Department of Dairy Husbandry
Ice on the farm is not a luxury. It is of economic importance. Some are inclined to class it as an article without which we can get along, but if a rural home has once had a plentiful supply of ice during one season ice will henceforth be regarded as a necessity. Homes in the various towns are supplied with ice from centralized storage, and the delivery company finds it possible to plan for and provide ice for the whole community. Such a plan cannot work ·on the farm. Homes are too scattered and too far apart, and besides the farmer needs more ice than the person living in town. The farmer needs ice to use in connection with the production and marketing of foods. In the past many farmers have purchased ice from the ice man in town, brought it out to the farm and kept it overnight and then used what was left. This method is wasteful and expensive for the farmer. Besides, it enables the farm home to have the many benefits of ice irregularly and usually only when the farmer goes to town. At the present time ice is stored to a small extent on the farms of South Dakota. If the ease and inexpensiveness of storing ice and the comfort and handiness of having ice were realized, there would be ice on every farm.
ice, milk, cream, butter, Dairy Science
South Dakota Experiment Station, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts
Larsen, C., "Ice on the Farm" (1919). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 185.