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Des Moines Iowa Homestead (Newspaper) - November 1, 1917, Des Moines, Iowa
Vol. Lxii. No. 44. Des Moines Iowa november 1, 1917. Whole no. 3134 representatives of the government made it Plain to the thousands of dairymen at Columbus Ohio last week that Uncle Sam must lean very heavily upon the herds and herdsmen of America for support during the world War. The eleventh annual National Dairy show was held in the magnificent new coliseum on the Ohio state fair grounds. In fact the Dairy show crowds helped to dedicate to the service of. The live Stock Industry this another great Structure. From the standpoint of the building and grounds there Are Many who would like to go to Colum bus again but other events which make it improbable that the next show will be held in the Buckeye state. Evidently the people of Columbus do not appreciate the great Ness of such an exhibition As the National Dairy show association put on at Columbus this year judging by the attendance last. Week. Surely there Are thousands of Farmers within a few hours ride of Columbus who would have been glad to have attended the show had they understood what it was. But the weather was very bad on the big Days when the world s pick of jerseys. Holsteins Guernsey Ayrshire and Brown Swiss were brought into the ring. Ohio has for the most part very Good roads but cold penetrating Days with a Light drizzle of rain or a Snow falling most of the time Are not conducive to Overland travel. Hence there is some excuse for the Small attendance in automobiles on the part of Ohio Farmers. One cannot so readily find an excuse for the people of Columbus a City of people. These people should have attended by the thousands. Stu dents should have been present in Masse at this great show. But the people of Columbus seemed to look upon the Dairy show As an Opportunity to Rake in the shekels and they proceeded on the theory that Opportunity knocks but perhaps in another year Columbus would show greater appreciation of such a show with sup port which the show merited. There Are those who believe that the policy of moving the show about each year is a mistake and that the show would be stronger if firmly established in one City. As to year s show decision As to the place will be made probably in january. Chicago Minneapolis Milwaukee Kansas City and St. Louis Are Candi dates for entertaining the show and we venture the assertion that any one of them will outstrip Columbus in local support. The East May also make a Strong bid for the 1918 show and the East knows appreciate a Dairy show As was shown at Springfield in while Columbus offered poor support to the show visitors from Long distances came in As Large numbers As was expected. There Are Many thousands of lovers of the Dairy cow who will travel a thousand Miles or two to witness the com petition in classes in the National Dairy show ring. The Grain Belt states furnished a Good part of the crowd and As the award lists will show a Good part of the animals which carried away Blue ribbons. The West has in times past bowed to the East in prize Dairy cattle but the West has made rapid Progress and with its abundance of grasses and grains and the rough feeds is sure to be the final Center of Dairying As an Industry. This is not said in disparagement of those men who have worked for years in the East building up Breeds of cattle which have furnished our foundation Stock for Western herds. Nor do we expect the Western breeders to Gallop away in the near future with All the ribbons offered. But the West will make its showing and from the vast number of her herds will come Stock which she need have no fear of entering in any show ring. For volume of production which is getting away from the purely sporting end of the business the West must Lead and the great increases which the government is demanding in Dairying must be made Here on our hillsides and in the Rich valleys of the Grain Belt. New York and new England and even Pennsylvania cannot add very materially to their Dairy re sources though there will be a steady growth due to better feed ing better Breeding and More careful work on the part of the Dairyman. But new York and new England Are close to their limits of feed production and in times when much feed must be bought and at prevailing prices the Chance for increasing the business is greatly reduced. But the Grain Belt Farmers can Al most every one of them keep a few More cows. Almost every one of them can raise a Little More feed to take care of these few More cows. The room for expansion of the Dairy business is from
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