Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin
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. ducers POOR CRT" IMEAS POOR BUTTER 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 -P-ayA
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