Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

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Because quality directly affects both price and consumption, one of the basic problems facing the butter industry in South Dakota is quality improvement. Under the price support program, certain minimum quality standards have to be complied with before surplus butter can be sold to the government. One-fourth of the butter produced in South Dakota does not meet this minimum quality requirement, assuming that conditions have not changed since 1951-52. Marketing and processing cream plays an important part in quality. The small producer is at a disadvantage in that he usually does not have the facilities to handle his cream properly. After separating, there is a good chance that this cream is going to stand without refrigeration, which could lead to increasing bacteria counts that rapidly deteriorate the cream. If farmers would become quality conscious, and resort to better or more suitable methods of

handling, the quality of their cream could be greatly improved. Such a method could possibly be the shipment of cream in plastic bags rather than cans. This method of handling cream was devised by the Galva Creamery Company, Galva, Illinois. This creamery manager was of the opinion that a better quality cream was obtained when bags rather than cans were used for cream procurement. The purpose of this study is to determine the feasibility of shipping cream in plastic bags rather than cans. Cost and quality differences of the two systems of cream procurement are to be compared in order to determine if conversion from cans to plastic bag is warranted.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Cream -- Marketing


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South Dakota State University


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