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VERNON ACHENBACH JR.
Lancaster Fanning Staff
MT. JOY (Lancaster Co.) A
quorum of the 158-member ML
Joy Farmers Cooperative
approved several changes to its
bylaws, elected officers and heard
favorable business reports Wed
nesday during its annual banquet
meeting at Country Table Restabr
ant in Ml Joy.
According to Donald Risser,
chairman of the board, who was re
elected to the board during the
meeting, 1994 was a year of unpre
cedented growth for the coopera
tive, which saw 38 cooperators
added to its ranks.
Risser said that fewer than half
of those new members were asso
ciated with Hershey Foods Corp.’s
recent elimination of independent
producers supplying milk and con
tracting directly with Atlantic
Dairy Cooperative for supplies.
The majority of framer Hershey
producers joined ADC.
The Mt. Joy Farmers Coopera
tive is part of a federated market
ing group that includes two addi
tional producer cooperatives of
similar size. Their milk is mark
eted through Dairy Processing Inp.
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with the least amount of cost to all
According to Royce Seifert,
API representative. “We continue
to enjoy a fine relationship
between Ml. Joy and API.”
Seifert said that while the major
ity of Ml Joy milk goes to two
processors Beatrice Cheese
and John Labatts of Canada
because of the arrangement with
ADC, some of the milk goes to
other processors as well.
The Labatts operation owns
Johanna Farms (in addition to a
number of other businesses and
part of a major league baseball
team), which operates in Lansdale,
having closed its Flemington, N.J.
headquarters. Johanna had bottled
several different brands of milk,
but now markets it all under the
label. “Lehigh Valley Dairies.”
Mt. Joy milk goes to Lansdale, toa
Mt. Washington facility, and to
Beatrice, in Allentown.
The contract with Labatts ends
Morgan Way, P.O. Box 527, Morgantown, PA 19543
early in 1996, and discussions for a
contract renewal have begun,
while the contract with Beatrice
extends until 1999.
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The Mt. Joy Farmers Cooparativa Board of Directors wi;. the help v incaster
County Dairy Princess Amy Espanshade display the cooperative’s new farm sig n. The
board members are, from the left, J. Kenneth Miller, David Landis, Robert Brandt,
Donald Risser, Ken Balmer, David Dum, and Roy Alger.
It was announced that Beatrice
has expanded its plant to allow for
Lancaster Arming, Saturday, January 28, 1995-Al9
more production of Cheddar
cheese. When Beatrice bought the
current plant from API it had been
a Cheddar plant, but Beatrice con
verted it mostly to the production
of mozzarella cheese. Now it has
BUILDING & REMODELING FOR—
SWINE POLE BUILDINGS
expanded to increase cheddar pro
duction, which means an increased
market for milk.
Seifert said that currently Mt.
Joy and API have "... truly been
blessed with an abundance that
translates into ... prosperity.”
Referring to Deuteronomy VIII,
he said that members should
remember that prosperity is ulti
mately not of their making, apd
they should keep that in mind
when making decisions. He said
that Ml Joy members should con
tinue to work together with sister
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