Milk Money

Dairy Farmers Forced To Thin The Herds

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Count dairy farmers among the hardest hit by the recession, and count California, the nation’s top milk-producer, among the states most reeling from plummeting dairy prices. The average projected price for 100 pounds of milk this year is $12, NPR reports today — adding that the last time it was that low was 1979. According to San Francisco-area dairy farmer Joey Mendoza, that’s enough to cover only about half of his costs, so he’s selling his cows to slaughter. Recovery for the industry will be slow, though farmers like Mendoza are looking to cash in on current food trends by offering pricier organic milk.

Are Dairy Farmers A Dying Breed? [NPR]

Dairy Farmers Forced To Thin The Herds