10 MARCH 1928, Page 14

Ttlegraph, while still under its great proprietor, Lord Burnham, to

find an answer to the question why Scandinavian farms pay better than British. Our farmers are thoroughly tired of having Denmark thrown at their heads. We all hate adver- tised models, and like the Athenians, we should delight to ostracize any and every Aristides. But the Daily Telegraph selected four practical British farmers themselves to visit Denmark and report. They were not bored by what they saw nor reluctant to accept certain Danish lessons, with due and proper modifications. How can anyone, how can even the National Farmers' Union (who think it wrong for farmers to practise self-help) deny the summing up of the views of this highly expert mission ? " Undoubtedly it was the Dane's efficiency, his knowledge of land-craft, and his readiness to accept new ideas that chiefly impressed the delegation. It revealed itself at every stage of their journey. They were impressed, too, by the dimensions and influence of the co- operative movement, not only as a vast marketing agency, but as an organization that is constantly stimulating big pro- duction and good quality. Co-operation is, without a doubt, the corner stone of the Danish agricultural system." The italics are mine. The whole of the Report (British Farming in Denmark, Benn, I s. 6d.) is worth any farmer's reading.