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Old 09-30-2012, 05:27 AM
 
Location: Oregon
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HANFORD, Calif. (AP) — In nearly six decades of running a dairy in central California, Mary Cameron made a name for herself in a male-dominated industry: She led several dairy organizations and was honored as Outstanding Dairy Producer of the Year.
But the 82-year-old Cameron — who still drives a tractor and supervises her Hanford dairy — is on the brink of losing her life's work. She can no longer pay the bills. Her bank has classified her loan as distressed. And she can't afford enough feed for her 900 milking cows and 1,000 heifers.
"I have been in this business for 57 years and I have never been in financial trouble like I am right now," said Cameron, who runs the Atsma-Cameron Dairy with her two sons. "I'm on the verge of bankruptcy. It's horrible and inexcusable."
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Calif dairies going broke due to feed, milk prices - Yahoo! News

And of course it's the family owned Farms that are suffering.

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Old 09-30-2012, 07:09 AM
 
Location: California / Maryland / Cape May
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Calif dairies going broke due to feed, milk prices - Yahoo! News

And of course it's the family owned Farms that are suffering.
They should switch to selling almond milk.
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Bay Area
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They should switch to selling almond milk.
i agree. the cows deserve better. california cows are NOT happy cows.
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:52 AM
 
Location: San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties
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something to consider, milk prices are artificially supported by the government. If they weren't, dairies would have gone under years ago.
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Consider the illogic of federal dairy policies. They jack up milk prices for millions of families at the same time that other programs, such as food stamps, aim to reduce food costs. And although federal law generally prohibits cartels, a federal dairy cartel enforces high milk prices. If Coke and Pepsi got together and agreed to hike prices, they would be prosecuted. But with milk, raising prices is government policy.
Us milk drinkers have been forced to pay far more for milk than its actual market value. Our dairies, usually run by good patriotic Republican dairy men, have been socialist for decades.
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:54 AM
 
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Calif dairies going broke due to feed, milk prices - Yahoo! News

And of course it's the family owned Farms that are suffering.
Its a really hard time for Dairy farms all over the US. Lots of herds being sent to the slaughterhouse. Enjoy the lower beef prices now, cause milk and beef prices will be going through the roof in 2013.
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:02 AM
 
Location: SW MO
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something to consider, milk prices are artificially supported by the government. If they weren't, dairies would have gone under years ago.


Us milk drinkers have been forced to pay far more for milk than its actual market value. Our dairies, usually run by good patriotic Republican dairy men, have been socialist for decades.
And injecting your one-sided, nauseatingly repetitious political bias into almost every thread really helps. Milk prices have been tenuous and propped by "fair market" practices for decades. Nothing new under the sun but the market reflecting the real economy. People are running out of money - theirs at least.
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:07 AM
 
Location: San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties
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It must be awful to be bitter after a life time of kicking around on planet Earth. You should know by now, that arguing with me doesn't work, since I do my homework before I post.

Cato institute, not exactly a liberal haven:
The Madness of American Milk Prices | Chris Edwards | Cato Institute: Daily Commentary
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:34 AM
 
Location: SW MO
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It must be awful to be bitter after a life time of kicking around on planet Earth. You should know by now, that arguing with me doesn't work, since I do my homework before I post.

Cato institute, not exactly a liberal haven:
The Madness of American Milk Prices | Chris Edwards | Cato Institute: Daily Commentary
::::YAWN:::: Same old, same old. And of course we all know how wonderful you are. You tell us so incessantly. But everything isn't inextricably tied to polarized politics and where it is there's plenty of blame to go around. However, it takes a non-partisan, balanced perspective to realize it.

Hate to break it to you but for every think tank there an equal and opposite think tank. Same with polls, data and much else.
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:35 AM
 
Location: SW MO
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i agree. the cows deserve better. california cows are NOT happy cows.
But they have to be. The TV ads say so!
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:14 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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We saw this coming and bailed out of the dairy business a looong time ago. Pasture fed cows are the new happy cows.

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