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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Fortieth annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Beloit, Wis., November, 1911. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays and discussions relating to the dairy interests
(1912)

Rawl, B. H.
The work of the dairy division,   pp. 59-64 PDF (1.3 MB)


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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association.
laws and ordinances covering the production and distribution of milk.
Careful studies have been made of the milk supply of several of our
largest cities, particularly with regard to the source of supply, trans-
portation facilities, methods of distribution, and prices. The results
of these investigations have been published and afford a valuable fund
of information for health officials, dairy inspectors, milk dealers and
producers.
Through the dairy manufacturing section, employing eighteen men,
an effort is being made to increase the efficiency of the! creameries and
cheese factories. It is not practicable to reach all of them directly but
It is hoped, by means of correspondence and the personal assistance of
field men, to bring a few up to such a high standard that may serve
as models for others in the same neighborhood.
Much of the butter offered for sale in the large markets is inspected
by representatives of the Dairy Division, and in case of marked de-
fects, report is made to the creameries from which it was shipped and
remedies suggested. In this way many of the creameries have been
enabled to improve their product and secure higher prices.
Encouragement has been given to the practice of grading cream, so
that first-class cream may be separated from the inferior cream and
each paid for according to quality.
The men engaged in field work have used their influence to prevent
as far as possible the building of creameries by "promoters" in
places
where there is not sufficient supply of raw material to make the bus-
iness profitable. Of 52 creameries built in one state, mainly by pro-
nmoting concerns, only 17 proved successful. In another state, one in
seven survived. The loss of confidence caused in this way greatly
retards the real development of the dairying. The Diary Division is fre-
quently consulted my persons contemplating the establishment of
creameries, and where conditions seem favorable to such an enterprise,
the company is furnished with articles of agreement, by-laws, lists
of machinery, with free advice as to installation and operation.
Periodical reports are secured from 400 creameries, and much val-
uable data Is In this way collected, showing the general state of the
industry as well as the conditions and methods of operation In the in-
dividual plants.
POLICE WORK.
The Dairy Division is required by law to inspect the renovated butter
factories and their product and see that the sanitary conditions are
kept up to a certain standard. The quality of the stock, or butter to
be renovated, is also passed upon by the Inspectors.
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