The banker-farmer news bulletin
Humphrey, George C.
The Banker-farmer news bulletin. Bulletin no. 15: community organization and effort for dairy cattle production PDF (1.1 MB)
HOW TO ORGANIZE AND GET COMMUNITY EFFORTS The first step in organizing a community club for breeding better dairy cattle is to get together and seriously consider some plan for action. Call in and get the help of the County Agricultural Agent, the cow tester, the bankers and other keen business men who may be of valuable help in making purchases or, later, in making sales of surplus stock. Your State College of Agriculture will gladly furnish forms and material that will be helpful in getting an organi- zation perfected. Study carefully the selection of men who will best serve as officers and leaders. They may have to be developed, in which case be patient and give them all the help possible. Do not try to cover too much territory, and it will be best to have each breed organize its own interests. After becoming organized, become federated with county, state and every, organization that will offer assistance. Adopt some definite lines of work. These lines of work can best be fol- lowed by having committees, charged with the full responsibility of getting something accomplished. Study to know your community's greatest need and go after the remedy and apply it vigorously. There is likely to be the need of better sires or better foundation heifers and cows, which now is a good time to buy. Get an in- spection of and a judgment on the character of cows, heifers and calves that are being maintained. Note carefully the sires that are making an improve- ment and those that are not advancing or maintaining the quality of the cattle in which your association is primarily interested. Preserve and encourage the extended use of the better sires and try to discourage the use of.the inferior ones, even though they may be pure bred and registered. United effort in this work alone will justify all the time, means and energy expended, and will undoubtedly result in the greatest amount of good accomplished. OTHER ACTIVITIES Visit and inspect one another's herds and the best herds in adjoining counties. Encourage boys' and girls' calf club work and put on calf shows as a means of encouraging such work, and for the purpose of judging the worth of sires. Encourage cow testing work by having at least a cow testing association and doing official testing where pure bred herds are being developed. Do all that is possible to encourage the eradication of disease and having herds tuberculin tested under the Accredited Herd plan. Encourage the consumption of dairy products, and endeavor to put milk or milk by-products on the market in the most attractive form and in a manner to insure its being of the best quality. Where there are a sufficient number of good animals to warrant holding a public sale or to encourage buyers to come in and buy in car lots, the matter of advertising and selling to the best advantage should receive attention. At all times work at something to keep up a spirit of good fellowship, enthusiasm and willingness to work, even to sacrifice if necessary. Such a program may seem like a considerable task. It would be a mistake to think for a moment that it could be carried out and entail only a small amount of'work. It will require a lot of real work, but it is work that can be done and that will crown a community's effort with greatest success.
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