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)
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 no
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