Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Trend

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There is a growing opinion that farm milk prices will rise this fall. There will be a growing body of experts who will comment on the inevitable volatility of farm milk price. Those same experts will praise the “smart” ones who use the “tools” – contract some milk.

However, a look at the larger picture will reveal that those “tools” are pretty much meaningless in the face of the trend since 1980.

Certainly, part of the blame can and should be placed on those who exploit dairy farmers. But, this con game could not have transpired if dairy farmers had educated themselves of the workings of the system.


  1. Amen... granted I don't understand the whole pricing system other than it's corrupt. However how many of us have the time to learn between farming, family, chasing bovines... feeding bovines... etc and so forth and so...

    And if we don't take the time we'll never stop complaining and never make a difference for good. It's a double edged sword. Whatcha gonna do?

  2. I have been saying this for a long time. it is as important to get that last bale of hay made before the rain as it is to read, learn and understand this industry(pricing). many laugh at me when i tell them this. luckily there are a few of us who do somehow make that time. it is time to get some united voices. time is running out on the american dairy industry.
    Jake Jones, PA