Dr. Thomas P. Lecky

Success is due mainly to the long devoted hours that I put into the work It is going the extra mile that makes the difference between the man who is remembered and the one who is forgotten".

 

The above words which were spoken by Dr. Thomas P Lecky indicate the high value that he placed on hard work as a path to success. It was because of his hard work that he is worth writing about, and indeed he is greatly remembered and admired at home and abroad.

 

If you want the same level of success then the secret is the same as it was for Lecky, that is hard work.

 

Dr. Thomas P Lecky was born December 21,1904 in the par­ish of Portland. He grew up on a small farm where he devel­oped a love for animals. From an early age, Lecky knew that he would be working with animals.

 

For him, failure did not mean giving up his dream of success. In fact, it was through Dr. Lecky's failure to break the West Indian milk record that he was inspired to learn more. He wanted to hold the record for being able to obtain the greatest volume of milk from a single cow within one year. He, however failed when his cow died.

 

His drive for success took him to McGill University and Toronto University in Canada where he studied animal husbandry - the science of breeding and caring for farm animals. His study showed that the method of breeding cattle in Jamaica was not the best.

 

He decided to develop his own tropical dairy breed. There was much oppositions to Dr. Lecky's work from the colonial authorities of his day. Nonetheless, Dr. Lecky was not deterred.

 

He went on to develop a new breed of cattle he called the Jamaica Hope. For the first time ever, there was now a tropical breed of cow that could give up to 20,000 pounds metric of milk in a single year

 

The demand for such breed has been great in many countries.

 

He later developed other breeds of cattle that were suited for Jamaica's tropical climate. These were the Jamaica Red Poll and the Jamaica Brahman. They were stronger and yielded a bet­ter quality of meat.

 

Dr Lecky's life was a suc­cess because he saw the importance of learning, hard work, and determina­tion even when there was opposition.

 

Dr. Lecky died in May 1994. The legacy of his work is still being felt, especially among small cattle farmers who benefited from his technology and advice. The dreamer is dead but not forgotten. Indeed his dream is still very much remembered. Click here to see nominees

 

 

A Fl WI HERITAGE … JIS 1996