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Wisconsin Dairymenís Association

est, 1872


The Wisconsin Dairymenís Association, organized in Watertown on February 15, 1872 was originally a Jefferson county organization, being the direct outgrowth of the old Jefferson County Dairymenís Association.




Businessmenís Association at its meeting last Tuesday night it, took up the matter of making an effort to secure the next convention of the Wisconsin Dairymenís Association and appointed a committee to solicit funds with which to guarantee expenses of the meeting.Our citizens have responded liberally to the committee's solicitation and the required amount has been raised.At Thursday night's meeting of the Business Men's association a resolution was passed extending an invitation to the dairymen and pledging all necessary aid if the convention is located here.†† WR



Efforts of the Watertown Business Men's Association to secure the next meeting of the Wisconsin Dairymen's association were not without avail, were at the meeting the executive committee of the dairymen at Fort Atkinson last Wednesday it was decided to hold the annual convention for 1900 in this city, February 14, 15, 16 and 17.


It is fitting that the annual convention should be held here, inasmuch as Watertown was the place of meeting nearly twenty-eight years when the Dairymen's association had its inception.In its endeavors to advance the dairying interests of the state the association has been eminently successful and the publicity given its deliberations has resulted in untold good to the Wisconsin who is numbered among the foremost dairymen of the world.

The association aims at all times to give special information relating to the work of the dairy farmer and its membership is very large.WR



Wisconsin Dairymen's Association

The Wisconsin Dairymen's Association originated in a resolution offered in the Jefferson County Dairymen's Association, Jan. 26, 1872, to issue a call for a meeting of Wisconsin dairymen, to be held at Watertown, Feb. 15, 1872. A few gentlemen met and organized the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association. The aim of the organization has been to secure improved methods of making butter and cheese and the best markets for shipment and sale. The association holds its annual meeting in January of each year for the discussion of the dairy interests. Dairy fairs are held at each meeting. There is printed annually by the State printer 2,000 copies of the transactions of the association. The Legislature receives 600 copies, the State Historical Society, Academy of Sciences, Art and Letters, State Agricultural Society and Northern Wisconsin Agricultural Association receive forty copies each; the remainder are distributed to the members of the association and generally over the State to all who make application for them. The association receives its support from members who join each year, paying the sum of $1, and by appropriations from the State. Wisconsin won first premium on butter in competition with the world; the second premium on Cheddar cheese (the first going to Canada), and the second on fancy shaped cheese at the International Dairy Fair, held in New York city in December, 1877. To the Dairyman's Association belongs the credit of raising the reputation of Wisconsin cheese and butter from the lowest to the highest rank.


Wisconsin Dairymen's Association

Definition: "This association was organized Feb. 15, 1872, at Watertown, by seven men ó Chester Hagen, Lagoda; H. S. Dousman, Waukesha county; Stephen and Alpheus D. Faville and H. C. Drake, all of Lake Mills; Walter S. Green of Milford, and W. D. Hoard of Fort Atkinson. The association aimed directly at the improvement of dairy products and the promotion along safe lines of the dairy industry. In 1872 there were but 40 cheese factories in the state; now there are 2,000; then, there were no creameries; now there are more than 1,000, besides hundreds of private creameries; then the value of the annual dairy product did not exceed $1,000,000; now it is upward of $55,000,000."



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†††††††††††††† A H Hartig, editor of "Hoard's Dairyman"

†††††††††††††† America's Dairyland Facts