A history and statistical summary of dairying, 1860-1931.
By the early twentieth century, dairy farming had become the principle agricultural industry in Wisconsin. Over half of the state's farm income came from the sale of milk alone, in addition to the money derived from cattle and dairy by-products. This excerpt, from a bulletin prepared by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture and Markets at the start of the Depression, provides a statistical summary of Wisconsin's dairying industry, 1860-1930. Nearly every page includes a map, chart or statistical table. Produced in 1931, the bulletin also discusses the decrease in prices and farm wages that plagued Wisconsin farmers during the depression. Its type font is often quite small; zoom in on any paragraph or chart by double-clicking on the area you want to enlarge. Move the cursor and click again to see other parts of the same page.