Bag Balm. It’s the ointment in a tin can with the cow’s head users claim helps all sorts of things, including sunburn, squeaky bed springs, dry and cracked fingers, diaper rash, and much more. Bag Balm is manufactured in Lyndonville by the family-owned Dairy Association Co., Inc., and run by six employees, two officers, and a sales force, reports the Brattleboro Reformer. It began its healing powers as a topical cream to soothe the irritated udders of cows in 1899. Since then, it’s traveled the world with Admiral Byrd to the North Pole, Allied troops in WWII, and recently to Ground Zero in New York for the paws of dogs searching the rubble. Even though humans now embrace it, dairy farmer Willie Ryan of Craftsbury still uses it for its original intended purpose on his cows. “…don’t ask me how (it works), but it does,” he said. Why should cows keep such a good thing to themselves?
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