The cooperative creamery

I have mentioned before that almost all products sold from the farms in the village were butter and bacon. A small amount of eggs were also delivered but I am not sure how many left the village. While pigs for slaughter was transported to the cooperative slaughterhouse in Herning, this was merely a business to which the pigs were delivered. Not so for the creamery, this had an important social element. It meant something everyday. Milk was collected by the milk cart and skimmed milk and or whey was returned. The sour skimmed milk and the whey were the protein sources for pigs and calves. The feed for the pigs consisted mainly of boiled ensiled potatoes grown for that purpose, some barley meal ground at home, and skimmed milk. The potatoes were boiled using the excess steam from the creamery. There were two containers each of which contained about 1 tonne of potatoes taken to the creamery by horse and wooden carts. I frequently  took the  fresh potatoes up, filling up with the steamed potatoes for the return trip -they were pleasantly warm to sit on! The creamery had its own special atmosphere of sounds and smells. The sound was the clicking and banging of 40-litre-churn lids, of unloading and reloading the wagon, the smells were a wonderful mixture steamed potatoes, sour milk and warm horse manure.

Every year the annual general meeting was an important event. Here the different milk runs were auctioned, the profits, if any, distributed and matters of importance

discussed. On one occasion before my time, the creamery was about to divide in two, those who would deliver milk on Sundays and those who would not on religious

grounds. The milk from Sunday had to be stored to Monday and usually sour so Sunday milk would be given to the pigs if the creamery refused to take it. (Bacterial counts were becoming more important as they became easier to measure)A piece of land was even allocated to a new creamery but eventually a compromise was reached and the milk was collected on Saturday evening so that only the Sunday morning milk was suspect. By the time I was on the scene, however, milk was collected Sunday morning too -. it was too much for the puritans to have to do without the cheque for Sunday morning’s milk.