Order I pay price $17.57 per hundred-weight (cwt.)
Despite warnings that we and others issued, many dairy farmers are now facing reality when they received official word that the pay price for the milk they delivered to milk handlers in the Northeast Federal Order was $17.57 per cwt. for January 2015. One must remember that all dairy farmers are suffering these devastating prices and unfortunately there is more to come.
A reporter for the Farmshine newspaper reported that members of IDFA (the milk handlers group) and the National Milk Producers Association may be meeting to discuss new methods to price milk. This would be scary as it has been these same people that appear to be the ones that promoted the pricing formula that is playing havoc with many dairy farmers today.
I believe it’s time that many farm organizations sit down and discuss a new pricing formula for dairy farmers. It’s time we set aside some of the differences that we might have and concentrate on a new pricing formula for all dairy farmers. These same organizations should be evaluating other steps that can restore sanity to the method used to price dairy farmers’ milk at the farm.
Remember the price paid to dairy farmers for September 2014 was $26.16 per cwt. (Federal Order #1). This means the $17.57 price for January’s milk was $8.59 per cwt. less than the September price. This amounts to approximately 80 cents a gallon. Will consumers pay less in the stores?
When will butter prices come down in the stores? The Class IV price (butter, powdered milk) in all the Federal Orders is now down to $13.23 per cwt. Why is butter still selling for over $5 a pound in some stores? (Especially some of the so-called classy packaged butter.)
There are many things that need to be corrected!
However, on the plus side our friend Nina Teicholz, author of the 2014 best-selling book, “The Big Fat Surprise, Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet”, is gaining momentum. According to the Yahoo news outlet, a new draft of a report from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee contains a big shift in warnings that were first issued four decades ago suggesting that “cholesterol no longer needs to be viewed as a nutrient of concern.” Will this report allow a major change in our school lunch programs as we have been strongly advocating?
The Yahoo news agency interviewed Nina in her kitchen days before the announcement was made. Every dairy farmer and farm organization should be jumping on Nina’s bandwagon.
More and more consumers are telling me they now consider many of the margarines to possibly contain plastic and so they use only butter.
Let’s get whole milk back into our schools. Remember the 5 year old boy in Carbondale, PA who says, “Mom, when you go to the store, make sure you buy the red cap (whole milk) milk cause it’s the best!”
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Arden Tewksbury, Manager, Pro-Ag