Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Tenth annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Sheboygan, Wis., January 11-13, 1882. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays relating to the dairy interests
Beach, Charles R.
Opening address, pp. 19-23 PDF (994.8 KB)
WiscoaisiN DAuIrXM's AssociATioN. By concentrating our energies on the business we may create an interest and enthusiasm that will wake up a whole neighborhood. Some definite standard of excellence should be fixed for future progress. If cows paid $50 per head last year they should be made to pay $60 next. Though new and improved breeds are introduced with apparent success, it is questionable whether the average yields exceed those of ten years ago in dairying. It is questionable whether the building of air-tight barns has not had a tendency to deterioriate the cows. This is worth thinking of. Good cows will pay interest on capital invested; poor cows are like Pharoah's lean kine, eat up all the rest. The matter of food, then, should be care- fully considered in the light of science and experience. One of the most hopeful signs of the times is the readiness learning manifests to be the servant of labor, and the amount of services which she proposes to give will be only measured by our capacity to receive and apply. But financial knowledge and scien- tific knowledge will not in themselves insure progress in our busi- ness unless united with enthusiasm in those who engage in it. The roadway may be perfect, the cars ample, the engine in complete order, but unless you have steam to apply, the train will stand still. a Enthusiasm is the impelling power in all progress. The future outlook of our business is most flattering. All that has been accomplished are but so many promises of our future continued success. New markets are everywhere being devised; new and better methods of manufacturing are being adopted; in- formation relating to all branches of our business is being more generally diffused. Our products are becoming more and more active, of prime necessity their consumption is continually increas- ing, a higher standard of excellence is being demanded, and the dairymen of the state, in view of these incentives to greater inter- est in their calling, will doubtless keep abreast of the times. Hiram Smith in the chair. Undoubtedly there are many people present who have never heard Mr. Lumbard, of Chicago, sing. We would be glad to have the gentleman favor the audience with a song. Mr. Lumbard sung the Scotch ballad entitled "Are you sleeping, Maggie." The secretary was instructed to send " greeting " to the Amer. ican Dairymen's Association in session at Syracuse, New York. H. J. Bumford moved to adjourn until 9:30 A. M., Thursday. J 22
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