September 1, 2014
LYNDONVILLE, Vt. (AP) - Winter's here, and that means big
business for a small Vermont company whose animal ointment continues to find new uses far from the dairy barns.
Bag Balm, which was developed in 1899 to soothe the irritated udders of milking cows, now has as many uses as Elmer's glue.
The gooey, yellow-green salve is made in Lyndonville in a one-room "plant" by the family-owned Dairy Association Co., which has only six employees. It's still used by dairy farmers, but in the 110 years since it was invented, Bag Balm's been used for everything from squeaky bed springs to split fingers, from diaper rash to sunburns.
And Dairy Association officials say their business always spikes
in the winter, because so many people use it to help with their dry skin.