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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
(1883)

McGlincy, R. P.
Education of dairymen,   pp. 56-63 PDF (1.8 MB)


Page 57

 
WIwcoNsI  DAnYxEII's AssocIAlMoN. 
The education of the dairyman, as I look at the question, 
is not that which relates to a book education, but to a practi- 
cal knowledge of every day affairs. A man may be as full 
of book knowledge as an old cheese is full of skippers, and 
yet be as ignorant of the proper way of conducting his farm 
or his factory as a Hottentot. In what I may have to say I 
shall consider the education of the dairyman to be that 
which relates to a thorough and practical knowledge of the 
various duties he is called upon to perform, and I may add 
to the dairyman, the butter and cheese maker, also, for I 
have no doubt but that in many instances their poor judg- 
ment and worse management has been laid at the door of 
the dairy farmer, who has had as little to do with the mat- 
ter as the prattling babe at its mother's breast. 
But to the question. What should constitute the educa- 
tion of the dairyman-the man who is engaged in producing 
the milk? Should we expect him to be a man well read in 
law, theology, political economy, the science of government, 
and be a thorough geologist, or should we expect to find a 
r simple rustic, who can figure interest on a note for a given 
time, and who -knows when his hay, wheat or corn crop will 
do to harvest, and let his knowledge end there? The accom- 
plishments enumerated might all be dispensed with, and 
still the dairyman would be an educated man to a certain 
extent. Now, I take the question to mean a man educated 
in his profession, so that he can follow it not only for a live- 
lihood, but also that he in turn may have so mastered it that 
he may be able to instruct others who may be less fortunate 
than himself, and that he may not be compelled to call upon 
Tom, Dick and Harry, every few days, to ascertain whether 
he is right or wrong about the most trivial affairs. These 
he should learn from observation and practice, carefully not- 
ing the successes or failures, and profiting by them in the 
future. 
There is one thing in regard to the dairy business that I 
wish to say a word upon, and it may as well, perhaps, be 
uttered here as elsewhere, and that is, that far too many 
men are in the. business who are not " educated to it," and 
who are destined to bring disgrace to the profession. All 
5ADA. 
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