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)
OPENING ADDIMISS. and complicated that a financial exhibit of it is impossible? It would, no doubt, cost some effort to keep such accounts as I have indicated, but the keeping of them alone would be worth all it coos simply an an educator, to say nothing of the practical knowl- edge acquired by it. It would teach us to be more methodical and systetcatic, our perceptions would le clearer, and we would be able to lay our plaus with more precision and with more reasonable as- surance of success. It would be more for us than all the agricul- ^tural oollege, in the country. If any one of you feel that you would make a failure in attempting to keep -such accounts, teach your boys book-keeping and let them do it. Take them into your oonfidence, give them an exact statement of your financial condi- tion. and then with them make out an invoice of capital invested in land, in cows, in teams, in tools, and in feed. Report to them all transactions which in any way relate to your business, and then require of them a periodical statement of what has been done, and what it has cost By so doing you will be surprised how much can be learned, and how many things can be clearly demonstrated; and you will be still more surprised at the interest the boys will soon learn to take in all the operations of the farm. They will learn to love the business, and come to feel that it is capable of being so conducted as to be something higher than mere drudgery. By * such a course you will elevate your business and improve your finanoes, educate your boys to be business men, and still keep them on the farm. I sometimes think we treat our bofs as though they were only boys until they are twenty-one years old. Tbe present tendency In all branehes of business, ard in all mechanical operation, is to division and subdivision of labor, and no man may hope to succeed only by putting forth efforts in a single direction, and making a specialty of some particular department. The same rule in a mod- ified sense applies to farming. Too many of us who claim to be dairymen make our dairy work secondary to other farm labor, and attempt as much farming as though we kept no cows, often expeot- Ing the men and boys to milk at unseasonable hours, to a loss of profit in the cows, and a loss of love for the business in the boys. The good dairyman must be a good farmer, but the highest suc- ceu is attainable by subordinating the other farm work. To im- prove and elevate dairying it must be made more of a specialty. 8-'W. D. A. 21
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