A.J. McGuire (1904 - 1914)

xA. J. McGuire was a dairyman by training and interest. He immediately set about to encourage the development of grade A dairying in northern Minnesota.& He firmly believed that successful farm operations in this area should be tied to production of good quality forage marketed through the dairy cow. The experimental and demonstration work that he set up served to extend his philosophy. He encouraged improvement of herds through the use of purebred sires and careful selection and culling. He encouraged and assisted in establishing cooperative creameries in many communities.& In 1914 he moved to the Central Experiment Station at St. Paul and later became instrumental in establishing Land O' Lakes Creameries, which remains one of the major processors of dairy products in the nation. Mr. McGuire is remembered as the "Father of Dairying" in northern Minnesota.