Bell, Florence C. (Florence Colfax), 1899- / Farmer co-ops in Wisconsin
Eggs and poultry, pp. 34- PDF (572.9 KB)
for the benefit of patrons. According to the findings of a survey made in 1939, eggs sold cooperatively by Wis- consin associations in the previous year brought $250,000, and poultry $50,000. These sales were made by 16 associations, only one of which, the St. Croix Cooperative Poultry and Egg Association, was handling these prod- ucts as its chief activity. The other 15 associations included a number of purchasing cooperatives, creameries, and elevators, and one livestock ship- ping association. Equity Cooperative Elevator Co.- One of these elevators, the Equity Cooperative Elevator Co. at River Falls in Pierce County, handles sub- stantial amounts of eggs and poultry. This business has been developed as an accommodation to patrons. The co- op members consider that the activity brings grain business to the elevator, and that the grain dealings increase the volume of eggs and poultry brought for handling. Sales of eggs and poultry for patrons in 1939 amounted to over $100,000. Eggs are paid for in cash. Some of the farmers bring their eggs and poultry 20 miles to the cooperative. After grading, candling, and repacking in new cases, the eggs are hauled by a co-op truck to a dealer in Chicago. No attempt is made to pay patronage dividends, as the patrons are paid the full price for eggs and poultry minus actual operating costs of the co-op's egg and poultry department. St. Croix Cooperative Poultry and Egg Association.-More than 25 years in operation is the record of the St. Croix Cooperative Poultry and Egg Association at Baldwin in central St. Croix County. This co-op was or- ganized in 1915 as the Farmers Poultry Shipping Association, and reorganized in 1926. Sales of more than 340,000 dozen eggs and over 80,000 pounds of poultry made in 1939 for about 100 patrons aggregated $75,000. The asso- ciation serves farms located outside Baldwin-at Elmwood, Woodville, Spring Valley, Emerald, Wilson, Ham- mond, Roberts, and Glenwood City. Eggs are marketed in Chicago and New York. Every bag of wool sent to the Wisconsin Cooperative Wool Growers Association is carefully graded and sold on grade.
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