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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
(1904)

Marty, Fred
Wisconsin Swiss cheese industry,   pp. 95-98 PDF (869.9 KB)


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Thirty-second Annuval RBport of LA. 
own use. Finally some Swiss cheese was made, fair in size, 
and bronght to market by the farmer himself; and so it has 
kept on increasing, from year to year, that; up to date in Wis- 
consin, we manufacture 20,000,000 pounds or $2,000,000 
worth of foreign cheese. 
But yet little attention was paid by the state to our branch 
of cheese manufacturing, until four years ago, when the 
Southern Wisconsin Cheese Makers' Association was organ- 
ized. The help of the state, has helped the Swiss cheese in- 
dustry wonderfully, in many ways, and many new improve- 
ments which we have to-day were brought about by the gener- 
ous efforts made by our worthy President of the Southern 
Wisconsin Cheese Makers' Association. We have, to-day, the 
opportunity to receive theoretical lectures, given by the differ- 
ent professors at the Dairy School, in which our cheese 
makers are far behind, with the exception of a few who have 
attended the Dairy School in Switzerland; we also get prae- 
tical instruction in three different kinds of foreign cheese. 
We also have to-day a traveling cheese instructor, whose duty 
you all are aware of, and I think by the aid of an instructor, 
a more uniform quality of cheese can be obtained; a more uni- 
form system in manufacturing will only do this; in which our 
cheese makers differ so much in their ideas, and we know of 
factories, who used to be troubled for a half a season in mAk- 
ing cheese; this all can be stopped, as shown last summer at 
different places, in a few days' work; and in the last but most 
important of all, is the authority which is given to the instructor 
by the Dairy and Food Commissioner, to uphold the sanitary 
condition of the cheese factories. 
The Association also took action on freight rates, on more 
just rates on the dairy products of that section of the state. 
All the Association asks, is a sufficient reduction on freight 
rates to be equal to the rates now in action or force in the 
neighboring states, from points similar distant to the Chicago 
market, which would enable the shippers on this side of the 
state to compete with the shippers on the other side. A 
reduction from 33 cents to 28 cents a hundred, has already 
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