WHY DAIRY COOPERATIVES HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL FOR 101 YEARS!. Some of the dairy cooperatives that merged or joined together over time to form what is today Agri-Mark!. New England Milk Producers Assoc.1913-1972 Connecticut Milk Producers Assoc.1916-1967
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WHY DAIRY COOPERATIVES HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL FOR 101 YEARS!
Market all member milk
-for quality and quantity reason, farm milk must be picked up every day or two
-hauling a liquid that is more than 85% water is expensive unless truck is full so co-mingling member and non-member milk is crucial
-must find the highest paying buyer of farm milk (50,000 pound tanker of milk every 10 minutes)
-balancing milk supplies with demand on a daily, weekly and seasonal basis (a few homeless loads can collapse entire market price
Perform member services
-can take advantage of economies of scale and volume discounts to lower costs
-lab tests and information, milk check deductions requests, quality milk assistance and tank calibrations
-communicate issues or concern to members
-TRUST is key
Represent our members’ interests
-Agri-Mark cooperative is owned and controlled by its member owners
-farmer members elect their peers to oversee all aspects of the cooperative including the business, policy and practices
-ratio of farmers to milk handlers is as large today as it was a century ago
-legislative involvement is crucial to secure an effective market safety net and limit government intrusion in farm operations and activities
Make a profit!
-find and maintain high premium markets for member milk and products
-manufacture member milk into value-added and profit making products
-built the sales, quality and reputation of the cooperative brands
Agri-Mark members from New England and New York own and control the cooperative. 100% of our profits are allocated to our farm families each year!
We have Agri-Mark members in every county colored in blue.
Agri-Mark has four manufacturing facilities and one cut and wrap operation
Agri-Mark’s McCadam Cheese Plant,
Agri-Mark’s West Springfield, Mass, Butter/Nonfat milk powder plant
Agri-Mark’s Middlebury, Vt.,
Vermont Cheddar and Whey Protein Plant
The “World’s Best Cheddar” starts with only the highest quality milk
from more than 200 local farm families.
This is an exterior shot of Agri-Mark’s whey protein processing facility at Middlebury.
Whey Protein Dryer
Whey Permeate Dryer
This early construction photo shows the size of the whey processing equipment in the building.
Cabot, Vt. Visitor’s Center and manufacturing facility
This is the cut and wrap building at Cabot where more than 72 million pounds of cheese are packaged each year.
Own the Cooperative!
Agri-Mark activities are to benefit the Member/Owners and enhance their income
and support their industry structure
This is what makes our company so unique!
for Northeast dairy farm families!