Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
A Land of Milk and ButterHow Elites Created the Modern Danish Dairy Industry$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Markus Lampe and Paul Sharp

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226549507

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226549644.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 01 July 2022

The Spread of the Holstein System

The Spread of the Holstein System

Chapter:
(p.65) 4 The Spread of the Holstein System
Source:
A Land of Milk and Butter
Author(s):

Markus Lampe

Paul Sharp

Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226549644.003.0004

We discuss how the origins of the modern Danish dairy industry can be traced back to developments in the duchy of Holstein, where a new crop rotation system, Koppelwirtschaft, was combined with a central dairy facility, the hollænderi, together known as the Holstein System. This was first introduced to the large landed estates and gradually spread to the Kingdom of Denmark, both through the purchase of estates by landowners in Schleswig and Holstein, and through imitation. This system brought with it a number of innovations, including economies of scale, specialization, better hygiene, etc. Based on a number of contemporary sources, we explain how the system spread throughout Denmark from where it was first introduced in the 1760s by Adam Gottlob Moltke, as well as how a further impetus was made by a second wave of landowning elites after the Napoleonic Wars. We finally explain how the improvements on the estates trickled down to smaller landowners through, among other things, schooling, and scientific publications, and note that the distribution of the earliest cooperative creameries in 1890 bears a striking resemblance to the location of estates using the Holstein System a century earlier.

Keywords:   centralization of production, crop rotation, Holstein System, Koppelwirtschaft, knowledge transfer, diffusion of technology, production clusters

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.