The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on June 11, 1946 · Page 13
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 13

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, June 11, 1946
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JUNE IS DAIRY MONTH IN KOSSUTH COUNTY AND THE NATION r DesMoines June 11, 1946 t 7! . Special Kossuth County DAIRY MONTH * Edition Can Boast 22,000 Dairy Cows LAEST COUNTY There is nearly one dairy cow for every human -being' in Kossuth county This interesting . fact was brought forth by A. L. Brown, county agent, who stated that the most recent survey made of dairy cows showed that total in the county. In other words, next to human : beings, there are more dairy cows 'jthan any other creature in Iowa's ';Jlargest county. 12 Million Gallons But that's only part of the These 22,000 dairy cowi of Kossuth county are producing,, about 12.000.000 gallons of. milk and""576ffd,000 pounds of butieifat a year. Perhaps that is tre reason why many Kossuth farmers are 'not not only interested—but vitally interested—in anything affecting dairying as an industry and as a source of income. • .To keep pace with this tremendous volume of milk, there is a co-operative creamery in jvery town in Kossuth county, including Algeria. In every case, L hese co-operative creameries are Dne of the biggest, if not the big- jest industry in their communi- ies. Milk Drying Plants There are also milk drying >lants at both Whittemore and *lgona, The county also have two dairy isi-d improvement associations, of which more is told in a separate story about the D.I H. "In addition there is Association, of which Floyd Bode is president, and Harold Jones 'of Swea City, secretary, organized to stimulate interest and improve the dairy business. This association meets once a month to discuss problems of mutual interest. Dairying interests and promotion are not exclusively the pride ot Minnesota and Wisconsin, also dairy states. And there are 22,000 dairy cows in Kossuth county alone that claim a share in the nation's dairy business of no small proportion. At the Henry Miller place in Prairie township, recently, Mr. Miller with the aid of his four young sons, was out building ome fences, a fine example of the .vorld of tomorrow. JUNE DAIRY Presented here is the June Dairy Month Edition of the Aigona newspapers. . We believe it is one of the largest special sections of iis kind in the 10-year history of Dairy Month,- at least insofar as .weekly newspapers {•.re concerned. This section, tabloid styie, of 16 pages, is dedicated to June Dairy Month in gen- 'er?l, and to the Kossuth dairy farmers in particular. It has been impossible to present thumbnail sketches of every'dairy farmer in the county. However, every effort has been made to offer an overall picture of dairy farming, bringing to you information of the chief dairy breeds and experiences of well known local dairymen in building up their herds. We believe the information contained herein will be of general county interest. We salute the dairy industry—one of Kossuth county's greatest asseisl Cows Get "Honor Discharge" but Work is Far from Done Boys as "Future Farmers" «ti 17. of jryjngton hoTlivfSfmiles AW-four .bjys are active in 4 T R cljtib '" ' We're only too glad to tell the nation about the importance of the dairy industry and the part it plays in the national health and economy. There are approximately 140,000,000 people in the United States. According to the latest United States census about 2,400,000 farms produce dairy products for sale. The operators of these farms are the men, and women too. who produce the milk from which all dairy foods are manufactured. Last year, the Department of Agriculture said there were 25,519,000 milk cows on the nation's farms. These cows produced 122,219,000.000 pounds of mjlk, or roughly about 4,800 pounds per cow. This •ya's 200 pounds of milk more per cow than the national average in the five yeur period 1936-40. Also there were about 2,300,000,000 more cows. The dairy farmers of America did this despite the terrific burdens brought on- by the war. The milk production goal this year is 120.500.000,000 pounds. Cash re'ceipts for dairy farmers in 1945 were estimated by the Department of Agriculture to toe in excess of $3,508.000,000 or about 15 per cent of the nation's total agricultural cash income. This is in addition to the large quantities of beef and veal supplied by the dairy industry. Milk is the largest single source of 'farm income. Capital invested in the dairy industry exceeds that invested in any other industry in the nation. Milk, butter, cheese, ice cream and other dairy products annually create an output valued in excess of $6.000,-, 000,000. . , „ One out of every 15 families In the nation is dependent on milk for a livelihood, This is quite a bit of progress since that day in J63? when the entire American dairy herd consisted of three heifers and a hull which the. Mayflower had brought to the Pilgrims on her second voyage to Plymouth Rock. The reasons behind the shortage of putter and cheese stem directly from the war. Normally, huge quantities of otherwise surplus milk are made into butter and cheese during the early summer "'flush" months when green pastures and sunny weather causes cows to produce milk in a veritable flood. This butter and cheese then is "fed" into trade channels later, in the year when milk production shrinks, feast; year, th_ e government requisitioned on set aside 1 orders most of the "flush" production of butter arid cheese for use by the armed orces and for lend'lease, When the war ended suddenly in August, lie ^'f|ush« l prodded "butter and cheese already was in possession of he government, ajid milk production was in its usual seasonal decline. Pheiv vvhen winter's sMrt milk production season arrived and with it he ?en»oya} of-r$tiqning restrictions on dairy foods, there was no 'cushion" of summer produced butter and cheese to take up the slack, for jhe shortage urei gn iv«ry

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