Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Eleventh annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Elk-horn, Wis., January 31, and February 1 and 2, 1883. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays relating to the dairy interests
McGlincy, R. P.
Education of dairymen, pp. 56-63 PDF (1.8 MB)
6 EIuvmlT ASAL m 3oIUT oF THz EDUCATION OF DAIRYMEN. By COL R. P. XOGLINCY, daisy editor Elin, nhino* Advocata Mr. Prescuet, Ladym and Gentlemen: When your secre- tary solicited me to prepare a paper for your annual meeting I scarcely knew what field to work in, for I knew full well that among the veteran workers to be found in your state there would be no difficulty in securing topics of a practical nature. go the question of "The Education of Dairymen" presented itself to my mind, and thinking that this undevel- oped field might prove a fruitful one, I concluded to explore it and obtain such results as I might be able to gather in, in the few moments which may be allowed me on this occasion. At the outset let me say that I do not assume that the dairymen, as a rule, are not educated, for on the contrary I know that the progressive dairy farmer, butter and cheese maker are well educated and fully understand their busi- ness, at least so fully that they are not only able to make a living out of their calling, but also add improvements to their farms their stock and their residences. But in every profession there are to be found the shiftless ones who go plodding through life, satisfied with their efforts if they get but enough to eat and clothes to protect them from the weather. The dairymen and dairywomen who are in at tendance at this convention do not come under this head. This question is one of great importance, at least I consider it so, for it involves an improvement of things on the farm and at the factory, and while to the major portion of the dairymen of the state, my words will not prove beneficial, there doubtless will be found some who, if they would heed the lesson, would very materially benefit themselves, the community in which they live and the state at large, and to such permit me to address myself. Knowledge is power, whether used for good or bad; and when properly directed it proves itself beneficial to humanity; when not so directed it is a curse, and perhaps the greatest that afflicts the earth - the most difficult to get rid of, and one that brings a blight which casts a dark and lasting shadow whereever it falls. 56
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