CHARLIE HAMILTON & “CHEERY” - Swiss Valley Farms

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CHARLIE HAMILTON & “CHEERY” - Swiss Valley Farms

IT’S A MORE COLORFUL

Dairyman

a message from J. Gordon Toyne Co-CEO

Published Monthly by:

Swiss Valley Farms, Co.

P.O. Box 4493

Davenport IA 52808

563.468.6600 FAX 563.468.6613

www.swissvalley.com

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Nancy Feeney

Editor/ Member Relations Mgr.

Karen Bohnert

Member Relations Assistant

Swiss Valley Farms Co., is a farmer-owned

cooperative, believes in market security

by producing and marketing the highest

quality products and services to customers,

members and employees.”

Swiss Valley Board Officers

President

Gerald Bratland.........................Spring Grove, MN

Vice President

Randy Schaefer....................................Blue Grass, IA

Secretary

Pam Bolin................................................Clarksville, IA

Treasurer

Donald Peterson...................................Cashton, WI

Swiss Valley Directors

Loyde M. Beers.......................................Eastman, WI

Donald Berlage......................................Elizabeth, IL

Dale Humpal.........................................Ridgeway, IA

Donald Kowalski....................................Wausau, WI

Francis Leibfried..................................Cuba City, WI

G. Joe Lyon....................................................Toledo, IA

Ralph Manternach................................Cascade, IA

Jeff Nimtz............................................Monticello, WI

Jim Oelfke............................................Hamburg, MN

James Schmitt............................................Sherrill, IA

Patrick Schroeder..............................Lancaster, WI

William Strief..................................................Farley, IA

Wow! It’s a new look for

the Swiss Valley Farms

member publication,

The Dairyman.

Printing technology has come a

long way in recent years leading to

lower printing prices. We can now

print our magazine in full color for

the same cost as the previous twocolor

version. The Member Relations

Department decided to take

advantage of this change to full

color to create a new look for our

monthly magazine. Special thanks

go out to Scott Peake, a summer intern

who worked with Karen Bohnert

on this magazine redesign.

Great job to them both!

September brings with it the

end of summer and the close of

our fiscal year. As we approach September

30 and are getting ready to

close the books on another year, I

want to let you know that your cooperative

is standing in a good position.

2005 has been a year of relative

good milk prices. With the increase

of more cows in production and

more product in storage, sooner

or later these variables might catch

up with us and reflect in your milk

prices. On the other hand, the stress

of the heat on the cows and their

production and components could

lead to smaller cheese yields and a

reduction of dairy products going

into storage. The futures market is

very up and down and bears regular

scrutiny by dairy producers. It

just goes to show that even the

most seasoned economists aren’t

certain what is going to happen.

Looking back over 2005, I am very

proud of the Swiss Valley Farms sales

and marketing team for their efforts

and development of several new

products that consumers are picking

up on. Alpine Avalanche has hit its target

market and developed a following

among high school and college

students. It also has been placed in a

number of school vending machines,

where it is very successful.

Single-serve cottage cheese has

attracted consumers who love both

cottage cheese and convenience.

The Swiss Valley Farms sales team has

been successful at gaining distribution

of the plastic half gallons of lowfat

strawberry and no-fat chocolate

milk.

Our plastic half-pint pilot last

spring was successful and has been

expanded to include several additional

schools this fall.

For more information on all these

topics, be sure to attend this winter’s

district meetings. Don Boelens and I

are looking forward to meeting you

there in December to share in more

detail our financial standings and

what we expect to accomplish in the

next fiscal year.

SWISS VALLEY FARMS DAIRYMAN

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