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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Thirty-second annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Platteville, Wis., February 10, 11 and 12, 1904. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays and discussions relating to the dairy interests
(1904)

Hoard, W. D.
Address,   pp. 46-51 PDF (1.2 MB)


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Thirty-second Annual Report of the 
9 per cent protein. That man preferred to feed those oats when 
he could have sold the oats and bought the gluten. Now, it is 
the lack of this commercial quality, this business sense, which 
we must make up before we can exercise and dispose of our for- 
tunes as we ought. 
I find everywhere that the difficulty with my brother farmer 
is that he will not think, he will not figure, he will not stop to 
look into this proposition and go down to the bottom of it. 
The forty-six German agriculturalists who visited this state 
last summer spent a half day at my place. I questiond them 
very closely as to what they thought about this country, and this 
is what they said: "You have a great country, but you lack in 
the education of your commnon people on agriculture." Now, 
what does the German government do? Every boy that goes to 
a common school is taught those things; you cannot find a Ger- 
man peasant in the country that is not given that kind of in- 
formation in his little parish school, and the result of it is that 
when that boy comes to man's estate he understands the mean- 
ing of such terms as protein, carbohydrates, nitrogen, phos- 
phoric acid, nutritive ratio and all the rest of them. That is 
the reason that the German comes here and displaces the Amer- 
ican, and the country blossoms like a garden under his hand. 
He was taught as a child the meaning of these things that shall 
work for his salvation when he comes to be a farmer, and if he 
finds them anywhere in the literature of his profession, he 
knows what they mean. 
So I say, we need to cast our prejudices to one side; we need 
to begin to study like students; we are up against propositions 
that require intelligence, and we cannot take ignorance into the 
ring and make any kind of a fight with it. 
Therefore, I feel that on this question of ventilation and the 
construction of barns, particularly in dairy districts, the neces- 
sity to the farmer is vital, as has been shown by the experi- 
ence of many of them this winter in the reduced prices received 
for butter. The moment you injure the flavor of butter, that 
moment down goes the price, and way down in New York is the 
final answer to a little foolishness up here in Wisconsin. I 
so 


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