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
Phillips, C. A.
The California cheese industry. How makers are paid, pp. 49-52 PDF (919.8 KB)
Carlson, W. G.
Cheese advertising by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture and markets, pp. 52-55 PDF (953.1 KB)
52 WISCONSIN CHEESE MAKERS' ASSOCIATION grade, whether whole milk, part skim, or skim, and the factory num- ber if made in California, or the name of the manufacturer or dis- tributor if made outside the state. The factories in California are practically all privately owned, that is, there are very few cooperatives or very few farmer factories. The owners usually operate the factories, and consequently very few oper- ators are employed. The cheese makers and assistants, as a rule, are hired by the month, day or hour. As far as I am able to find out, the wages vary from $40 per month, including board and room, to $200 per month, depending upon the experience of the man and the work that he does. The higher priced men earn their wages, too. I can cite an example. I walked into a good sized factory last June at about four P. M., ex- pecting to see three or four of the boys that the Agricultural College had placed in that particular plant. I found only the head cheese maker. The boys had worked their eight hours according to the N. R. A. and the cheese maker was doing the final clean-up work. He was classed as an executive on a monthly salary. The trouble may have been due however, to poor organization of labor on his part. In summarizing the cheese industry of California, I would say that a wide variety of cheese is made, in good plants and in poor, in coun- try and city factories, and under a wide variety of weather conditions. The state imports more than they make, the per capita consumption being 8.3 pounds, which includes 2 pounds of cottage. The cottage cheese industry is highly developed. Working conditions in many factories are poor, salaries not very high, and possibilities for cheese makers are not very good at present. Due to the high price of milk for other products, I believe that the cheese industry of that state will have to turn, more and more, to the special varieties of cheese, for which they can command a higher price. I have enjoyed attending your convention and I should like to give you a cordial invitation to visit California in 1938 at the time of the World's Fair at San Francisco, or before, and especially to visit the Agricultural College at Davis, which is only a short distance from Sacramento, the state capital. I thank you. CHEESE ADVERTISING BY THE WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND MARKETS By W. G. CARLSON I am very glad to be here. I want to express the appreciation of our department for the splendid co-operation we have received from the makers of the state in the distribution of the printed matter we have been able to prepare for increasing the interest in cheese. I want you to know that you have done us a big favor and we certainly appre- ciate it. Now I am just going to skim over a few of the things we have done. Whether they have been accomplishments or not you can judge. You
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