Sunday, July 26, 2009
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There is no end of people, people who do not milk cows advising farmers to get together and come up with a plan they all can agree with. The one shoe fits all mentality.
Well, let’s look at federal milk market order 7, with headquarters near Atlanta, Georgia. More than half of the milk pooled on order 7 is from many, many miles away. Some farmers milking cows in New Mexico, for instance, get a bigger milk check because their milk is pooled on order 7.
All that means that dairy farmers in order 7, a deficit region, have seen their class I utilization fall along with the bottom line on their milk check.
If the milk pricing system is not broken, how can dairy farmers in a deficit region be receiving so little for their milk.
“Fair is foul and foul is fair” chanted the witches in Macbeth.