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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)

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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. 

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