Kelli and I were out and about one day. We stopped to pick up a few groceries. I was shocked when I saw this….
WHAT?? How could milk be so cheap?
I thought it was a misprint but saw that skim milk was even cheaper.
I thought it was just a gimmick to get people in the store..some HUGE price cut. It wasn’t though. Even the chocolate milk was dirt cheap.For a fraction of a second I thought cool!! That’s awesome milk is so cheap. Then I looked up and saw Kelli. In a FASTER second I wanted to cry.
Kelli and her husband Jason are dairy farmers. Jason, along with his family, milk 300-ish cows. They can’t make a living with prices so low. These are just some rough, figures…for a farmer, the cows can average just under 80 pounds of milk a day. A gallon of milk weighs 8.5 (ish) pounds. So VERY rough figuring says a cow gives 8-9-ish gallons of milk a day.
Milk prices for farmers have been dropping and dropping. $13 per 100 pounds of milk is the price projected to come. That means a farmer will only be paid about $10.40 for each cow per day. WHAT?
So with that money a farmer has to feed the cow, maintain the buildings, cover vet costs, breeding costs, the equipment costs and all the other costs….and then after all that, take care of his family. It’s ridiculous. Who can do that?
Growing up my dad milked cows. I remember he got $10-$12 per 100 of milk. He could make a living on that THEN in the 70’s….now…NOT!
Kelli has a good friend Megan. Her family milks cows. (The awesome cow pictures throughout this post are hers-thanks!)
Their family is trying so hard to keep their cows but Megan admits it daily gets harder. She recently wrote this:
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