Agricultural Economics Department



J. T. Allan

Date of this Version

January 1883


Published by the Union Pacific Railway Company's Land Department, Omaha, Nebraska, 1883.


The question with every farmer is, how to make the most from his land. Grain growing by itself will not do it, but grain, stock and dairying will. While crops of corn, oats, rye and millet are growing, the cows are turning the grass of the prairie into butter, calves and hogs. The butter brings cash monthly; the calves and hogs convert the grain into beef and pork. The demand for butter, cheese and condensed milk is increasing faster than the supply, and the market at our western doors, where good articles will always bring the highest prices, will take all the surplus which Nebraska will for years produce. Not what might be produced if a million more acres of her now unused pasture lands were occupied. The object of this article is to give a sketch of the creameries of the State, and those which have been built in the Platte valley during the year in Nebraska, to show the profitable working of the system to the manufacturer, and the demand for an increase of butter and cheese factories. The profit pf the farmer is shown by the statements of reliable men, with some practical remarks as to the proper means of bringing the work of the farmer up to the highest standard of profit.