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Mattson, D. F.
Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin. Bulletin 54: the value of cleaner milk PDF (946.9 KB)

   This movement was started primarily for the purpose of
safeguarding the public health. Now this work means the
better couservation of a valuable food, in the end the improve-
ment of rural living conditions. As the milk supply. improves
in quality, its value increases, and the resulting keener demand
for it improves the prosperity of the section. It is a fact that
most milk is consumed at a higher price in the districts which
are noted for their clean dairies.
         BUY mixr AND CRZAM ON GRADE
   In Indiana a certain dairy products plant buys and pays for
milk on grade. During the warm period of the year a pre-
minum of 3 cents on each pound of butter fat is paid for cream
of number one grade. During the winter period a premium
of 4 cents is paid, or an average premium for the year of 3%
cents on each pound of butter fat. From July 1, 1916, to June
30, 1917, the plant purchased 191,522.6 pounds of butter fat.
Of this fat 62,935.4 pounds were graded number one; 128,587.2
pounds were graded number two and purchased at a price of
31 cents under number one cream. The loss to the farmers of
this one plant was $4,500.55 or 128,587.2 pounds at 3½ cents.
   As shown by these figures, about two-thirds of the fat
bought ws.graded number two. The writer, who was an in-
spector in Indiana, knows that the milk produced in the section
supplying these dairy products plants .is cleaner and better
than the average in the state. So, it is fair to judge that two-
thirds of the 30,000,000 pounds of -butter fat produced in
Indiana in 1915 graded number two. Twenty million pounds
at 3% cents a pound represents a loss of $700,000 to the pro.
   Unless the dairy products plants pay for butterfat on grade,
the prodner often fails to appreciate that although he receives
a mtuch as his neighbor, both he and his neighbor receive less
money for dirty milk than for clean milk. Only a second
grade product ean be made from second grade raw material.
A   nlant ouisnfaeturig and seli  econd grade goods cannot
aford to pay first grade prices for the raw material. In

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