp- 
light it seew expedient that day meetings be held. But I have 
found by experience that it is simply impossible, under ordinary 
cirmunstances, to get an attendance at a day meeting after spring 
work has begtnu 
It is customary to hold annual meetings at cheese factories. 
The time of holding these meetings begins in February and ex- 
tends into April. They usually are, or can be, held in the day 
As there is a good attendance on these occasions and as plans 
for the future are acted upon at these meetings they certainly 
furnish the very best opportunity for missionary work- 
Last, year, for the first time, I started out early enough to at- 
tend a few annual meetings and the result was so encouraging 
that I deem it pertinent to suggest to the management of this 
!ssociation that they make arrangements whereby the instructors 
can attend as many annual meetings as possible. I feel certain 
that if such a change is made there will be a good demand by 
farmers as well as by factorymen for the instructor's services at 
these annual gatherings and I feel equally certain that the ef- 
ciency of the instrucets work will be greatly inczeased. 

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