Model Dairy Building

The Model Dairy was located among the Livestock barns, not far from the Dairy Building. The idea behind the dairy was to exhibit the science of dairying, and so the stables presented the most modern design, the dairy equipment was the latest, and the record-keeping was meticulous. All of which was intended to encourage visiting farmers to do the same after they returned home.

During the Exposition, 5 cows from 10 or 11 breeds were milked each day. From 8 a.m. - Noon each day demonstrations were held on separating the milk, churning, testing, etc. Records were kept of the daily performance of each cow with respect to production and costs for the finished product. All the milk and buttermilk produced were served to visitors.

Breeds of cows included American Devonshire Cattle Association, American Guernsey Cattle Club, American Polled Jersey Club, Ayshire Breeders' Assocation, Brown Swiss Breeders' Assocation, Dutch Belted Cattle Breeders' Assocation, Red Polled Cattle Club of America, Canadian Ayrshire Breeders' Assocation, Canadian Jersey Cattle Association, Canadian Holstein Freisien Association,
Dominion Short Horn Breeders' Association, French-Canadian Cattle Breeders' Association.

Edward Van Alstyne, Assistant Superintendent, was in charge of this building, which was part of the Exposition Agriculture exhibit.

From the Buffalo Evening News, April 25, 1901

...Six new cows were added to the entries in the model dairy contest this morning when that number of brown Swiss milkers arrived at the stock barn.

The cows were "Flawetta," "Nicola," and "Lily," belonging to E.M.Barton of Hinsdale, Ill., "Hope" and "Hope of Minnesota," belonging to T. H. Inman of Hanover, Wis., and one, name unknown, owned by Judge Laughlin of Chicago. It came from his stock farm at Lebanon, Conn. The cows are in charge of W. J. Hamilton of Hinsdale. When the Exposition opens the interests of the Brown Swiss contestants for the model dairy blue ribbon will be looked after by Porter H. Davis of Michigan.


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