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)
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- terest. 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 98
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