Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
A Land of Milk and ButterHow Elites Created the Modern Danish Dairy Industry$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Markus Lampe and Paul Sharp

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226549507

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226549644.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 07 July 2022

From Bullshit to Butter: Accounting and Production Decisions

From Bullshit to Butter: Accounting and Production Decisions

(p.85) 5 From Bullshit to Butter: Accounting and Production Decisions
A Land of Milk and Butter

Markus Lampe

Paul Sharp

University of Chicago Press

We explain how part of the basis for the establishment of modern dairying lay in the understanding of the importance of the systematic recording of information on production, input, and output through bookkeeping and accounting. We demonstrate that Danish estate owners, their administrators, and an increasing circle of smaller farmers were pioneers in this regard. They used their accounts to make important decisions regarding what to specialize in (eventually butter), and how best to produce, for example in terms of the feeding and breeding of the cows as well as varieties of production technologies. Best practice was then disseminated through for example scientific societies, the press, and formal education. We discuss how this development within dairying was probably exceptional in an international setting through the contemporaneous statements of international observers.

Keywords:   accounting, bookkeeping, production decisions, diffusion of information, benchmarking

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.