Wisconsin Cheese Makers' Association / Proceedings of the Wisconsin Cheese Makers' Association thirty-third annual convention December 10, 11, 12, 1924 assembled in the Milwaukee Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Ubbelohde, T. A.
Why some co-operative factories fail and others succeed, pp. 54-57 PDF (1.0 MB)
54 WISCONSIN CHEESE MAKERS' ASSOCIATION sold them as off grades, although they had been sold to us as normal ones. We find that the average cheese maker that is interested in making good cheese is more than glad to take the extra effort to make a Fancy cheese if he or his farmer or the two combined get a benefit out of it, but as it is you can't blame him for making an ordinary No. 1 cheese when his neighbor is making the same and is getting the same price for it and he (the neighbor) is going by his factory at half past eleven or twelve o'clock and giving him the glad hand and showing you that he is on his way to town and we are working yet. We simply want to mention that we find the proposition of Fancies and paying extra for it is working out to good advantage to ourselves and to those that are shipping to us, and we feel that it is going to be of a general good in helping to boost the consumption of cheese. I thank you. (Applause.) "WHY SOME CO-OPERATIVE FACTORIES FAIL AND OTHERS SUCCEED" By MR. T. A. UBBELOHDE, of Glenbeulah Mr. President and Cheese Makers: I had prepared a paper and just got it out on the typewriter and I laid it on the sideboard, and I suppose it was a pretty neat paper, but my wife is particular about not having the sideboard littered up with waste paper and she glanced at it and thought it must be an advertisement for some Dairy Feed and she burned it up. (Laughter). So I have nothing but a few notes that I took last summer. I am sorry because I had to spend quite a bit of time to prepare this paper. I went to quite a number of factories so I haven't got much of offer to you but I have visited some factories-co-operative factories that were successful. Everybody was slick and the first thing when I went in to speak to the cheese maker he was ready to shake hands with me-everything was 0. K. and he had no kick coming from any of the farmers. The milk seemed to be all right. Talking about this cheese, the supply people that he was doing business with, said there was nothing wrong. The supply man was all right; they furnished the goods they called for and it was satis- factory. Well, I says how is the cheese dealer? Why they take our cheese and there never is a kick. We get full weight and we get full price. Well, I says, over here is another factory that I have been to-these same dealers are cutting them all the time- not giving them full weight and they are kicking about the grade. He says to me, we have no kick coming; the cheese dealers have always used us right. Then I went to another factory and it was about the same thing. Everything was 0. K. I visited several unsuccessful co-operative creameries and the first thing there was a kick coming-the factory was in bad shape- the cheese maker seemed to have a grouch on-everything was
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