Wisconsin Cheese Makers' Association / Proceedings of the Wisconsin Cheese Makers' Association forty-third annual convention November 14, 15, 1934 assembled in the Eagles Auditorium Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Damrow, E. C.
Cost of making cheese in 1934 and 1935, pp. 20-24 PDF (1.2 MB)
20 WISCONSIN CHEESE MAKERS' ASSOCIATION dime we have been able to save has gone right back into the cheese maker's pockets. There are two or three things absolutely necessary in buying this way. We must be absolutely honest and square with ourselves and with the man we buy from. We must accept the things we buy and pay for them when we agree to. We are able to get jobbers' prices on most of the things we buy. I don't know as there is much else. Our system of buying is very simple-it is the simplest way there is. If you had 500 cheese makers in this house today and four hundred of them would each agree to buy four thousand bandages or five gallons of rennet, the order would be pooled and placed in the hands of a committee and one man would do the buying for them all. COST OF MAKING CHEESE IN 1934 AND 1935 E. C. DAMROW In again preparing a "Cost of Cheese Making," as requested by your Secretary, to encourage every cheese maker to figure his own cost, I want to impress on every cheese maker the vital importance of knowing just on which side of the Profit and Loss Account he stands. In these cost sheets that I prepared, the average cost is taken on two different size factories; namely, a factory running about 6,000 pounds in the flush and one running about 18,000 pounds in the lush. When tabulating these figures, we take the costs for the average co- operative factory that was built of late years, where also a residence must be provided for the cheese maker who is operating the factory. Where it is not necessary to provide a residence, the investment in the factory may be considerably less; and in factories that are pretty well run down and kept very poorly in repair, the investment may also be low. The cheese maker either works on a monthly salary or on a pound- age basis. We are figuring the salary in the smaller factory at $100 a month, just for a matter of straight figuring, but this may be more or less in various factories. We have tried to tabulate these figures in such a way that it will be easy for any cheese maker or the officers of a cooperative factory to sit down in one afternoon or evening, com- pile all their figures, and check up just exactly what it cost them to make cheese during the year. They should also consider the depreciation on building and equip- ment, interest on money invested or borrowed, insurance on building and equipment, and taxes. It doesn't make any difference if the cheese factory is run cooperatively or is individually owned, these same items of overhead or burden must be covered. In some factories these fixed expenses have not been figured for the past few years, and this handicaps them a lot when they have to re- place equipment or make necessary repairs to their buildings, unless
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