Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin
Luther, E. L.
Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin. Bulletin 52: how, when and why--organize and standardize production PDF (940.5 KB)
How, When and Why- ORGANIZE AND STANDARDIZE PRODUCTION For what agricultural product is your county known? Many a county valued, outside of its .cities at $20,000,000, does not enjoy a reputation for the production of any product of sufficiently superior quality to entitle it to a special market. Where is there a successful manufacturing plant valued at this amount, the production of which is based upon the hit-and- miss methods of the agricultural production in such a county? Suppose we had a factory valued at that much with 3,000 or 4,000 workers in it each one of whom was free to turn out accord- ing to his fancy the product or products which the factory manu- factured. If that were an implement factory, farmers would be unable to get two machines alike from that factory, the workable- ness of one machine -would be no guarantee of another, and in disgust with factory-made machinery farmers would be using home made rakes, forks, cradles, scythes, and so on. The great factory would be a failure. It would have an impossible market- ing problem on its hands. So it is with agricultural production. The 3,000 farmers of a county often produce what the fancy of each one permits. Imagine the varieties of products and the various grades of quality of what he may be able to secure tomorrow. Farmers complain of their markets. Do you see why? WHO GETS TEE MONEY? Today two Missourians desire assistance with securing a car- load of dairy heifer calves. Where shall we send them? That is the problem. They do not want calves of any color. They want calves carrying the marks of one great dairy breed. This request is similar to nearly one hundred such requests which have come in since March, 1917. We are put to it to tell these men where to go. The great majority of the farmers of most of our townships in Wisconsin still use scrub and grade bulls. What if every farmer of -Wisconsin were using a pure bred sire of any one of the great dairy breeds? The production of live stock. along dairy lines would then approach something like organization and all of Wisconsin would be receiving practically all of the calls for dairy breeding stock. Whereas now those communities with just "cattle" receive no calls. .1 I I! I
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