November 16, 2012 — The boards of directors for Family Dairies USA, Manitowoc Milk Producers Cooperative and Milwaukee Cooperative Milk Producers are excited to announce the creation of the “Your Co-Opportunity” Facebook page. This new page is dedicated to sharing information on and answering questions about the proposed merger by these three cooperatives, announced earlier this month.
If passed by a membership vote, the merger of the three cooperatives would create the largest Midwest dairy marketing cooperative. The “Your Co-Opportunity” Facebook page serves as a resource library and communication portal for members of the three cooperatives and interested industry associates to discuss the efficiency and financial and leadership strengths of the combined cooperative.
In addition to the “Your Co-Opportunity” Facebook page, informational meetings are being held by each cooperative over the next several weeks before the entire membership votes on the proposal in mid-December. Members of the three cooperatives are asked to cast their vote via mail-in ballot before December 17th. If the merger passes, the new, combined cooperative will begin business function January 1, 2013.
“We encourage every member to attend one of the information meetings hosted by each cooperative to learn about the benefits that the proposed merger will provide to our members,” says David Cooper, general manager for Family Dairies USA. “If members cannot attend one of the meetings, they can visit our new Facebook page to have questions answered and to discuss the proposal with other dairy producers.”
Family Dairies USA, based in Madison, Wis., is a grassroots, non-partisan, regional dairy co-op organization dedicated to bring fairness and equity to its family farm members in dairy policy matters and to provide excellence in dairy marketing services at reasonable prices. Family Dairies represents approximately 2,300 farms.
Manitowoc Milk Producers Cooperative, based in Manitowoc, Wis., was established in 1933 and represents more than 2,650 farms. The cooperative provides required Federal Milk Marketing Order services to members and is co-owner of a milk quality testing laboratory for components, cultures and somatic cell counts.
Milwaukee Cooperative Milk Producers, based in Brookfield, Wis., represents approximately 500 farms, providing insurance alternatives to dairy producers. Together with Manitowoc Milk Producers Cooperative, they co-own Fox Valley Quality Control Laboratory in Neenah, Wis. The cooperative was established in 1916.