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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Eleventh annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Elk-horn, Wis., January 31, and February 1 and 2, 1883. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays relating to the dairy interests

McGlincy, R. P.
Education of dairymen,   pp. 56-63 PDF (1.8 MB)

Page 56

6  EIuvmlT ASAL m 3oIUT oF THz 
By COL R. P. XOGLINCY, daisy editor Elin, nhino* Advocata 
Mr. Prescuet, Ladym and Gentlemen: When your secre- 
tary solicited me to prepare a paper for your annual meeting 
I scarcely knew what field to work in, for I knew full well 
that among the veteran workers to be found in your state 
there would be no difficulty in securing topics of a practical 
nature. go the question of "The Education of Dairymen" 
presented itself to my mind, and thinking that this undevel- 
oped field might prove a fruitful one, I concluded to explore 
it and obtain such results as I might be able to gather in, in 
the few moments which may be allowed me on this occasion. 
At the outset let me say that I do not assume that the 
dairymen, as a rule, are not educated, for on the contrary I 
know that the progressive dairy farmer, butter and cheese 
maker are well educated and fully understand their busi- 
ness, at least so fully that they are not only able to make a 
living out of their calling, but also add improvements to 
their farms their stock and their residences. But in every 
profession there are to be found the shiftless ones who go 
plodding through life, satisfied with their efforts if they get 
but enough to eat and clothes to protect them from the 
weather. The dairymen and dairywomen who are in at 
tendance at this convention do not come under this head. 
This question is one of great importance, at least I consider 
it so, for it involves an improvement of things on the farm 
and at the factory, and while to the major portion of the 
dairymen of the state, my words will not prove beneficial, 
there doubtless will be found some who, if they would heed 
the lesson, would very materially benefit themselves, the 
community in which they live and the state at large, and to 
such permit me to address myself. 
Knowledge is power, whether used for good or bad; and 
when properly directed it proves itself beneficial to humanity; 
when not so directed it is a curse, and perhaps the greatest 
that afflicts the earth - the most difficult to get rid of, and 
one that brings a blight which casts a dark and lasting 
shadow whereever it falls. 

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