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Hitting Rock Bottom

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  • notmilk2002 <notmilk@earthlink.net>
    On New Year s Day 1999, dairy farmers were receiving 37.3 cents for each quart of milk that they produced. This year, they will be netting under 21 cents per
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 1, 2003
      On New Year's Day 1999, dairy farmers
      were receiving 37.3 cents for each quart
      of milk that they produced. This year, they
      will be netting under 21 cents per quart.

      (Remarkably, the retail price of milk has
      gone up, not down. Every dairy farmer has
      been betrayed by the monster they themselves

      Consumers are not buying the dairy industry's
      enormous milk-mustache propaganda campaign.
      Fluid milk consumption is decreasing, and farmers,
      in a panic, are breeding and raising more cows and
      injecting their living milk machines with increased
      amounts of genetically engineered bovine growth
      hormones, just to keep up with and out-produce their

      When demand decreases, and supplies increase...
      well, you get the picture. Rock bottom prices

      The dairy trade is a deteriorating industry,
      and its universe is now spinning out of control.
      If not for billions of dollars of un-American-like
      welfare in the name of subsidies, the entire dairy
      industry would become bankrupt. Every dairy farmer
      in America is on this new form of American welfare,
      and a once proud dairyman's dignity has been
      stripped by the fact that he can no longer stand
      on his own. Your tax dollars continue to bail out
      those who produce pus with hormones and glue for
      America's children.

      These days, dairy farmers complain that the
      prices they are getting for milk have hit rock
      bottom. They cannot get any lower, can they?

      In November of 2002, farmers received $9.84
      for every hundred pounds of Class III milk.
      Class III milk is used for making cheese.


      On Friday (January 3, 2003), the United
      States Department of Agriculture will
      deliver a punch to the gut of all milk
      producers by announcing that December
      milk sales averaged $9.75, nine cents
      lower than November's unprecedented lows.

      Compare that to December of 1998. Just
      four years ago, dairymen were receiving
      $17.34 for every 100 pounds of milk that
      they pumped out of their cows. That's
      $7.59 difference. A cow can produce 30,000
      pounds of milk per year. A herd of 100
      cows can produce 3 million pounds of milk
      for a dairyman. That difference in net
      income represents a loss of $228,000 to
      such a dairy farmer.

      Advice to dairymen: It's time to let go.
      The future is in soymilk. Fortunes wait
      to be made. You don't have to feed, milk,
      or shovel manure from a soybean. Soymilk
      is nutritious, unlike body fluids from
      diseased bovines. Even Dean Foods, America's
      largest dairy processor, recognizes that
      their future rests in soy profits. One visit
      to any American supermarket will reveal that
      soymilk and soy yogurt are pushing cow's milk
      products aside, and Dean Foods has captured
      the major market share of soy.

      Now is the time for all good dairymen to do
      one of two things. Convert to soy or sell to
      a real estate developer.

      Your days are numbered.

      America was once home to millions of dairy farms.
      Today, it's just 78,000. Next year, the number
      will be in the 60,000 range. Next decade, 20,000
      or less. I do not expect to live to see the day that
      dairy farms become extinct like dodos, but I will
      live to see the day that only dumb dodos continue
      to drink cow's milk. Faced with increased
      scientific evidence that milk does not do the
      body any good, it amazes me that any person of
      sound mind would continue to touch the stuff.

      Today's horror of doing business for dairy farmers
      scars the psyche of third and fourth generation
      children who will one day leave the farm. There is
      no future in dairying, both from a financial and
      moral perspective. Milk betrays the animals, who live
      in slavery and die horrible deaths, and milk betrays
      human consumers, whose health becomes compromised by
      such use as a food.

      Robert Cohen
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