William Dempster Hoard looks back on the start of dairy farming in Wisconsin

Hoard Reviews Past and Paints Future (1916)

William Dempster Hoard (1836-1918) was instrumental in facilitating the shift from wheat to dairy farming by advocating the use of silos, refridgerated shipping, and government inspection of dairy products. His magazine, Hoard's Dairyman, reached tens of thousands of farmers nationwide. He also served as Wisconsin's governor, 1889-1891. In this letter to a meeting of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association he reviews conditions at the time he and a few associates tried to convert Wisconsin farmers "from the plow to the cow" and explains some of the techniques they used.

Related Topics: Mining, Logging, and Agriculture
The Rise of Dairy Farming
Creator: Hoard, William Dempster, 1836-1918
Pub Data: Oshkosh Northwestern, Dec. 5, 1916. Wisconsin Historical Society
Citation: "Hoard Reviews Past and Paints Future." Oshkosh Northwestern (5 December 1916); Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=706; Visited on: 11/27/2021