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The banker-farmer news bulletin
(1920-1924)

Macklin, Theodore
The Banker-farmer news bulletin. Bulletin no. 21: standardization of dairy products PDF (1.1 MB)



          STANDARDIZATION OF DAIRY PRODUCTS
                            By THEODORE MACKLIN
                College of Agriculture of the University of Wisconsin.
      The vast importance of dairying in Wisconsin not only to farmers themselves
but to every class of business and professional men is not generally appreciated.
It is,
therefore not surprising at all that the people of the state are not alive
to the fact that
the selling of the state's dairy products in an ungraded and non-standardized
form is
losing the state and her people millions of dollars annually. Just what is
the nature
-of this loss and what might be done to prevent it?
      Over one-quarter of the income of the farmers of the state is from
cheese and
butter. Grading and standardization of cheese and butter are therefore amply
repre-
sentatve of dairy products.
        CONSUMER PAYS HIGHEST PRICES FOR BEST QUALITY
      It is well known that consumers in buying want the best goods. When
pur-
chasing butter, the consumer pays more for the best butter or cheese than
for the
lower grades of these same products. For example, a local retailer in response
to a tele-
phone call at the moment of writing quotes butter of three grades-at 47 cents,
45 cents,
and 44 cents per pound. These price differences signify how the consumer
pays more
for fancy than for ordinary creamery butter. The creameries of Wisconsin
know
from experience that it is impossible for any one of them to attempt by itself
to
successfully practice a combination scheme of cream grading and paying farmers
according to quality. The result is that almost without exception creameries
in the
same neighborhood all pay a flat price for cream irrespective of quality.
                 A WISCONSIN CO-OPERATIVE CREAMERY.
    A Co-Operative Creamery Plant Equipment like this should be owned and
operated
by farmers united into a federation to insure the standardization of butter
and payment
to farmers according to quality.


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