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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Forty-first annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Ashland, Wis., December 10, 11 and 12, 1912. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays and discussions relating to the dairy interests

Sanborn, A. W.
Co-operation among farmers,   pp. 95-101 PDF (1.6 MB)

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Forty-first Annual Report of the
maker. Here we have the small unit, which is the foundation,
firmly organized together by contract under penalties for fail-
ure to deliver their entire product to their society, each member
knowing the other and all understanding what cooperation
means and imbued with the cooperative spirit. When several
of these cooperative societies are fully organized and in good
working order, they combine and form a central body which has
for its members each of these cooperative creameries, the presi-
dent and secretary of each creamery forming the directors of
the central body which elects the officers and selects the sales-
man and employees necessary to successfully inspect, grade and
put into first class condition the product of the creameries who
are members. Each member of this body agrees to furnish for
a stated period, its entire product to the central organization to
be placed on the market.
In Denmark there are six of these export associations, of
which about eleven hundred cooperative creameries are mem-
bers, the output of which in 1908 was about forty million dollars.
Denmark also has 34 cooperative bacon factories with a mem-
bership of ninety-three thousand farmers, with a central co-
operative selling society, all organized upon the same principles.
In 1908, $1,545,000 worth of hogs were slaughtered to meet this
trade. Denmark also has a Cooperative Egg Export Society
made up of 550 central groups, each central group or society
having as its members a large number of local organizations
each of which contains at least ten members. In 1908, this
Egg Export Society did a business of more than six million
six hundred thousand dollars in eggs alone. Danish eggs
bring fancy prices because they are always fresh, well sorted,
well packed and guaranteed.
All of these societies are built up in the same manner, each
unit first firmly organized, each member contracting his entire
output for a fixed period under penalties which are enforcible
and enforced; one man, one vote, profits divided according to
product after paying on capital invested a fixed rate of in-
Some of the essentials for the organization: First; a com-
plete contract with each member for his entire product for a
fixed period. Regular support is needed and is essential. You
must know what you can depend upon each day. A large

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