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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Thirty-second annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Platteville, Wis., February 10, 11 and 12, 1904. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays and discussions relating to the dairy interests

Hoard, W. D.
Address,   pp. 46-51 PDF (1.2 MB)

Page 47

Wiscomlina Dairyvne's Associatio.        47 
the market and the constant complaint from the cutting down 
of prices-the West Salem creamery had to cut down the price 
cf two shipments of their butter fifty per cent. Now, I may 
be wrong, but in my judgment a large proportion of this loss 
comes from bad ventilation. 
In ordinary winters the cattle are out more. This winter it 
has been impossible to let them stay out more than a little while, 
because if we did it told on the milk receipts. Now, what 
should we do? As my observation goes, with reference to the 
average farmer, not one in a hundred has any idea of two im- 
portant things in a stable, and they are light and ventilation. 
A farmer by the name of Schmidt living but a few miles 
from Fort Atkinson lost twenty-nine cows out of thirty-two by 
tuberculosis. Mr. Tratt told me he never saw so vile a stable in 
his life. That man introduced one tuberculous cow into the lot, 
shut up the stable tight, and inside of six months lost twenty- 
nine out of thirty-two. It was like a hot house, the seeds of the 
disease rapidly developed, and this was the result. Now, if 
you had talked to that man, you could not have affected him at 
all by speech, but the sad story that ruined this man finally 
showed where his contempt for science had led him. If some- 
body had read the facts to him, he would very likely have said, 
"Oh, that is some of your book-farming." All over this land, 
my good friends, the farmer is poisoned to death today with his 
prejudices concerning what he calls book-farming. Suppose 
the lawyer should have a contempt for book law, or the doctor 
for book medicine or the engineer for book physics, where would 
those men get to at last in striving to understand the truth? 
Now, here we are dealing with the most profound and, at the 
same time, the most important, facts of our existence, and all 
over this state you can see-riding down on the cars even today 
with my face to the window I saw not one single cow stable 
with sufficient light in it. Now, what is the matter? Why 
should the farmer do these things, why shouldn't he put plenty 
of light in his stable I 
I built a cow barn a few years ago, and stuck in the windows 
just as close as I could, every three feet, clear around on three 

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