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The ranch. (Seattle, Wash.) 1902-1914, January 01, 1913, Image 1

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Dairy Meeting at Mount Vernon and the President's Address.
The most successful meeting the
State Dairymen's Association has
ever held was the meeting at Mount
Vernon December 11-13. There were
more than 300 members and friends
of the great dairy industry in at
tendance and great interest was
taken in all the addresses and papers.
The citizens of Mount Vernon
showed the right spirit in making the
stay of their visitors pleasant and in
showing their appreciation of their
visit. They took the entire body in
an auto ride about the fertile valley
and gave them a banquet on Thurs
day evening which will be long re
Beautiful Herd of Ayrshire Dairy Cows Owned by A. P. Stockwell, Montesano, Wash.
Among the speakers of note were
W. S. V. Robb, of Kent; Prof. Mc-
Donald and N. Sorenson, tbe tlrst day.
The second day Prof. McDonald ad
dressed a class of students on stock
judging; Prof. Severance spoke on
forage crops, one of the most im
portant matters for the dairymen. O.
O. Van Uouton spoke on tbe subject
of cow testing and gave some splen
did results. Messrs. Flowers and
MoKatcheon gave some good talks.
C. W. Orton spoke on diversified farm
ing and U. H. Stewart told the con
denser's side of the low price now
being paid for milk. The address was
one of the most interesting of all to
those present. A. B, Nystrom, dairy
editor of The Ranch gave a splendid
paper on cow feeding.
The address of the President was a
most excellent one and was listened
to with marked attention. He said:
It is an encouraging sign and pres
ages success for any industry when
we see representative men from all
sections of the state assembled to ex
change views, advance ideas, and
formulate plans for the up building,
betterment and protection of the ln
dustrv in which they are engaged,
I and 1 prophesy for this meeting held
in the beautiful city of Mt. Vernon
the center of one of the richest dairy
sections of tbe state, results, that will
be far reaching and of lasting benefit
to every dairyman of the state. I
extend the glud hand of welcome to
the gentlemen here present represent
ing the Federal and State institutions,
who are doing valuable work in assist
ing, in both scientific and practical
lines, the development of the most
important industry of this State and
Nation, viz., that of farming. I al9o
extend a welcome to the manufact
urers of dairy products and extend to
them a hearty invitation to participate
in our proceedings and deliberations.
These gentlemen should, and I think
do, realize that their permanent suc
cess and prosperity can only be obtain
ed through and by the prosperity of
the producer. I extend friendly
greetings to all visitors and more
especially to the publishers of the
farm papers of this and neighboring
states. These gentlemen by their
labors are doing as much as any class
df citizens, and I except none, in
building up the dairy industry of th.
Pacific Coast States. With them it is
largely a labor of love for I believe if
looked at from a purely financial
standpoint they receive less for their
services than any other class of citi-
Zens engaged in this great work. The
subject matter of our home publica
tions is primarily intended to apply
to conditions on the Coast and are
worthy of and should receive all the
support and encouragement we can
give them.
In looking back over the past year
I find that prices paid for dairy pio
ducts and by-products have been
good, but the net proiits have not been
nearly so large as the profits in other
lines of business where the invest
ments are not nearly bo great nor the
business so onerous. No other class
50c Per Year; 5c the Copy
of business men put in as long hours
or under such trying conditions as
the dairy farmer. For him and his
family there is practically no recrea
tion, no holidays, no Sunday off,
they must be on the job all the time.
I say they, from the fact that it
frequently requires the work of the
entire family to make the investment
pay a fair rate of interest, and yet
strange as it may seem the public,
generally led on by the press begrudge
the farmer what he is making, and
seem to think tuat because the cost
of living has advanced the farmer is
gettiug all the benefits of the advance.
Such is not the case.
All of the clothing, boots and shoes,
form implements and machinery and
the necessities of life that the farmer
and iiis family must have, have in
some instances doubled; for food of
all kinds to board his help and the
Wildes he has to pay he h'uds a mark
ed increase in prices. The winter
grain rations of his cows has advanced
about one hundred per cent iv the
last twelve years and so on down the
lino. Ten or twelve years ago a dairy
farmer in this state during t*<e winter
months received about twenty-nine
cents as the highest price for butter
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