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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Thirty-first annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Fond du Lac, Wis., February 11, 12 and 13, 1903. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays and discussions relating to the dairy interests
(1903)

[Inquiry about Durham cows],   pp. 46-58 PDF (3.2 MB)


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56          Thirty-first Annasa Report of the 
guarantee there are not a hundred. There is another book pub- 
lished by Professor King, called "The Physics of Agriculture,' 
treating upon the important things that every farmer ought to 
know, ventilation, drainage, the care of milk, etc., costing $1.75, 
and yet the farmers won't take interest enough in their own 
business to buy it. What can you do with a man who shuts his 
eyes and turns his back to so many of the things that he really 
needs I 
My friends, these facts are what have made me so earnest be- 
fore the legislature and elsewhere on the question of teaching 
the elements of agriculture in the common school I cannot do 
anything with the old farmer; you can't change him, no malter 
how good a man he may be, but the farmer's boy-God bless 
him-he should have some show for himself. We have begun 
to make a move in this direction in Wisconsin; we are looking 
for the farmer that is to be. We old fellows will not do much, 
but the boy is coming along and we must put into his head some 
judgment and knowledge of his profession. The farmer does 
not lack brain. Oh no, the agricultural brain is the foundation 
of this country. Every man who has plowed himself into pub- 
lic conviction on this green earth, in the United States at least, 
has come from the soil, but he did it by making himself intelli- 
gent. 
What would we have done in our supreme moment of 
anxiety in this country, when our faith hung between heaven 
and earth? What would we have done if Abraham Lincoln's 
brain had not been cultivated?? What would we have done 
wrhen Grant took hold of our destinies, when it seemed as if 
there was no man to lead us, but Grant, a man who-came from 
the soil, his brain enlarged until he could comprehend the real 
situation, and finally won the battles of the Union ? 
I tell you, my farmer friends, that it is time we woke up for 
our own sakes, for the sake of the profit that we are looking for 
in these things, and it is time we woke up for the sake of the 
country and the state we love. 
On motion of Mr. Everett, the Secretary was directed to send 
a telegram of greeting to the convention of Ohio State Dairy- 
men in session at Columbus, Ohio. 


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