Lots of milk? Build a cheese factory!

Shirland Items. as found in the Rockton Herald February 18, 1881
Shirland, Feb. 4th, 1881
We see by reading your paper that there is some talk of building a cheese factory in your town, if there should be any doubt as to its being a judicious investment, it might be somewhat interesting to look at a statement furnished us by Mr. E. S. Kizer, proprietor of the Shirland factory, as taken from his books.  They show the receipts of 921,955lbs. of milk during a period of seven months, ending with November last.  The product in cheese is 93.474lbs. requiring a trifle less than 10lbs. of milk to the pound of full cream cheese.  This amount of cheese sold readily at 12 cents, net, at the factory.  On the First of December last Mr. Kizer commenced to manufacture what is called “skims”.  He skims to the amount of 2?lbs. of  butter from one hundred weight of milk.  The milk is then made into what is called half-skinned cheese, which requires a trifle over ten pounds of milk for a ounce of cheese. The butter has all been sold at an average of a little above twenty-five cents net, to the patrons at the factory, and the “half-skins” are all sold up to Feb. 1st, at ten cents at the factory, which makes the patrons very well satisfied with the results of the past season.  W. H. Pollock says that his cows will net him for the season fifty-dollars per head.  What and where is the investment that pays a better percent than cows at say from $25 to $40 per head, which pay their cost in six months.  Mr. Kizer intends to build an addition to his factory in the spring as the increase in his business requires more room.  His machinery pertaining to the factory is all nearly or quite new and in perfect order and he has given entire satisfaction to his patrons he may expect to do a big business the coming season.

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One comment on “Lots of milk? Build a cheese factory!

  1. interesting. (Ask your Mom if she’s still in business with Farmville/farmtown!)

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