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Bell, Florence C. (Florence Colfax), 1899- / Farmer co-ops in Wisconsin
([1941])

Barron creamery makes large sales of cream,   pp. 12-13 PDF (527.2 KB)


Land O'Lakes carries butter all the way to retailer,   pp. 13-15 PDF (824.7 KB)


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the exception of the period of low prices
from 1931 to 1935. In 1939 cream
sales amounted to $555,000, butter
sales were $265,000, and milk-powder
sales almost $230,000.  The total
amount of these sales was the largest
dollar business for any of the Wisconsin
creameries. The association's plant is
valued at more than $150,000. This
is a stock cooperative which only pro-
ducers may join, each buying a $10
share of stock. Stockholders who
cease to be producers may retain their
stock.
Land O'Lakes Carries Butter
All the Way to Retailer
  Cremneryfederations.-Land O'Lakes
Creameries, Inc., with headquarters in
Minneapolis, Minn., plays an impor-
tant part in the business transactions of
many Wisconsin cooperative cream-
eries and other dairy associations.
This well-known regional sales agency
includes in its membership a number
of local cooperative creameries in
northwestern Wisconsin areas, and also
the Wisconsin Cheese Producers' Co-
operative at Plymouth, the Antigo
Milk Products Cooperative, and the
Consolidated Badger Cooperative at
Shawano.
  In addition to selling for these associ-
ations, Land O'Lakes Creameries and a
number of Wisconsin members in Polk
County established a spray-process
milk-powder plant at Luck in order to
utilize skim milk from these local
creameries. This plant is owned and
operated jointly.
  Lack of uniformity in the butter
produced by local creameries and in
different churnings from the same
creamery results in lower returns.
When butter is shipped by a local plant
in less than carload lots, higher
shipping charges must be paid. These
disadvantages to a local creamery can
be overcome only by standardization
and joint selling.
Dairy products were sold for close to 'a million dollars by the Ladysmith
Milk Producers Coopera-
tive Association of Rusk Count in 1939. The main plant is located at Ladysmith
and branch
plants at Eeland, Kennan, and Stanley. Milk is converted into butter, cheese,
casein, and milk
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