In a previous issue,1 the question of dairy inspection was discussed in a general way. It is evident that in order to obtain from dairy inspection results of value in the way of improvement of the milk-supply, a uniform system of inspection must be practiced and careful records kept. This would permit a comparison of the results accomplished and would encourage the improvement of dairies by the dairymen. The most reliable index of the quality of the milk-supply is the bacterial content. Improvement in dairy equipment and methods should be reflected in the bacterial findings.
In order to secure an efficient system of records and to facilitate the comparison of results a number of scorecards have been devised. The one most commonly used has been worked out by the Department of Agriculture and covers two features—equipment and methods. Under equipment are considered the health of cows, provisions for their
THE CARD SYSTEM OF RATING DAIRIES. JAMA. 1911;LVI(8):594-595. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560080042015