Sunday, February 7, 2010

Getting By

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There are more and more stories of dairy farmers cutting out grain to get buy with today's prices.

California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) quarterly collects dairy farm costs of production data. The latest data looks like a dairy farm about to go under. How long can anyone put off repairs?


  1. Doesn't even take into account feeding your family,hauling,or many other of the expenses associated with life.CDFA does these surveys,but hasNO input at all toward helping the farmers they are paid to represent. (ie the powder debacle of the last two weeks that sees the farmer lose 25 cents a pound all at once)

  2. So, if the processors want to raise cash, do they just blatantly LIE about inventories to the USDA?

  3. Hard to imagine isn't it?

  4. Not only do they lie about it, the USDA lets them with serious lack of oversite, no auditing system, and a poor excuse for a pricing mechanism.

  5. So, let me get this straight. This administration started a dairy advisory committee and how many processors are represented vs "real" dairy farmers?

    Why are processors even on the committee?

    Does the current administration get it or maybe they do get it and are just wasting their time giving the impression that "something" is being done to help.

  6. Your last paragraph sums it up nicely